Kuboresha Afya Mitaani

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The Kuboresha Afya Mitaani: Urban Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program integrates typically siloed actors in the quality-of-care space in Nairobi to create a ‘quality ecosystem’ in the informal settlements of Mathare and Kawangware. This includes women and families, communities, facilities and their providers, health regulators, and actors in sanitation and air pollution.  This project is being implemented over three years with funding from USAID’s Health Research Program. The target populations are pregnant women, postpartum women, and children up to the age of 1 in the informal settlements, as well as the associated households and communities they live in. 

The program is expected to affect the lives of approximately 60,000 mothers and children. It will work with both public and private facilities that provide MNCH services in the target areas, collaborating with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and focusing on the care-seeking period that extends from pregnancy until 12 months postpartum. This period features the highest risk of morbidity and mortality for mothers and infants. Global data shows that 88 percent of maternal deaths occur in the period between pregnancy and 42 days postpartum. Additionally, many under-5 deaths in Kenya occur in the first year of life, making it a critical period for health implementation strategies and promotion of vaccine coverage.

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Friday, March 19, 2021 - 2:30am

Last updated: March 19, 2021