Afya Uzazi Nakuru-Baringo Program (2016-2021) worked to increase access to quality health services for mothers, children, adolescents and youth in two Kenyan counties. Afya Uzazi (“healthy parenthood”) focused on achieving impact through increasing safe deliveries, healthy babies and children, and planned and well-timed pregnancies. The project integrated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition and COVID-19 response within maternal and child health services. The program was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and worked in collaboration with Nakuru and Baringo counties, other local partners and communities.
To Increase uptake of quality delivery of family planning/reproductive health, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent (FP/RMNCAH) services.
To increase availability and quality of FP/RMNCAH services.
To increase care seeking and health promoting behaviour for FP/RMNCAH.
Afya Uzazi Program implemented innovations tailored to local conditions that helped to improve access to quality health services for mothers, children and adolescents. Some of the innovations have been transitioned to the county governments.
COVID-19 affected access to services as people avoid health facilities when the first cases were announced. Health outreaches to take services closer to communities far from health facilities stopped as restrictions were put in place to stop the disease from spreading.
Dinah is a mother of three, twin girls and a boy. She lives in a rented house at Kabartonjo, a trading centre in Baringo County. Dinah was happy when she got pregnant with her third child. She did not attend antenatal clinic promptly as recommended. Like many women in the area, she planned to wait until late in the pregnancy to go to the hospital.
Religious leaders are trusted and influential community change agents. They play a big role in encouraging communities to adopt healthy behaviors and positive social norms such as the involvement of men in the care of their partners and young children.
This section contains a searchable data of project knowledge products as well as local and global resources on topics related to maternal and child health. They include research reports, abstracts manuals, job aid, and more.