Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) and Nutrition Programme

Halima Abduba in a community engagement session

Despite saving more than 52,000 lives of women and children between 2003 and 2014, Kenya did not achieve the targets set by Millennium Development Goals. Maternal deaths still account for 14% of all deaths to women in the reproductive ages between 15-49 years. The current national maternal mortality ration of 362/100,000 live births have remained unacceptably high.

Most maternal and child deaths occur through treatable and preventable causes. Although all the essential strategies for reducing maternal and new-born deaths are known, skilled birth attendance, exclusive breastfeeding, and post-natal care for mothers and new-borns remain low due to underutilisation, inaccessibility, and often poor quality of services. Amref Health Africa’s Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) and Nutrition Programme works to address these disparities through seven projects across the country.

In order to ensure sustainable and better health outcomes for mothers, adolescents and children, the programme implements innovative, scalable and practical solutions that seek to:

  • Address female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child early and forced marriages through the community-led alternative rites of passage approach and clan engagement through structured dialogue with community and cultural leaders
  • Strengthen health systems for improved maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health outcomes
  • Reduce the burden of disease especially among women and girls
  • Improve the nutrition status of women, children and adolescent girls
  • Promote gender equality to address gender norms and structural barriers to the utilisation of health and nutrition services
  • Champion the provision of comprehensive youth-friendly sexual reproductive health services and rights