H.E Jack Ranguma unveils 118.6million grant by EU for reverse the negative maternal and child health, sexual reproductive health and Family Planning and Nutrition in Kisumu County.

    PROJECT LAUNCHED:?Tuesday, 19th May, 2015,

    Venue:Open Prison Grounds (Opposite Nyaori stage in Nyalenda) KISUMU COUNTY

    ?Project focus during the Launch: ?Mother and Child health, Family Planning and Nutrition in Manyatta and Nyalenda, Kisumu County


    The statement background information: The European Union in partnership with CARE International in Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross Society and the Family Health Options Kenya Launched a three year 118.7 million shilling project to improve the health and nutritional status of mothers and children in Manyatta and Nyalenda slums, Kisumu County. The project is implemented by CARE International in Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross Society and Family Health Options Kenya in close partnership with the Kisumu County government and the Ministry of Health. This project is funded by the European Union to the tune of 81.6 million shillings (or Euro 800,000), the Austrian Development Cooperation to the tune of 25.5 million shillings (or Euro 250,000) and CARE to the tune of 11.6 million (113,808). Kisumu is one of the top ten Counties with highest maternal mortality[1] with 495 mothers dying out of every 100,000 live births. This initiative builds on the First lady?s beyond Zero Campaign recently launched in the County.??

    The impact contributions: The project will increase access and enhance coverage of quality maternal and child health services, sexual reproductive health, family planning and nutrition thus contributing to the reduction of maternal and child deaths and improve nutritional status of residents within Kisumu urban slums. Through this project, an estimated 43,000 women and girls including 4,000 pregnant women, 18,000 children and 15,000 men and boys will be reached. This project will also support health facilities in Nyalenda and Manyatta by training staff on various packages and strengthening their capacity to do health outreaches to the unreached sections of the slums.

    The European Union has been supporting maternal and child health in Kenya for almost 20 years, and continues to be one of Kenya?s largest partners in this area, reaching out to thousands of women and children in urban slums as well as the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya. The European Union is currently launching a series of projects with focus on nutrition, family planning and maternal child health in poorer urban areas of Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi Counties. Today?s launch of the maternal and child health project in Kisumu is part of the 1.9 billion shilling in programme funding from the European Union, and is one among the 21 projects currently being implemented in the country.? The European Union has allocated 2.8 billion shillings to enhancing maternal and child health in Kenya since 2008, supporting the Government of Kenya and the First Lady?s Beyond Zero Campaign efforts to improve maternal and child health.

    [1] Counties with the Highest Burden of Maternal Mortality 2014, UNFPA

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