Siaya County reviews utilization of the intrauterine balloon tamponade

7 July, 2016.

Siaya County reported 246 cases of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in the year 2015. PPH is an obstetrical emergency that can follow child delivery, and leads to blood loss. It is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths especially in developing countries.

In line with sustainable goal three (SDG 3), KMET is working with Siaya among other counties to reduce maternal mortality in low-resource settings where blood transfusion and surgical facilities may not be available to effectively manage PPH.

To this effect, KMET and MGH have introduced the intrauterine balloon tamponade (UBT), a life-saving intervention that stops uterine blood loss while initiating other measures, and can be readily implemented by health providers after training.

Of the PPH cases reported in the year 2015, providers in the county reported 12 uses of UBT kit to effectively manage the cases and save lives. While identification and documentation of PPH cases was reported to have improved in the county, utilization of the UBT kit was still below the expected level given the extensive training providers in the region have received.  

Frederick Obare, the sub county reproductive health coordinator for Alego-Usonga noted that low utilization of the kit is attributable to lack of the kit at primary health facilities.

“ Perhaps we are not having as many uses of the kit and averting as many deaths as we should because the the UBT kits are not in every facility,” posed Mr. Obare

KMET is currently the sole assembler and distributer of the UBT kit in the country and is looking forward to collaborate with the county government through the ministry of health to have the lifesaving kit purchased and distributed to health facilities like other health commodities are.

CtG partners holds counties consultative meeting on commodity security

Closing the Gap (CTG)partners held a two days counties stakeholders consultative meeting at pinecone hotel to discuss on the national family planning commodity security and distribution system opportunities in addition to all the challenge.

The meeting that was conducted on 6th and 7th of June also reviewed the CtG performance in the various counties and its experience in relation to access to MOH FP commodities and reporting in the District Health Information System.

The meeting involved all the partners from five counties; Kisii, Kisumu, Homa bay, Siaya and Migori inclusive of the counties health stakeholders; county health coordinator and the pharmacists.

Each county representative gave a report on the update on family planning services, commodity supply and distribution and services reporting in the District Health Information Service.

In a working group session lead by KMET CEO Monica Ogutu, members from each county developed a county specific actions for commodity security and reporting system strengthening to help in commodity dissemination.


KMET hosts 2016 Harvard summer program

harvard students

KMET is currently hosting close to 25 students from Harvard University for a six week study dubbed Harvard summer program.

The program which is meant to mentor student teams design, develop, and test their own innovations also give them an opportunity to explore diverse approaches for using innovations and technologies to foster transformative and sustainable healthcare improvements in Africa.

“During the six-week intensive program in western Kenya, the students will be expected to use an interdisciplinary approach, one that emphasizes the importance of teamwork, in designing and implementing innovations and technologies.” Said Jennifer Lucas one of the program’s coordinators.

She added that the training course will be conducted through guided discussions, lectures, guest speakers, field work, assigned readings, and presentations by students at the ended of the stipulated period.

KMET CEO Monica Ogutu applauded the program saying that it will help in developing sustainable and culturally appropriate innovation as well as giving room for exchange of cultural knowledge between students and NGO partners.

During the student’s orientation meeting at KMET hall, Monica took the students through a broader picture on health ranging from maternal health situation, unsafe abortion and health care system problem in Kenya and strategies that KMET as an organization that champion innovation in quality healthcare has put in place to tackle the situations.

In addition to that, she expounded on the use of Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT)? and other quality reproductive health services such as family planning and maternal health care that KMET provides to marginalized community in Kenya to carb maternal deaths and unplanned pregnancies.

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.