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News article 1 Feb 2017
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CMNH score A and A+ in Making it Happen Kenya annual review

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We are delighted to receive A and A+ ratings for the Maternal Newborn Health programme in Kenya, from the project’s funder, the Department for International Development (DFID).

The aim of the project is to increase access to and utilisation of quality maternal and newborn health services for mothers and babies. CMNH is responsible for ensuring health workers have the knowledge and skills to provide Quality Care and EmONC (Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care), and this is achieved via competency based EmONC training to in-service doctors, nurses, midwives and clinical officers. Follow up is conducted through regular monitoring and evaluation, and supportive supervision at facility level across 32 counties nationally.UK Aid logo

Between April 2014 and September 2016, a total of 7,488 healthcare providers have been trained in EmONC and 97.6% of eligible facilities have been followed up quarterly. A total of 238 EmONC master trainers have been trained in Kenya, to ensure the programme’s sustainability, and support scaling up of further training nationally.

CMNH also provides training in Quality Improvement for senior staff within facilities and counties, and has supported the Ministry of Health to establish the national Maternal Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) secretariat. The MPDSR secretariat aims to support the coordination and review of maternal deaths.

Professor Nynke van den Broek, Head of CMNH said “We are delighted that the DFID annual review has scored LSTM A and A+ for the Making it Happen programme in Kenya. This has been achieved through strong partnership with the Ministry of Health, other government departments and stakeholders, which has helped to build and strengthen capacity of improving availability and quality of EmONC services nationally”