Maternity open days provide a way for pregnant women and their partners to meet service providers and learn about services offered.
The events help remove the fear of giving birth in health facilities and reassure women of respectful care when they give birth in hospital.
USAID’s Afya Uzazi has partnered with county and national governments to organize a series of open days to give pregnant women and their families a chance to tour their local health facilities to learn about reproductive health services including delivery in hospital. On August 27th, it was the turn for Seretunin Health Centre in Baringo Central to host an open day.
Francis Koros, the Baringo Central Reproductive Health Coordinator, encouraged mothers to seek services offered at the facility. “We have machines procured by USAID that enable us provide quality health services, why deliver your baby at home and yet we have effective equipment here at the facility?” he asked. Health workers also talked about the importance of family planning and address common myths and misconceptions that have hindered women from accessing services.
He explained that initially most women discussed maternal and reproductive health issues in secrecy. However, after attending health talks at the facilities, more women were accepting modern family planning methods compared to men. “We have embarked on activities that target male involvement in reproductive health related issues because the only way we can promote maternal health, is when men get an understanding of what we are advocating for.”
Robert Chepkwony, the Serutunin Community Unit Chairperson, said he was impressed with the high turnout for the event.
Seretunin Health Centre is just one of the numerous facilities in Baringo County that is being supported by the project.
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