Since 2005, HealthRight has been working in the isolated communities of Kenya’s North Rift Valley responding to three areas of critical need: maternal and neonatal health, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. HealthRight Kenya maintains a country office in Kitale and works with partners at all levels such as the County and Sub-County Health Management Teams, facilities, the national Ministry of Health, and multiple community-based organizations. Our efforts have strengthened the health system and improved the health of communities in three Counties.
Here are some highlights of our impact:
• HIV testing rates increased by 1000% in the three Counties from 2008-2010
• Use of post-partum services increased from 48% to 69% in Pokot County between 2006-2010
• Exclusive breastfeeding rates increased from 14% to 74% in Pokot County from 2006-2010
• Malaria rates dropped by 49% in the three Counties from 2009 – 2012
Maternal and Child Health
HealthRight has been improving health outcomes for mothers and babies in Kenya since 2006. In 2010, we worked with three facilities in West Pokot to construct maternity waiting homes that house pregnant women late in pregnancy to allow for better monitoring of complications and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths.
Currently, HealthRight is working with nine health facilities in two sub-Counties to improve the quality of maternal and neonatal health services, and with five CBOs and 1,000 CHWs to provide education and services at the community and household levels.
Our impact in Kenya is made possible by working with multiple partners including:
- Population Council to eliminate abuse of women during maternity care
- Project C.U.R.E. to donate $400,000 in medical equipment
- Medic Mobile to improve efficiency of the health supply chain and to facilitate mobile reporting of community health activities
- Saving Mothers to develop a diagnostic test which can identify pregnant women at risk of pre-term birth
- Sobon Support Group to provide health education to 14,000 people and to build the capacity of local organizations.
In 2014, HealthRight and its community partners installed 240 mobile clinics which served 15,000 people, supported CHWs in 43,700 home visits, and provided clinical trainings for 123 facility staff and managers.