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

Public participation policy review meeting

KMET through the Governance project held a three-days meeting with stakeholders from Kisumu County to come up with a final document from a draft copy of Public Participation Policy for Kisumu County. Representatives from the office of Kisumu County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF), Plan International together with other CSOs met at a Kisumu hotel to review the draft document (Public Participation Policy) before is handed over to the executive office of the county and county assembly for its approval.
The Public Participation Policy is anchored on the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and relevant Acts of parliament particularly the County Government Act 2012.
Citizen participation and involvement in budget allocation with County Governments have not been fruitful following the challenges faced by Kisumu residents. There have been obstacles.
The purpose of the Public Participation Policy is to clearly communicate the expectations of the Kisumu County to staff and community, as this will help everyone to know when they should consult and why. It is further to help the community and/or people to understand and encourage them to contribute to the democratic participation and decision-making processes of the county government. The community and/or people will have the opportunity to influence how county government functions through effective and meaningful public engagement processes. This would lead to improved and sustainable policy decisions to govern Kisumu County.
The document has gone under a series of reviews, from the first stage to the fourth stage. This follows concerted efforts by the same partners in 2016 that saw the County pass a County Public Participation Bill.
The final document will soon be handed over to the County Executive office, the County Assembly and finally its launch.
The Governance project is implemented in collaboration with Concern Worldwide with support from the European Union.

KMET Breaks Silence On Unsafe Abortion to mark Sept 28 

September 28th is recognized internationally as a day for grassroots activism against unsafe abortion and is one of the most significant global events celebrated annually in the Reproductive Health calendar.
On this day, KMET took the lead in breaking the silence of unsafe abortion by engaging the locals through Media Urban Radio and conducted a community in-reach to provide Sexual Reproductive Health information and services to women of reproductive age.

Speaking at Urban Radio KMET Executive Director mentioned that among the big five causes of maternal deaths, unsafe abortion has always contributed to the highest proportion even though it is the least discussed. She emphasized that unless we talk about it, our girls will continue with the ignorance.
An in-reach  conducted at KMET, brought  together young women from the community around who benefited from a reproductive health information as well as free health services  .

KMET commemorates world contraception day

In-order to secure a future where every pregnancy is wanted, the new generation should be able to make an informed decision about their reproductive health rights. This is only achievable when everyone takes the responsibility. World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year. It is a worldwide campaign to improve awareness of contraception use among women of reproductive age.

In honor of this day KMET collaborated with other partners in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World Contraceptive Day since its inception in 2007 with the theme ‘it’s your life it’s your choice,’ A number of services were available to all women including  Ultra sound services which was being offered by KMET.

The event provided a platform for women to learn more about family planning and other reproductive health services and to eliminate the confusion of choosing a method, which is more suitable to them given that there are a number of methods available.

In attendance was the chief guest Deputy Governor Dr. Mathews Owilli who recognized the importance of the CHVs in the community.” The CHVs in many cases help us even Identify any disease outbreak apart from referring clients to the facilities.”