APHIAplus-supported health facilities in Kenya receive essential tools to improve maternal and neonatal services
The APHIAplus Nuru ya Bonde project presented equipment for improved maternal and child health services to 32 of the busiest health facilities in five counties in Kenya.
Procured with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the equipment includes basic but essential tools to monitor the condition of pregnant women and make childbirth safer, which is a direct action to ending preventable deaths.
“This equipment will fill gaps identified by health workers and enable the high-volume facilities to provide essential maternal and newborn health services,” said Dr. Jamlick Mutugi, Clinical Services Advisor for the APHIAplus Nuru ya Bonde project. “With this support, we are complementing the significant investment by county and national governments to improve health services,” he continued.
Hospitals and health centers receiving the new equipment include 15 in Baringo and Narok counties, which are designated as priority regions for interventions that improve access to health services for mothers, newborns and children. Other counties benefitting from the project are Kajiado, Laikipia and Nakuru.
Kenya, one of the 24 priority countries that USAID is investing in to decrease maternal and under-five mortality, is shifting management of some health services from national to county governments.
Photo caption: Medical staff in Narok County receive equipment, procured with USAID support, from the APHIAplus Nuru ya Bonde project. Left to right: FHI 360 Senior Technical Officer Kennedy Yogo, FHI 360 Senior Clinical Services Advisor Dr. Jamlick Mutugi, County Executive Committee member Vivian Sereti Mpeti, Narok North Sub-County Medical Officer of Health Francis Kamwaro, Chief Officer Medical Services Faith Njoki and County Medical Director Dr. Francis Kiio.
Photo credit: George Nyairo Obanyi/FHI 360