Family Health and Preventing Maternal and Child Deaths

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Kenya has made great strides in reducing child deaths, with a nearly 30 percent decline in child and infant mortality between 2008 and 2014. 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.

USAID works with the national and county governments to help the most vulnerable families receive effective, affordable health services. Using evidence-based approaches, our work creates an environment where women have safer pregnancies and deliveries, and newborns and young children receive the care they need to grow and thrive. USAID’s family health program is strengthening the capacity of county governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to plan, implement, and finance solutions to local development challenges. We work in partnership with other development partners such as UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization, the GAVI vaccination alliance, and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

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Monday, March 14, 2022 - 10:30am

Last updated: March 15, 2022