Leveraging resources for the children and women of Kenya
Leveraging resources for the children and women of Kenya29 June 2012: The New Maternity Wing was constructed at the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital which is one of the eight major provincial referral hospitals in Kenya and serves a region with a total population of about 6 million people drawn from Nyanza and some parts of Western and Rift Valley provinces.
The region has poor maternal and child survival indicators (KDHS 2003/ 2009). It has the highest Infant and child mortality rates (under the age of five) in the country. Under-five mortality currently stands at 206 per 1,000 compared to a national average of 115 per 1,000. This high mortality is mainly from preventable causes namely: malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections.
With support from the Government and the people of Norway UNICEF has invested USD 870,000 in the expansion of the maternity and nursery wing in order to improve the tertiary care of mothers and infants who come to this facility. The broad objective of this project is to ‘increase access to equitable, efficient and effective health services for women and children in Nyanza and its environs’.
The specific objectives of this intervention are:
The facility has been constructed at a cost of Kshs.56,145,156 or USD 660,531. It offers 20 beds for expectant mothers and 40 beds for the newly born babies with support facilities such as Doctors’ offices, Nurse Stations, Mothers milk express room among others.
Basic equipment and furniture have been supplied to the facility at an approximate cost of Kshs.19,200,000.
UNICEF will continue to work with the Ministries of Medical Services and Public Health and Sanitation to improve the health and welfare of mothers and children in Nyanza Province and other parts of the country.
The organization will invest in the strengthening of level-one care through facilitating the establishment of community health units to create demand at the community level to adequately use higher level facilities.