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Mama na Mtoto, Maternal Health, Kenya

Achieving good health is critical in breaking the poverty cycle. In Makueni, a remote county in Kenya, 77% of the population lives below the poverty line, and health indicators for women and children are alarming. In Kenya the risk of a woman dying from pregnancy or childbirth during her lifetime is 1 in 38 - that number is 1 in 3,800 in the UK.

Amref Health Africa is working with Comic Relief to help change this. Through adopting a sustainable community-based approach, Amref Health Africa will put the health of the mothers and children in the Makueni region, back into the hands of the community. Since the project’s implementation, health facilities across Makueni have been updated by providing essential delivery equipment and hot water showers. Midwives, nurses and Community Health Volunteers have been trained to support women as they go through pregnancy and become mothers. 
 
The project has 24 intervention sites and works in 11 health facilities across six sub-counties.
 

Achievements in Makueni since Mama na Mtoto wa Afrika

Indicator

Baseline (2012)

Mid-term (2014)

End-term (2016)

Skilled delivery                       

37.5%

74.2%

92%

4 timely Ante-natal Care visits

49.5%

59.6%

67.9%

Post-Natal Care

41.9%

58%    

94%

Fully immunised children (age 12-23 months)

74%

85.5%

89%

Exclusive breastfeeding

35.3%

74%

89%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this project read Munini and Serah`s stories.