The objective of this project is to improve the health of mothers and children by expanding the availability of high quality health care services in Elgeyo-Marakwet County in Kenya. To achieve this goal, this Global Giving project will supply essential medicines and health supplies to nine maternal health centers in the region.
In Kenya, 1 out of every 250 mothers dies from child birth in the region and 1 out of every 14 children dies before the age of five. 2 out of 3 women in Marakwet do not give birth in a health care facility. In addition, only 37.5% of health facilities in this region have all of the required equipment and commodities to support the delivery of a child. None of health centers in the region have the items necessary to deliver a baby safely if the mother is experiencing a life-threatening condition.
This project will improve mother and child health outcomes by increasing access to quality health services through the donation of essential medicines and supplies. Increasing the amount of medicines and supplies in these health centers will also encourage more women to attend the clinics, increasing the overall utilization rate of these facilities. The project will improve the quality, availability, acceptability, and accessibility of mother and child services at these rural health centers.
Mothers will have better access to quality health care needed for a safe delivery of their child. Over time, this project will help lower death rates of pregnant women and newborns in Marakwet East and West.