Helping to deliver healthy pregnancies and babies in Kenya
Excerpt and photo from the Micronutrient Initiative News: micronutrient.org, November 3rd, 2015
For Alexina and many women like her, having information on the special nutrition needs of pregnancy and access to skilled health care during pregnancy and labour can often be the difference between life and death for them and their babies.
To address this gap in knowledge and vital health services for women like Alexina, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) is undertaking a community-based maternal and newborn health and nutrition project in four African countries, including Kenya.
In Kenya, MI is working with Kenya’s Ministry of Health, AMREF Kenya and PRONTO International, to demonstrate how to improve the quality and uptake of antenatal, delivery, and postnatal care and improve the community-facility linkage.
Part of the Kenya project coined Linda afya ya mama na mtoto, is to train community health workers to educate pregnant women about nutritional needs, the importance of attending antenatal care visits, and the need of delivering their baby at a health facility with a skilled birth attendant.
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