Better Healthcare for Kisumu!

The European Union, together with the Austrian Development Cooperation and partners CARE, Family Health Options Kenya and Kenyan Red Cross Society, is improving integrated family healthcare in Kisumu County.

Kenya’s maternal mortality remains unacceptably high, far above the WHO rating, and Kisumu County is ranked among the ten counties with the highest maternal mortality ratio in Kenya. According to UNFPA, 495 out of 100,000 mothers are dying from child birth and the under-five mortality still stands at 79 out of 1,000 children (UNFPA Kenya).

CARE Kenya, in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Society and Family Health Options Kenya, was awarded a grant by the European Union, with co-funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation and CARE, to improve maternal and child health, sexual reproductive health, family planning and the nutritional status of communities living within Manyatta and Nyalenda in Kisumu County for a period of three years (November 2014 – October 2017).

Within the first year of its implementation, more than 10,600 patients accessed maternal, newborn and child health services and more than 650 pregnant and lactating mothers were reached with activities launched by the Kisumu Integrated Family Health Project. Moreover, 6,742 people accessed family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, 9,621 were screened for nutritional assessment and 20,741 were sensitized on harmful socio-cultural barriers limiting access to quality reproductive health and nutritional services. After the three years of its implementation, the project will have reached more than 68,000 men and women in Kisumu.