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The vision of the CICF is for mothers, adolescent girls and their newborn babies to access and utilise quality maternal and newborn health services in Bungoma, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Nairobi (Embakasi and Kamukunji areas) and Turkana counties. Our stories delve deeper into CICF funded projects, as our grantees share their experiences in the early stages of implementing their projects bringing to life our vision.

Access to information for decision making in MNH

A newborn child is a parent’s great joy.

But too often, the parents’ delight turns to sorrow at the loss of their baby. The stories in our January 2017 newsletter issue tell how two CICF grantees are working on innovative projects to enhance newborn survival and health in Bungoma and Nairobi counties.

In Nairobi, PATH is exploring and encouraging new parents to embrace the practice in order to improve their children’s immunity and overall health while reducing infant mortality rates. For those unable to breastfeed for one reason or another, a solution has emerged; Donated Human Milk.

Donated Human Milk can be a lifesaving alternative for vulnerable newborns in Kenya. – PATH TEAM

In Bungoma, Mount Kenya University is running the Collaborative Newborn Support Project that provides Neonatal Skills Training and a Life Saving Call Centre. The training project was launched to improve neonatal service delivery and the Life Saving Call Centre keeps a keen eye on newborns up to 28 days after birth.

Read more about these life changing projects by downloading our latest issue of the newsletter here

  • Innovative mobile App that is saving mothers and newborns lives in urban informal settlements of Nairobi

  • Out with the old. In with the new: How digitizing patients’ records saves lives in Homa Bay

Neonatal Care

A newborn child is a parent’s great joy. But too often, the parents’ delight turns to sorrow at the loss of their baby. The stories in this issue tell how two CICF grantees are working on innovative projects to enhance newborn survival and health in Bungoma and Nairobi counties.

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  • Bungoma County’s Life Saving Call Centre

  • Donated Human Milk Could be a Lifesaving Alternative for Vulnerable Newborns in Kenya

  • Neonatology skills training a big success in Bungoma county

Quality in MNH service delivery

The poor quality of service in maternal healthcare facilities in Kenya is well-known within our communities, and acts as a significant deterrent to seeking the care that is vital for the health of both mothers and their newborn babies.

This Newsletter features three CICF grantees projects that are focusing on improving the quality of maternal and newborn health service in Homa Bay and Bungoma counties. The grantees share their experiences in the early stages of implementing their projects.

Click here to download the first issue of the CICF Newsletter.

  • New born Support Project Expected to Save Lives in Bungoma

  •  The M-Access Project is Underway in Homa Bay

    The M-Access Project is Underway in Homa Bay

  •  Carry this with Me _ Pregnant Womens Wishes in Homa Bay

    ‘Carry this with Me’: Pregnant Women’s Wishes in Homa Bay

Technology In Maternal and Newborn Health

Technology has the potential to improve maternal and newborn health by increasing access to and utilisation of quality maternal and newborn health services. Two CICF grantees are implementing innovative technologies aimed at enhancing safe delivery for mothers in Turkana County and Embakasi Sub-County, Nairobi. Read about their revolutionary projects below or click here to download the second issue of the CICF Newsletter in pdf format.

  • Community Mobilisers Increasing Access to Skilled Delivery Despite Difficult Circumstances

    Community Mobilisers Increasing Access to Skilled Delivery Despite Difficult Circumstances

  • Empowering Pregnant Women in Embakasi to Access MNH Services

    Empowering Pregnant Women in Embakasi to Access MNH Services

  • Overcoming Geography and Healthcare Worker Shortages in Turkana through Technology

    Overcoming Geography and Healthcare Worker Shortages in Turkana through Technology

Access to MNH information and services.

Maternal and newborn health services save lives, but if families don’t know about the services, they will not seek them out. Mothers and their children will only benefit from MNH services if they have access to them. It is also critical that health care providers have quick and easy access to information to deliver quality care.

The stories below show how three CICF grantees are working with communities in Turkana, Bungoma and Homa Bay to ensure that pregnant women, newborns, and their health care providers have access to vital information and services.

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  • How the digital partograph will help in early identification and management of complications.

    How the digital partograph will help in early identification and management of complications.

  • The Story of Vivian… A Kangaroo Mother Care Champion

    The Story of Vivian… A Kangaroo Mother Care Champion

  • Teaming Up with Local Communities to Provide Appropriate Transport for Pregnant Mothers in Turkana

    Teaming Up with Local Communities to Provide Appropriate Transport for Pregnant Mothers in Turkana

  • Labouring for better Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Homa Bay

    Labouring for better Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Homa Bay

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