KMET spreads wings to Baringo and Nakuru Counties

KMET has expanded its reproductive health programs to two new counties; Baringo and Nakuru in a three year partnership with FHI 360

The project christened Afya Uzazi, seeks to enhance access and utilization of quality reproductive and maternal health services with a focus on short term and long term contraceptives including permanent methods like tubal ligation and vasectomy.

 Working with 28 public health facilities in six sub counties, Afya Uzazi uses an outreach approach where community health  volunteers actively mobilize and book clients for reproductive health services to be offered on specific health days but also refer cients to selected public health facilities on other days for continuity of services.

 In its second month now, Afya Uzazi has trained community health volunteers and male champions from Baringo North,  Mogotio, Marigat, Kuresoi North and South Sub-counties. The male champions are expected to bolster messages of the  benefits of contraceptive use among their peers in the community.
 So far 9 public health facilities have been identified and assessed for recruitment in the program.

 KMET is implementing similar projects in 15 other counties in the South West and South Rift regions of Kenya using the  Huduma Poa Social Franchise which unlike Afya Uzazi comprises of 108 private clinics. The private clinics are supported to  provide a basket of contraceptive choices, offer integrated management of childhood illnesses, HIV and TB management  services. Of the 108 clinics KMET has integrated youth friendly clinics in 10 in partnership with Planned Parenthood Global (PPG). 

KMET also runs a robust project on quality healthcare financing in Nakuru County.

KMET Executive Director to head Kisumu County Health Services Delivery Committee

KMET’s Executive Director, Monica Oguttu has been appointed to head the Health Services and Health Delivery Systems task force committee in Kisumu County.

This is one of the six committees that were formed by the Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o to lay the ground for the work of the new County Executive Committee and other organs of the County Government, by setting priorities and work plans for short and medium terms.

Dr. Monica Oguttu, KMET Executive DirectorAddressing KMET staff on Monday, two days after the launch of the taskforce committees by the Governor, Monica confirmed that she was up to the enormous task that has been bestowed upon her and exuded confidence to deliver within the100 days stipulated.

Monica expressed gratitude to the KMET fraternity for their efforts in implementing various health and education programs the organization undertakes in the County, accrediting her appointment to exemplary work being done by KMET staff.

“On our priority list is to sort the disruption in provision of health services that has been caused by a protracted nurse’s strike that has now gone beyond 3 months,” Monica said. The task force meets every Thursday.

Other task force committees formed include Human Resources and Effectiveness, Environment and Infrastructure, Revenue Collection, Village Councils Task force, Pending Bills Task force committee.

Here is the Governor’s speech on Friday 8th September during the launch of the committees.

KMET together with Ovaat One Village At A Time provides gravity lights to the needy pupils

Pupils from Nina primary school in Siaya County together with the community had a reason to smile after receiving lamps that will help curb learning challenges in the households.

KMET noted that lack of proper lighting in homes leads to poor performance among students in schools. Students use outdated light sources such as candles which can’t sustain them for long. Some go the whole night without attending to their homework and even studies.

KMET identified a number of class eight pupils who are less privileged and a teacher to receive the lamps known as Gravity light, courtesy of Susan Rose of Ovaat One One Village at a Time program. One village at a time is an NGO which aims at nurturing hope, restoring health by connecting resources to create a self-sustaining community.

Even though the gravity lights are given to the students, Beatrice Akinyi from KMET confirmed that the rest of the students will use them on reaching class eight after the beneficiaries will have handed them back over to the school administration.

The twenty-five from Nina village in Alego sub-county were issued with the Gravity lamps after a training on how it functions. Collins Kwach from Gravity Light Kenya gave a thorough training of how the lamp works and its components. He later put to task the beneficiaries to operate the light which is powered by force of gravity.

Parents, teachers and students thanked the organizers for the support they received.

KMET meets record officers and county health stakeholders over validity of Reproductive Health data.

KMET team, SCHRIOs, Service Providers, and RH coordinators from Siaya and Migori County held their Closing the Gap annual review meeting on Reproductive Health at Ikonia hotel in Kisumu, with the goal of increasing awareness, access to, and use of quality family planning and Post-abortion Care (PAC) more so the Long Acting Reversible contraceptives (LARC)

The objectives of the meeting were to strengthen capacity of facilities to deliver PAC and Family Planning services, deliver quality facility-based family planning and PAC information and services to women and young people of reproduction, increase the capacity of community health workers and youth peer providers to provide information on and referrals to facilities for PAC and Family Planning services and also to advocate for increased access to family planning and Post-Abortion Care services at the community level.

During the meeting, one of the key issues that emerged were that of data discrepancies between dhis2 data and KMET data which prompted the participants into discussion on the possible gaps resulting into variance of this data and it was realized that MOH reporting and KMET reporting are done on different dates with different people, there is confusion in the current MOH tool for IUCD and implants, some service providers also carry forward data from the previous month to the next month in case they have served more clients and hit the target whereas in the MOH, that carried forward data is captured in the previous month and also, providers are not empowered to have viewer rights to countercheck and consult with the SCHRIOs in case of discrepancies.

In response to the discrepancies, action points were developed in that, a team to be constituted for DQA consisting of RH coordinators, KMETs M&E officer, sub county HRIOs and program coordinator who will work jointly to conduct DQA for both Migori and Siaya county. Monthly review meetings are also to be conducted on the quality of data, providers to be given viewer rights for dhis2 to countercheck with source records and incase of any discrepancies to alert the SCHRIOs to update accordingly and also, commodities given out should go directly to facilities and a delivery note given to sub county pharmacist.