KMET Facilitates a Sensitization Meeting for Kenya Obstetrical and Gyneocological Society (KOGS)


Maternal mortality rate is still high in sub-Saharan Africa despite the struggle to reduce the mortality rate. In 2016, about 9620 mothers died at child-birth hence translating to 26 deaths per day.
According to Professor Khama Rogo, the role of the Gynecologists in reducing maternal death is second to the role of God in helping the same woman and thus all innovations identified to cub maternal deaths must first be embraced with them. Speaking at the Kenya obstetrical and gynaecological Society (KOGS) sensitization meeting facilitated by KMET, professor Rogo stressed that achieving the ambitious target to end maternal and child death is everyone’s responsibility.
The meeting which draws obstetricians and gynaecologists from Western Kenya and had a major aim of sensitizing the participants on the use of ESM-UBT, a low cost, safe and easy-to-use package effective in saving women with uncontrolled postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). See more http://bit.ly/2wohhHH
With the use of UBT in health facilities, many lives have been saved in many counties and even beyond Africa.
KMET’s executive director Monica Oguttu in her presentation said, that early use of UBT is a way of limiting ongoing uterine blood loss while initiating other measures, and can be readily implemented by health providers with comprehensive training. It can be a life-saving intervention, especially in low-resource settings where blood transfusion and surgical facilities may not be available.
Massachusetts General Hospital in partnership with KMET, have successfully introduced ESM-UBT in KENYA and other countries like South Sudan, Sierra Leon, Tanzania, Ghana, and Nepal. The UBT package is clinically safe and promising. In Kenya, Garissa County has fully embrace the use of ESM-UBT through the help of Ministry of Health (MOH) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGqcRNz0SBY

Peace messaging in schools

These are messages developed for use in schools and in the communities to promote peace, safety and security of the children to give them hope in our society. These was facilitated by KMET in collaboration with Ministry of Education (MOE)

KMET trains 16 private hospitals from Kisumu County on management of PPH using the ESM-UBT

26 healthcare practitioners of various cadres are currently undergoing a training on management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) using the Every Second Matters Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBTTM) at the KMET Health Complex.


Uncontrolled PPH (bleeding after birth) is a leading cause of maternal death worldwide and accounts for over 2000 deaths in Kenya annually. If not managed effectively a healthy woman can die within two hours after developing PPH.

According to Kisumu County Health Information and Records officer, Mr. James Otieno, the county has recorded an increase in maternal deaths this year due to the protracted nurses’ strike in the public sector that has rendered most clients especially pregnant women helpless.

The industrial action has also seen the private sector catering for an unusually huge number of patients hence the KMET-facilitated training is a move to improve preparedness of the private health facilities to handle maternal health emergencies-especially PPH.

The training covers active management of third stage of labor (AMTSL), basic PPH management, and emergency PPH management which includes use the ESM-UBT to manage bleeding.


The ESM-UBT is an evidence-based, low cost, effective, easy to use and safe solution for uncontrolled PPH and is assembled and distributed by KMET through the KMET Centre for Maternal Health Innovations Centre. It can arrest PPH in 5 to 10 minutes and has recorded a 97% survival from uncontrolled PPH among critically ill women.

Over 350 lives in 15 counties have been saved by the kit since its roll out in 2012 in the country in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ministry of Health Kenya.

NAWIRI MALEZI BORA LAUNCH

The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. Breast milk is the safest and healthiest food a mother can ever think to give her baby. It is easily digested and provides all the nutrition a baby needs for the first six months.  Studies have it right that babies who breastfeed have better mental development and emotional security. They also have better jaw and tooth development and stronger immune systems.
  In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients, a baby needs the breast milk the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. In line with improving maternal health, KMET under Nawiri project in consortium with care Kenya had 100 mothers graduating for successfully participating in mother-to-mother support groups for a period of six months. The mothers were taken thorough exclusive breastfeeding, benefits of breastfeeding to both a mother and a child among other topics under a child nutrition.
KMET in collaboration with Care Kenya, Family Health Option and Ministry of Health is implementing Nawiri project  whose main objective is to  advocate and create demand for access and utilize quality maternal and child nutrition services in Siaya County