Country Information

Kenya has a population of about 41.6 million (World Bank, 2011) and was ranked as 147 out of 175 countries in the Human Development Index 2004.

The country is divided into 8 geo-political provinces: Central, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western provinces. Each province is further subdivided into districts and there are a total of 46 legal districts in Kenya. Following the new constitution, districts will become counties and will take greater responsibility for the administration of health care. World Bank  

Key MNH Indicators for Kenya

  • Maternal Mortality Ratio: 510 (344-754)/100,000 live births (WHO 2015)
  • % Skilled Birth Attendance: 62% (DHS 2014)
  • % Contraceptive Prevalence Rate: 39.1% (DHS 2014)
  • Total Fertility Rate (per woman): 3.9 (DHS 2014)
  • Ante-Natal Care (at least one visit): 95.5% (DHS 2014)

 CMNH has been working in Kenya since 2009 and has been involved in the following projects/studies.:

  • Making it Happen programme (MiH)- Phase 1 and 2
  • Making it Happen (MiH) Expansion
  • Causes of Stillbirth in Referral Facilities in Kenya
  • Knowledge and Skills Retention Study (KSRS)
  • Maternal Morbidity Study
  • Improving maternal and newborn outcomes in six high burden morbidity counties in Kenya (UNFPA)
  • Social Return on Investment
  • Health Systems Governance for Facilities designated to provide CEMONC in Kenya
  • Community health workers for maternal for maternal and newborn health; case studies from the field


Making it Happen Programme (MiH)

The MiH programme aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity by increasing the availability and improving the quality of Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA) and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC). The programme was delivered in 11 countries: in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia between 2009- 2015.

The Making it Happen Programme in Kenya was implemented in partnership with UNICEF to support the Kenya Ministry of Health.

The programme resulted in:

  • 2063 in service health care workers trained in EmONC
  • 290 pre-service students trained EmONC 
  • 364 tutors trained in EmONC
  • 373 health care workers trained in data collection and usage 
  • 446 health care workers trained in quality improvement methodologies.