KMET ranked best in quality health indicators in CtG Consortium

KMET has emerged the best organization in providing quality family planning services out of seven other organizations in the Planned Parenthood Global (PPG) Closing the Gap (CtG) consortium in Kenya.

Based on the performance, PPG will sponsor KMET to present an abstract at the Reproductive Health Network Conference slated for September 2016 in Mombasa. This was announced during the 2016 consortium quarterly performance review meeting that was held in Kisumu County.

KMET registered the best indicators in provision of quality reproductive healthcare that includes; ratio of IUCDs to Implants, ratio of post-partum contraception to post-procedure contraception, community referrals verses successful referrals and the ratio of Safe abortion to post abortion care services. The indicators were for a period of three months.

Addressing partners in the meeting, Sam Owoko, Programs Manager, KMET attributed the results to a two-week rapid result initiative (RRI) strategy that earmarked health facilities that were performing poorly and a multispectral approach was deployed to bridge the gaps in service delivery.

“We stepped up mobilization efforts by youth peer providers and community health volunteers and in some facilities we had to engage extra health providers to offer services during facility in reaches,” he explained.

“Working closely with sub-county reproductive health coordinators was instrumental in bolstering community referrals to our health facilities while engaging county health records officers helped us to audit and consolidate accurate data at the facilities,” added Mr. Owoko.

CtG purposes to increase awareness of, access to, and use of quality family planning and comprehensive abortion care (CAC) services in high-need communities and has been operational since 2015 in Southwest Kenya.   Planned Parenthood Global is the international division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has been operating in Africa for more than 40 years.

KMET releases results of PAC study at Kisumu County Hospital

July 19 2016.
KMET has released results of a Post Abortion Care (PAC) study in a meeting held with key stakeholders from Kisumu County Hospital and the county Reproductive Health office at the facility hall.

The three year clinically based study was carried out in Kisumu County Hospital in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet and featured different sub-studies. The first is the randomised controlled trial that aimed at determining whether midwives and physicians can perform medical treatment of incomplete abortion equally safe.

The second being follow-up interview conducted to analyse post-abortion contraceptive use among women who have received post-abortion contraception counselling. A qualitative design using in-depth interviews was applied to explore; clients’ perspectives on contraceptive counselling and services.

The study revealed that 96% of patients at Kisumu County Hospital felt safe and were happy with the care they received from midwives and physicians and 95% of the patients would recommend the treatment to a friend while long term contraceptives consumption stood at 14% of PAC patients.

Adoption and inclusion of Misoprostol in the County essential drug list as one of the lifesaving drugs was discussed as one of the key exit plans to ensure continuity of provision of PAC services in the facility.

These were preliminary results from one facility as the study took place in two facilities; Kisumu County Hospital and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral and teaching Hospital (JOOTRH) both in Kisumu County. Combined results are due for release in August 2016.

KMET and PfID partners to launch 1Room program


1Room program

KMET in partnership with Partners for International Development (PfID) has launched tablet based system of education that focuses on topics specific to the Kenyan curriculum and with sensitivity to local learning needs and the cultural context.

The program dubbed 1Room will roll out in January 2017 with the aim of providing high quality but low cost secondary education curriculum through open-access digital learning material broadcasted through low-cost tablets in a largely offline environment.

1Room ultimately seeks to launch a large network of private schools and learning centers that accommodate the budgets, schedules and learning needs of the diverse population groups in East Africa who are underserved by the region’s traditional school systems.

In Kenya the program begins in Kisumu by identification and registration of students and recruitment of facilitators from August to December 2016 at KMET offices with a target of twenty student per learning center for the start.

1Room was founded by Michael Beeler, a PhD holder from university of Maschetuschets and currently running as a non-profit initiative under Canadian charity. It is led by a team of students and young professionals headquartered in Boston.

Harvard Summer Program recruits new faculty fellow from KMET

The KMET Human Resource and Administration Manager, Griffin Odindo, MBA has been appointed a faculty fellow for the Harvard Summer program in Kisumu, Kenya.

Mr. Odindo will be lecturing in the summer program that aims at equipping students with an in-depth understanding of approaches to tackling healthcare challenges through innovations and technologies in Africa.

The program runs a course that includes guided discussions, lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork, assigned readings, and presentations by students (Click here to read more).

KMET, where Mr. Odindo has worked for the past five years, hosts students in the program and is a hub for maternal child health innovations that focus on bringing the community, governments and the private sector together to adopt inexpensive but sustainable approaches towards improving quality healthcare in underserved communities.

The program is headed by Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School and Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights supported by other fellows. From Kenya, Odindo joins Monica Oguttu, PhD, Executive Director, Kisumu Medical Education Trust and Khama Rogo, MD, PhD, Director of Health for Africa, World Bank.

We wish him all the best while executing his additional duties!