Improving Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition
More than a third of Kenya’s population lives below the international poverty line. Rates of stunting due to malnutrition affects 29 percent of children in rural areas (20 percent in cities) and is a leading contributor to an infant mortality rate of close to 5 percent. BGR partner, Helen Keller International (HKI), is currently working in five counties in Western Kenya to improve access, delivery, and utilization of essential nutrition-related services within a framework of maternal, newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) programs.
With this grant, HKI is working with the Ministry of Health and Action Against Hunger to deliver proven programs to reach mothers, infants, and children in need of nutritional assistance at critical developmental stages. The project will improve delivery of nutrition health services, as well as offer access and training at the community level. HKI is also working with the Kakamega County Health Management Team to assess and act on the results of a baseline survey they are designing and implementing. Together these programs will have a direct impact on 55,000 adults (40,000 women) and 200,000 children, and will provide indirect benefits to an additional 380,000 community members. Annually renewable project