Ward administrators, community conversation facilitators meet

Ward administrators, community conversation facilitators meet

 KMET and Concern Worldwide (Concern) on June 17 2016 concluded a two-day meeting in Kisumu County engaging community conversation facilitators and Kisumu Ward Administrators to share their experiences on citizen participation during the just concluded 2016/2017 budget cycle.


While it was reported that public participation was fairly conducted in that period, it was also noted that community members who attended the public fora were ill prepared and most blamed it on the short notice upon which the meetings were held.  


In this regard, the team of sixty discussed strategies and made work plans to help them link community action plans from the villages with the 2017/2018 county budgeting and planning process that is due to kick off in September 2016.


The forum also created leader-citizen collaboration between the two teams and provided a rich forum for civic education where roles of members of county assembly and those of ward administrators were demystified.


KMET and Concern are implementing a three-year project that utilizes a socially transformative approach known as known as community conversations (CC). The approach aims at galvanizing communities to address underlying causes of underdevelopment and vulnerability through open and regular meetings that allow people from diverse social and economic groups to exchange new ideas and address problems affecting them.


The project, which targets 21 groups in Kisumu Central and Kisumu East constituencies, has created an opportunity for the community to prioritize their development needs making it easier to engage in constructive dialogue in governance processes like the county budget cycle.


Even though CCs originated as a tool for behaviour change in HIV and AIDS programs and has been adopted by the Kenya National AIDS Control Council in its competency guidelines for communities evidence suggests the transformative benefits extend to other economic and social concerns, if adopted as a tool for public participation in formal development processes.

KMET held a consultative meeting with Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH).

 

Medical Credit Fund (MCF) is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Medical Credit Fund-Netherlands, Local Banks Sidian Bank formerly K-rep and Chase Bank, KMET and Pharm Access from the year 2010 with the aim of providing credit fund to private healthcare sector and provision of affordable quality healthcare service. In Kenya this done by KMET as a Technical Assistance Partner (TAP)


KMET held a consultative forum with Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) at Dans Hotel in Kisii County. The meeting discussed and strategized on ways of improving quality of Healthcare in private hospitals in South Nyanza Region.


The forum engrossed several private hospitals from south Nyanza region which compasses four counties Migori county, Kisii county, Nyamira county and Homabay counties.


Speaking in the forum, Dr. Simeon Ombeche ,Secretary KAPH plead with NHIF to disburse funds timely for smooth running of the private hospital as there were delays in the disbursements. He also applauded the effort KMET is making to ensure quality in the health sector.


The MCF program as achieved the following over the period; construction of new facilities, investment in medical equipment, improved data management through purchased of standard computer and software and staff training which has seen a tremendous improvement in service delivery.


The program has to date spread across twenty two counties in Kenya and a total of 109 health facilities have been beneficiaries of these program since its inception.


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KMET Innovative Program Team to train County Bemonc and sub-county RHC on UBT use

ubt training at royal city hotel

KMET Innovative Program Team has initiated a Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) training program that is set to take place in three Counties; Kisumu, Homa bay and Migori.

The program is meant to training the County Bemonc and sub-county Reproductive Health Coordinators on the use of UBT which is one of the KMET’s medical ways of curbing maternal mortality as a result of Postpartum Hemorrhage.

The first training kicked off on May 31 2016 at Royal city hotel in Kisumu County with many County Bemonc and the sub-county Reproductive Health Coordinators in attendance to gain experience on UBT use a head of Homa bay and Migori. 

The training is more of practical oriented where trainees are taken through a series of steps to be followed while carrying out the technique. This creates a discussion platform where all the issues pertaining to UBT use are addressed hence helping them to master the use of UBT and expanding their options of managing PPH.

At the end of every training, the trainees are provided with printed UBT manual guides, flip chat and kits that will assist and guide them carryout the technique.

UBT is one of the most affordable techniques that can be used in low resource settings to address the main health threats to pregnant women with excessive bleeding during or after delivery.

kmet team therefore target at increasing the scale and implementation of UBT by ensuring better integration of this technique into the community level.

Kisumu County joined KMET in Celebrating the International Day of Action for Women's Health

International Day of Action for Women's Health


Kisumu County has made a strong resolution to fight maternal mortality, as this constitutes to number one threats to the woman’s health in Kenya.


In celebration of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, the team that composed health stakeholders including county & sub county health representatives, non-profit organizations and the community began with a procession from Kisian to Ojola sub-county hospital where the event took place.

All Vocal   one voice “wadagi tho manego mine kanyual” we condemn maternal mortality.  

The event that was organized by KMET together with the Ministry of Healthy purposed to celebrate the WOMAN through creating awareness about and offering reproductive health services to all women of reproductive age.

According to Ruth Odinga deputy governor Kisumu County who was in attendance, reducing mortality rates requires multisectoral investments and prioritizing social determinacy education, gender equality and ensuring proper sanitation.

She further stated that a developed county is determined by the wellbeing of her women in terms of their good and health conditions. “Kisumu County can never do well in terms of development when our women still undergo maternal mortality,” Said Ruth.

Speaking on the same, Hon. Elizabeth Ominde Ogaja the County Executive Committee Member of Health Kisumu County advocated for gender quality sanitation facilities, which can only be achieved by amendment of the Public Health Act to ensure that every single toilet facility in Kisumu County hosts a place where women can dispose sanitary towels hygienically.

She further gave a statistic that 15 out of the 47 counties contribute to 98% of maternity rates in Kenya with Kisumu County losing 400 to 590 women per 100,000 live births every year.  “This therefore calls for an immediate action that should begin at the community level where community health volunteers (CHVs) helps and spear head the process of creating reversed community health strategy and developing community health policy.” Said Ogaja


According to Monica Ogutu KMET founder, developing reproductive health policy and strategies that looks at the health problems that women face and creating strategies for addressing them is one of the most effective way to curb the women’s health issues not only in Kisumu county but also nationally.

The number one killer of women in Kisumu County apart from fistula which has been reported as stigma to many women is the maternal bleeding according to Dr Rose Obara reproductive health coordinator. Dr. Obara therefore the county residents to volunteer and donate blood to avoid shortages of blood in our health centers which will help curb loose of women during deliver periods.

The community benefited from a series of particular health services that were offered at no cost; antenatal services, ultra sound services, nutritional assessment, cervical cancer screening and treatment, Immunization and HIV counseling, testing and treatment.


The event was capped by planting of 56 trees at Ojola sub-county hospital to remind the county of their commitment to reduce maternal mortality and additional of 56 candles lit in memory of 56 women who were reported to have died while giving birth in the year 2015.