In line with the Kenya Essential Package of Health (KEPH), Afya Uzazi project supports implementation of evidence based high-impact child health interventions targeting children under five years old. The focus of programming under child health is in increasing immunization coverage and scaling up management of childhood illnesses as per the IMCI guidelines.

Child health interventions at the health facility level:

  • Enhancing management of childhood illnesses including scaling up of ORS/Zinc use in management of diarrhea and institutionalization of management of pneumonia as per recommended national guidelines strengthening the technical capacity of facilities and health care worker’s skills.
  • Scaling up of routine immunization services at health facilities in order to increase the immunization coverage by training and mentorship of service providers and ensuring cold chain capacity for vaccines is maintained
  • Strengthening other high impact child health interventions such deworming and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
  • Supporting integrated health and nutrition outreach services to stimulate demand and increase access to child health care in hard-to-reach and underserved areas.

At community level

  • Supporting community health volunteers to reach pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under two years with health education and referrals for services.
  • Implementing the Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) to promote maternal, infant and young child nutrition, including exclusive breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding.
  • Promoting kitchen gardens to improve household food diversity and incomes.
  • Mobilizing communities for integrated health and nutrition outreach services.
  • Strengthening links between the community and heath facility and referrals.
  • Scaling up the Reaching Every Child (REC) approach to increase immunization coverage.
  • Providing emergency health services for women and children.
  • Enhancing the involvement of men in maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition.