The provision of emergency obstetric care by skilled birth attendants is internationally accepted as appropriate means to reduce maternal and newborn mortality; and the Kenyan government has included this in the National Health Strategy 2009-2015 as well as into the Second Medium Term Plan 2013-2017.
In line with these national priorities, the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health-Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (CMNH-LSTM) currently works in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH), DFID and UNICEF to increase the availability and improve the quality of Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA) and EmONC. This is achieved through inventions such as competency based training in EmONC, delivered as part of the Making it Happen (MIH) programme.
The MIH programme has been active in Kenya since 2009 through the delivery of scalable capacity building packages in the area of maternal and newborn health (MNH), and through the regular monitoring of the impact of EmONC interventions in 461 healthcare facilities focused in Western, Central and Nyanza regions. From April 2014, the number of LSTM target healthcare facilities has increased based on the grant from DFID Kenya to expand the intervention to all 47 counties in Kenya.
It is expected by 2019, that 9000 in-service healthcare providers and will be trained in EmONC. In addition, 180 Master Trainers and 128 Course Directors will be trained to ensure the sustainability of the programme.
480 healthcare providers and managers will be trained in the collection, aggregation and use of routine data to inform practice. 480 healthcare providers will also be trained in quality improvement methodology, including audit and death reviews under the national scale up of MIH.
The MIH programme will also work closely with the MoH and the MPDSR committee to strengthen central level coordination of MPDSR activities.