Maternal Health Indicators in High-Priority Counties of Kenya: Levels and Inequities

The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey is the first national survey to provide data at the county level. This study uses these data to examine regional variation and socio-demographic inequities in maternal health indicators in 10 counties designated by USAID as high-priority areas for improvements in maternal health. Using data from 3,574 women with a birth in the past five years in high-priority counties, this study analyzes the prevalence and distributional patterns of fertility risk, distance to health facilities, antenatal care, delivery in a health facility, and postnatal care. This study shows large variations in maternal health indicators across high-priority counties in Kenya. ...Read More


Kenya Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Policy 2016 – 2030

The Kenya Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Policy 2016-2030 is the outcome of reviews to address limitations of the National Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Policy published in 2007. The policy takes full cognisance of the devolution of most sanitation functions and services to the 47 County Governments vide the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. A result of nation-wide consultations and validation meetings, this new policy takes a rights based approach and redirects ourefforts towards achieving the KenyaVision 2030 and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ...Read More


Kenya Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Strategic Framework (Kessf) 2016 - 2020

The development of the Kenya Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Strategic Framework (KESSF) 2016-2020 is informed by the need to provide universal access to improved sanitation leading to improved quality of life of the people of Kenya as envisaged in the Constitution of Kenya 2010, and the Kenya Vision 2030. The KESSF is further guided by the Kenya Health Policy 2012- 2030 which targets to attain the highest level of health commensurate with that of a middle income economy. ...Read More


Community Health Worker Provision of Injectable Contraception: An Implementation Handbook - 2018

This handbook outlines the nine basic components of a community-based family planning program that includes injectables within the method mix provided by community health workers (CHWs). ...Read More


Using WISN to Address Nurse-Midwife Shortages in Baringo County, Kenya

This fact sheet describes the application of the Workplace Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) method in Baringo County. The WISN was conducted by the county health leadership with support from USAID’s Afya Uzazi Nakuru-Baringo Program. ...Read More


What do we need to know about working with first-time parents?

Emerging Considerations for First-Time Parent Programs First pregnancy or birth is a pivotal opportunity to shape norms and practices that can contribute to life-long health and well-being. Program implementers, researchers, and donors have increasingly recognized the importance of working with young first-time parents (FTPs; aged 15-24) to improve health and development outcomes. A growing body of evidence has documented fundamental FTP programming considerations. This brief, Beyond the ABCs of FTPs: A Deep Dive into Emerging Considerations for First-Time Parent Programs, shares findings of a 2018 deep dive into the published and grey literature, plus expert interviews. ...Read More


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