Brenda Chepng'eno, 21, and her nine-month baby when she visited the well-baby clinic at Keringet hospital in Kuresoi.

Ensuring mothers access services during COVID-19

published on Wednesday 17th of February 2021 09:57:08 AM

It is a sunny morning, a welcome break from the chill and incessant rain common in Kuresoi South area of Nakuru County.  In a homestead in Tinet  village, two  masked women are seated on stools placed about two meters apart. The women appear oblivious of the face coverings and distance between them as they engage in a hearty conversation.

One of  the  women  is a community health worker,  Janneth Chelangat, on a household visit. The other is her host, Evalyne Ruttoh. Evalyne is due to give birth and the two are discussing her plans to delivers safely in hospital. The visit was possible amid COVID-19 restrictions because Afya Uzazi and the county put  in  place  measures  to ensure frontline health  workers like Janneth  could safely continue with their  community  work, including encouraging pregnant women to seek the health services they need despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Afya Uzazi worked with the county and other partners to create awareness about prevention of COVID-19 and the need for people to continue seeking health services.

Sensitization sessions were conducted  in all sub-counties  of Nakuru, equipping hundreds of health workers, community volunteers, village elders, religious  leaders  and  youth  with   knowledge   and  skills  to educate  communities on how to slow  down  the  spread of  COVID-19,  help  in  contact   tracing  and  address  stigma against those affected by the disease. By January 2021, 144 community health extension workers, 1,246 community volunteers and 718 chiefs and other community leaders benefitted from the sessions.

Through this collaboration, Nakuru and Baringo counties were able to quickly adopt national guidelines for continuity of services in the context  of COVID-19. This made it possible for community  health outreaches  that had been suspended to resume. These outreaches  take essential services such as antenatal care, immunization, family planning and treatment of common illnesses closer to people in communities far from health facilities,

In Nakuru, Afya Uzazi is among the partners in a new partnership with the county to promote water, sanitation and hygiene WASH) interventions. The partners have come  up with a well-coordinated joint workplan to intensify installation of handwashing facilities and ensure communities  and health facilities have a reliable supply of water. Other activities include public information campaign to markets and other places with large populations using vehicle-mounted  loudspeakers, distribution of posters and other communication  materials and a mass media campaign on radio.

 

Afya Uzazi is also involved in efforts to intensify  to prevent and respond to increasing cases of gender-based violence and teenage pregnancy.

 

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