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Kakamega scales up maternal health programme

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  • The initiative is a health-oriented social protection programme that provides cash transfers to improve maternal and child health indicators, including uptake of antenatal care, skilled delivery, child nutrition, maternal and child health and nutrition services.
  • Governor Wycliffe Oparanya officiated the re-launch of the Kakamega County Maternal Child Health and Family Planning programme on Friday in Bukhungu Stadium.

The Kakamega County Maternal Child Health and Family Planning programme has been scaled up to benefit more mothers and children.

The programme has been expanded by including more components and increasing the number of health facilities from 24 to 39 to improve maternal health indicators in the region.

Family planning, community health services, social welfare and nutrition are the new components integrated into the programme that was launched in 2014.

The initiative is a health-oriented social protection programme that provides cash transfers to improve maternal and child health indicators, including uptake of antenatal care, skilled delivery, child nutrition, maternal and child health and nutrition services.

Under the programme, vulnerable pregnant women who are registered at the facility, receive Sh2,000 in six tranches until the child is 18 months old.

It also seeks to promote behaviour change and increase skilled delivery, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, HIV-Aids prevention, nutrition, child care and responsible motherhood.

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya officiated the re-launch of the Kakamega County Maternal Child Health and Family Planning programme on Friday in Bukhungu Stadium.

He said 61,773 mothers in the county have been registered for the programme. Out of that number, 26,518 have successfully completed the 18-month period for the programme. Currently, the programme has 15,965 mothers.

It has helped to increase the fourth antenatal clinic visits from 39 per cent in 2014 to 62 per cent in 2020, according to statistics at the county. Kakamega has a delivery rate of 66,000 mothers monthly.

The percentage of deliveries at health facilities increased from 56.9 per cent to 74.3 per cent within the same period.

“This programme has been a learning point for various cash transfer programmes in the county and national government,” Oparanya said.

“The programme has helped many mothers through safe delivery by skilled health workers and reducing mother-child deaths at birth,” Oparanya said.

He said the redesigned programme focuses on uptake of antenatal clinics in the first trimester and a comprehensive follow-up to all immunisation stages for children, as well as focusing on family planning and birth registration.

Unicef representative Wangui Karanja said the organisation supports the programme to increase skilled deliveries, reduce maternal and child deaths, reduce mother-to-child HIV-Aids transmission and improve nutrition for children under two years.

Via
Hilton Otenyo
Source
The Star

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