KMET Huduma Poa conducts IMCI training to bolster efforts in managing child illnesses

ormation from the mother is crucial in assessment


Child mortality rates within western Kenya and North Rift regions has been pointed out as reason enough for providers to implement Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, IMCI, within their facilities.
KMET Deputy CEO Sam Owoko called on providers to embrace IMCI since it’s a conceptual approach which offers simple and effective methods to comprehensively prevent and help manage the leading causes of illness and mortality in children below five years.
Sam also said that KMET is ready to partner with and provide loans to the private health facilities which have funding problems that reduce their capacity to offer quality healthcare to clients.
He further outlined the benefits the health facilities would accrue such as accreditation and quality standards through Safe Care.
“You can start from level 1 all the way to level 5 which is the highest and gives a facility international status,” he said.
Amos Onderi programs coordinator Health Communication and Marketing underlined the need to implement IMCI because that’s the main reason for training the providers.
The training brought together providers from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, and Nandi among other counties from around Western Kenya.
The providers were able to learn several aspects of child disease. From the signs and symptoms which present themselves.
The providers were involved in practicum sessions at the Mbale Rural Health Centre and Vihiga District hospital where they attended to inpatient and outpatient.
The facilitators, Charles Ngwalla, Kisumu county clinical officer, George Nyawalo, county clinical officer Siaya, Azenath Aluoch, county clinical officer, Homa Bay County were instrumental in aiding the training session. With vast experience in child diseases they were crucial as they imparted knowledge to the providers.

Huduma Poa HIV testing and counseling training.

Participants taking DBS samples during the post testKMET last week conducted an HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) training for providers whose facilities are within the Huduma Poa franchise.
The main aim was to train participants who were drawn from 12 different counties on how to use and interpret results on the new HIV test kits before the current ones are completely faced out.
A number of cases have been reported of clients being given inconsistent results with regard to their HIV status a situation which has prompted the government to opt for new test kits which are time crucial and easier to interpret results.
Caren Omiya a lab technician, who was also a facilitator, said the new test kits are expected to reduce erroneous results given to clients hence improve on efficiency of testing services.
The peak of the training was during the practicum session at Kisumu District Hospital and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital where one of the participants managed to counsel and test a street boy who after knowing his status decided to go back home.
Kisumu District Medical laboratory technologist, Samuel Onjoro, who was also a facilitator, stressed on the need for providers to practice ethics in counseling and testing clients for good results to be realized.
  Health Communication and Marketing Coordinator Amos Onderi urged providers to implement the lessons learnt during training to offer quality services.
Amos also informed the providers that the current HIV test kits are still in use until the new ones are supplied to facilities hence clients should not be turned away because of lack of new test kits.
In her remarks during the closure of training, KMET Executive Director, Monica Oguttu stressed to providers to record and manage data on HIV properly since data is the only indicator of progress.
She also called on the providers to improve on HIV counseling and testing services in antenatal clinics due to the low outcomes as indicated in such clinics.
Monica finally challenged the providers to go back, train others in the facilities and deliver quality services.

Job Vacancy 2018

Position: Project Officer (1)

Location: KMET Offices, Kisumu with 70% field travels
Duration: 1 (One) Year fixed contract,
Reporting to: Team Leader – Innovative Projects
Availability: April 2, 2018




KMET is a non-governmental organization founded in 1995 in Kisumu, Kenya. It was established to promote quality health and education services in Kenya. KMET is committed to serve underserved communities in three intervention areas of reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH); quality healthcare services and young people’s empowerment. KMET is implementing maternal health interventions in 17 of Kenya’s 47 Counties with some of the poorest maternal and newborn health indicators.

Collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), with support from UK Department for International Development (DFID) KMET is implementing the County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) in partnership with the Ministry of Health Kenya to roll out the Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies–Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM–UBTTM) - a lifesaving innovation for managing uncontrolled Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) in Garissa, Turkana, Bungoma and Kakamega counties. 

KMET is working closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, PATH, JHPIEGO and other likeminded stakeholders in implementation of CICF activities. In order to coordinate these activities KMET is hiring a suitable candidate as a Project Officer. 

Job Purpose:

The CICF Project Officer will play a key role in providing technical support, coordination and supervision of project activities. This include conducting trainings/refresher trainings, mentorship  to health providers, supervision of trained providers, supporting data collection and reporting, facilitating joint program review meetings, validating quality of data collected and ensuring that data is being used by county health management teams/providers to support program decisions. The position holder may also be called upon to represent KMET in Maternal Neonatal Health partner meetings at the National and County levels.



KMET wishes to invite applications from competent firms for prequalification for supply of goods and the services listed here for the period ending 31st December 2018.




Beth Cobert Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang Jennifer Pryce and Francis Kelly with the Medical Credit Fund OPIC Impact Award.Medical Credit Fund (MCF) was on March 12th 2014 awarded by OPIC (Overseas Private Investments Corporation) in the category of Access to Finance. This was in recognition of the role they play in providing affordable loans and technical assistance for small and medium-sized healthcare providers in Africa.

Beth Cobert Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang Jennifer Pryce and Francis Kelly with the Medical Credit Fund OPIC Impact Award.

The Amsterdam based MCF (to which KMET together with PSK, APHTA, Hygea Foundation and Marie Stopes International are technical assistance partners) was awarded during the first ever impact awards held at the US Chamber Of Commerce In Washington DC and it’s the first ever socially marketed financial service, financing healthcare in African countries.

Speaking at the awards, MCF Managing Director, Monique Dolfing Vogelenzang said, “We are incredibly honored to have been recognized by this award”.

Medical Credit Fund seeks to improve provision of healthcare by targeting small privately owned clinics in business and quality training, clinics learn how to develop their business potential and how to improve the quality of their healthcare services. At the same time, access to capital allows them to purchase modern equipment, hire expert staff, make basic repairs or expand their facilities.

These clinics are targeted because they provide 50% of healthcare services in Africa and are staple for low and middle income populations. MCF is present in other African countries including Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana.

Mr. Odero, Otieno Martin, Head of Business Medical Credit Fund at KMET says KMET has so far recruited 172 private facilities in the quality improvement program and offered them entry loans amounting to 42,950,000 KES and medium loans amounting to 145,345,000 KES towards improvement of health care in those private facilities.