A campaign by Afya Uzazi and counties aims to ensure over 30,000 pregnant women and mothers get quality maternal and child health services in close to 200 facilities in Baringo and Nakuru by the end of the year.
The “Fuata Mama” campaign started in January and is implemented jointly with departments of health in the two counties. It aims to ensure women attend antenatal care clinic at least four time, give birth in hospital and seek postnatal care services such as vaccination and medical checks for them and their children.
The campaign covers all the project sub-counties: Kuresoi North and Kuresoi in Nakuru as well as Baringo North, Baringo South, Baringo Central and Mogotio in Baringo County.
“Fuata Mama is about reaching the mothers and walking with them on the journey of a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery under the care of skilled birth attendants and raising healthy children,” outgoing Afya Uzazi Chief of Party Dr Boniface Maket said of the accelerated campaign.
“We are working to create an enabling environment in which communities and health workers are empowered to support pregnant women and mothers to protect their health and that of their children,” said Dr. Maket.
The campaign builds on successful efforts over the past three years by Afya Uzazi and the counties to increase access to quality health services, especially for pregnant women, mothers and young children,” said Dr. Maket.
“This accelerated campaign will help to position the county and communities to sustain access to quality healthcare in the long-run. The goal is to have health-seeking behavior, especially among pregnant women, become a social norm under an enabling community and family environment. This is the only way, maternal, newborn and child health gains will be sustained.”
Joint teams of project and county staff are on the ground, working with community health volunteers and local leaders including the national government administration and elders to make the campaign a success.
In this issue we bring you stories of some of the women who have benefited from is initiative that has seen a significant increase in access to services.