Siaya County to benefit from Nawiri project

governor unveils nawiri project

The County Government of Siaya and the European Union in partnership with CARE International and Amref Health Africa has launched a Ksh.255 Million (2.3 Million Euro) Maternal and Child Nutrition Project in Siaya County.

The project dubbed Siaya Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition-Nawiri, seeks to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition by advocating for political commitment and good nutrition governance and improving the capacity and systems of civil organizations to respond to maternal and child nutrition needs in Siaya County.

The launch that took place on 26th of May 2016 at Siaya Stadium; Siaya County was presided over by  together with his Deputy Governor, the County Executive Committee Members and County Health officials, officials from Agriculture and Education; representatives of the European Union delegation in Kenya, Women Representatives in Siaya County, various Maternal and Child Nutrition implementing agencies, community leaders and project beneficiaries in attendance. 

According to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey conducted in 2014, daunting pictures painted on the nutritional situation of children in Siaya County, particularly those under the age of five, placing the county as one of the lowest ranking in Kenya.

Over a quarter of children under the age of five are stunted. The current child mortality rates in Siaya county are among the highest in Kenya, with the Neonatal Mortality Rate of 39 in every 1000 live births, Infant Mortality Rate of 111 in every 1000 live births, and under 5 Mortality Rate of 159 in every 1000 live births.
Majority of these deaths are due to preventable and treatable illnesses, with malnutrition being an important underlying factor. Poor infant and young child feeding practices continue to prevail in Siaya County, with low rates of exclusive breastfeeding (29%) of children under the age of six months.

Based on another recent study by UNFPA, Siaya County still ranks high with a maternal mortality of 691 deaths per 100,000 live births. Furthermore, the County has the second highest HIV prevalence rate of 23.7% in Kenya far above the national average 6%, with women more affected than men do.

This therefore called for an action to address the health issues in Siaya County through deliberately channeling of resources to the final beneficiaries in order to reverse negative indicators in the County, building on County efforts and the National First lady’s beyond Zero Campaign, recently launched in the County.
The project will increase access, enhance coverage of quality maternal and child nutrition, thus contributing to the reduction of preventable deaths, and improve nutritional status of residents within Siaya County.

The four years project will be funded by the European Union to the tune of Ksh.179.2 million (1.6 million Euro) and cofounded by the Austrian Development Cooperation, CARE Austria and Amref Italy.

Two consortiums will implement the grant; Amref Health Africa in Kenya with Matibabu Foundation will implement the grant in three sub-counties while CARE International in Kenya will work closely with the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) and Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) to implement in the other three sub-counties.

KMET and Partners to Celebrate the International Day of Action on Women’s Health

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. On this special day, the women’s health takes a center stage. It is therefore an occasion to celebrate the gains for women’s health, reflect on how we have accorded respect, protection, and fulfillment of the human rights of women and girls in all their dimensions- including their sexual and reproductive rights.

This occasion not only provide a great opportunity to remind health stakeholders, the community and our government that Women’s Health Matters but also to ask ourselves whether we are acknowledging the actual needs of women and girls in all their diversities.

Regardless of the Beyond Zero Campaign that aims at improving maternal and child health outcomes in Kenya the pressing maternal death in Kisumu county is still alarming.  In regards to this, KMET as a key partner in shaping the development agenda in the counties including women health and empowerment, in partnership with MoH - Kisumu West Sub County has called for action around a pressing Sexual and Reproductive Health and the associated Rights (SRHR issues).

May 28 also marks the Menstrual Health Day (MHD), on the same day, we aim to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls worldwide.

KMET has purposed to celebrate the WOMAN through creating awareness about and offering reproductive health services to all women of reproductive age at Ojola Sub County Hospital grounds on 28 May 2016.

The two events, which are set to run concurrently, will kick off with a procession from Kisian junction to Ojola grounds from 9.00 am. A series of particular health services that will be offered include; antenatal services, ultra sound services, nutritional assessment, cervical cancer screening and treatment, Immunization and HIV counseling, testing and treatment.

KMET therefore invites you to this celebration and requests for your support in creating awareness for the special occasion. We also anticipate the County Executive Committee Member for Health, MP - Kisumu West and other health stakeholders to grace the Saturday event.

KMET engages partners in formulating the Kisumu County Public Participation policy

15 April 2016, Kisumu:

KMET in collaboration with other partners have finished reviewing draft data collection tools that will be used in developing the Kisumu County Public Participation policy.

The policy will provide a framework to operationalize the 2014 Public Participation Act that was gazetted in December 2015 after intense lobbying by Kisumu County Participation Partners Forum (KCPPF), which KMET is part of.  

The Kisumu County Director of Performance Management, James Goro said that it was imperative for the county government to work together with the civil society groups to ensure that Kisumu residents participate in governance as stipulated by the constitution.

“It is not important to talk about which ought to have come first, whether the policy or the Act, but it is important that we trust each other and work to ensure that county residents are involved in the day to day running of the government,” Mr. Goro opined.                         

The multi-sectorial meeting involving county officials, student representatives, civil society representatives among other interest groups involved two sessions through which members scrutinized page by page making suggestions that would help simplify the data tools yet capture all the information needed to formulate the policy.

The data tools were in two sets, those targeting  county government officials as respondents and those targeting the common citizens.

KMET CEO Monica Ogutu lauded the teams for the setting aside their personal agendas and synergizing to improve the quality of governance and democracy in Kisumu County.

KMET – Mama Kits addressing maternal health challenges for Kenyan women

The KMET birthing kit christened Mama Kit is all a woman in the underserved area needs to have a safe birth. The kit contains six basic items needed to help provide a clean and safe delivery. 

Though the Kenyan government is subsidizing maternity services, most hospitals still require women to purchase supplies used in delivery and carry them to the labor ward. Many of our women cannot afford the supplies, so they shun the health facilities, which often lead to complications and even death for the mothers and babies. 

KMET has been collaborating with County Governments of Kisumu, Homabay, Migori and Kakamega to distribute the birthing kits to regional maternity centers and clinics. Other Mama kits are distributed by a team of trained community health volunteers who are equipped with first aid skills to attend to distress situations before a woman is taken to a qualified attendant.

What is in the package?

Each mama kit contains one (1) polyethene sheeting, one (1) razor blade, cotton wool (gauze pad), a piece of soap, pair of gloves and a cord ties.  All of the supplies are sealed so that they remain sterile until needed.
The mama kits are packed at the KMET- Centre for Maternal health innovations under strict quality conditions.  Each Birthing kit costs approximately $ 3.

A simple Mama kit will allow a woman to give birth in a hospital or clinic, or if they MUST give birth at TBA they have proper sterile supplies.

If you we can skip a lunch, fare to town, or make any sacrifice we can save a life. Join us today. Your donation or purchase of a kit goes along way.