RURAL AGRARIAN POPULATIONS IN KAKAMEGA COUNTY

 

With a population of 1,660,6511 , Kakamega county is the second most populous county after Nairobi county. Women make up more than half the population, with 24.7% being women of child bearing age. The county was ranked fifth amongst 15 counties with the worst reproductive maternal neonatal child and adolescent health in Kenya2.Inadequate integration of health services, high levels of poverty and high HIV burden are the major factors affecting these maternal outcomes.

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health-Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (CMNH-LSTM) partnered with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, DFID and UNICEF to increase the availability and improve the quality of Skilled Birth Attendance and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC). LSTM does this through competency based EMONC training for maternity care and training of maternity care providers on quality improvement and strengthening MNH data gathering.

UNICEF and its implementing partners implemented the MNH programme with specific interventions aimed at increasing access and utilisation of basic maternal and new-born services targeting women of reproductive age. These included:

  • Demand side financing and human resource for health;
  • Upgrade and functionalise the centres of excellence to provide EmONC and CEmONC; and
  • Demand generation – strengthening community health system and social accountability process.

1 https://www.scribd.com/doc/36672705/Kenya-Census-2009

2 http://kenya.unfpa.org/news/counties-highest-burden-maternal-mortality

Lea Mimba

Lea Mimba

 Uterine Balloon Tamponade

Uterine Balloon Tamponade

Despite the investments made to date and current MNH activities, there are opportunities for improving MNH outcomes related to the following priority gaps:

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