Meeting Critical Health Care and Nutritional Needs in Kenya

Reporting Organization:University of Manitoba Centre for Global Public Health
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 1,592,205
Timeframe: February 17, 2012 - August 31, 2015
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

University of Manitoba Centre for Global Public Health

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Kenya - $ 1,592,205.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (50 %)

Primary Health Care (50 %)

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This project aims to contribute to a reduction in maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality by using an integrated approach to address the health service and nutritional needs of vulnerable populations in Taita Taveta County in Eastern Kenya. Reaching 3,000 pregnant women and their families, the project is focused on improving pregnant women’ critical nutrition status; improving the quality of health services for pregnant women and infants; and transferring knowledge on program design and implementation. Activities include: local consultations to determine critical nutrition and maternal, newborn and child health needs; community education and mobilization activities; training health care providers; and providing a critical nutrition package for women of reproductive age, pregnant and post-partum women and infants. The University of Manitoba is working in partnership with Pwani Christian Community Services and World Renew (formerly known as Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)) of Kenya to implement this project. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment. The maximum CIDA contribution to this project includes $10,000 for monitoring purposes.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 17,865
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222 Health providers trained
52 Department of Agriculture staff trained
91 Community health volunteers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased uptake of a critical nutritional package by vulnerable women and children living in coastal region of Kenya; (2) increased utilization of critical maternal, neonatal and child health services by vulnerable women and children living in the coastal region of Kenya; and (3) improved programs and policies to expand uptake of a critical nutritional package and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services in vulnerable populations in Africa.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of the end of the project (July 2015) include: (1) training of 91 community health volunteers (CHVs) in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and nutrition assessment, and delivered capacity building programs on critical MNCH and nutrition interventions; (2) 222 health providers across all sub-counties were trained on referral, community linkages and the critical package of MNCH and nutrition services; 3) 52 Department of Agriculture staff were trained on food security interventions; (4) the project reached 8,795 women of reproductive age, including 1,076 pregnant women, 509 postpartum women and 6,000 women with children under five as well as 7,105 children under five; (5) 73% of all pregnant women, 92% of children less than two years old and 72% of children under five were linked to the critical package of quality MNCH and nutrition services; (6) 1,600 households with women aged 15-49 participated in the food security interventions and 55% of households had kitchen gardens; (7) the project demonstrated improvement from baseline on many of the key MNCH and nutrition interventions that are known to ultimately improve MNCH and nutrition outcomes, including: improved early antenatal care (ANC) before 20 weeks gestation (40% to 71%); improved percentage of women who had 4 or more ANC visits (62% to 66%); increased facility delivery with skilled attendant (66% to 82%); improved postnatal care for both mother and newborn (16% to 69%); improved exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (25% to 73%); improved diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus immunization (DPT 3) coverage (80% to 94%); improved demand for family planning satisfied (34% to 58%) and improved antibiotic treatment for pneumonia (28% to 51%); and (8) improvement in utilization of the critical MNCH and nutrition interventions package from 0% to 57%.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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