Family Health and Preventing Maternal and Child Deaths

Kenya has made great strides in reducing child deaths, with a nearly 30 percent decline in child and infant mortality between 2008 and 2014 according to national demographic and health surveys.  Newborns and young children have a better chance at reaching their full potential thanks to improvements in antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, malaria prevention and control, and increased immunization.

Despite this progress, mothers and babies still face high risks before, during and after childbirth. Although preventable and treatable, AIDS, dehydration from diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia remain leading causes of child death and illness in Kenya because families do not have access to quality health information and services. 

USAID works with national and county governments of Kenya to help the poorest and most vulnerable families receive effective, affordable health services. Our activities are creating an environment where women have safer pregnancies and deliveries; and newborns and young children receive the care they need to grow, develop and thrive.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:30am

Last updated: April 10, 2019