Afya Uzazi Nakuru-Baringo Program aims to increase access to quality health services for mothers, children, adolescents and youth in two Kenyan counties. Afya Uzazi, which means “healthy parenthood” in Kiswahili, reflects the program’s main purpose which is to increase FP/RMNCAH impact through increasing safe deliveries, healthy babies and children, and planned and well-timed pregnancies. The program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and runs from 2016 to 2021. The name Afya Uzazi, or “healthy parenthood” in Kiswahili, reflects the program’s focus of enhancing the impact of these services through increasing safe deliveries, healthy babies and children, and planned and well-timed pregnancies.
Despite impressive advances in health overall, not all Kenyans have benefitted equally from improved health services. Specifically, men, women, and children in several sub-counties in Baringo and Nakuru Counties continued to underutilize or lacked access to skilled health care providers, as well as to high quality family planning, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (FP/RMNCAH) services. In response, USAID supports Afya Uzazi Nakuru-Baringo Program to improve health care services and overall nutrition in Baringo and Nakuru counties. Afya Uzazi builds on lessons learned and progress in FP/MNCAH in APHIAplus project and brings proven approaches from work in other countries to scale up approaches and interventions, working in collaboration with the national and county governments as well as other USAID-supported agencies, local partners and communities.