In Kenya, 70,000 mothers and children die each year. Marginalized communities bear the highest burden of loss–just 15 of Kenya’s 47 counties contribute to 98.7% of maternal deaths. Two Kenyan-led organizations—Lwala Community Alliance and Dandelion Africa—believe that communities themselves are the largest untapped resource in combating maternal and infant mortality. Together, we will scale community-led health to save the lives of mothers and babies across three high-burden counties in Kenya, reaching 3 million people.
The community-led health model has four components: community health committees provide accountability and new ideas for solving problems; professionalized community health workers deliver services and build trust in the health system; health facilities are trained and equipped to offer high-quality, dignified care; and data enables evidence-based decision-making. This model will result in increased skilled delivery, antenatal and postnatal care, immunization coverage, and treatment of childhood illnesses–and nearly 1 million women and infants will experience a safer pregnancy, delivery, and first year of life. We are also on a mission to transform health care for all 47.5 million people in Kenya by changing systems and policies that improve maternal and newborn health.
Lwala Community Alliancewebsite: https://lwala.org/
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