AMREF is working with Comic Relief to help change this. Through adopting a sustainable community-based approach, AMREF will put the health of the mothers and children in the Makueni region, back into the hands of the community.
Over four years our Comic Relief-funded project will:
- Train 65 Health Workers at district level equipping them with the knowledge and skills to successfully support mothers and children.
- Work with 1,200 Community Health Workers (CHWs) training them to bring essential health awareness and education, as well as basic health services, directly to the communities.
- Train 15 lab technicians in the diagnosis of key diseases.
- Work alongside communities to help establish a Community Based Health Management Information System – a proven tool for successfully recording accurate and timely results to ensure that the project stays on track.
- Establish and support 24 Community Health Committees, responsible for managing the on-going health action within the region. The members of these groups will be elected from youth groups, women’s groups, members of the CHW staff, and other respected community members, ensuring that all demographics within the community are represented.
By the end of the project we will aim to provide households in the district with the capacity to prevent, care and treat childhood diseases, benefitting 24,447 children under 5. Through the training of over 1,000 health workers at community level we will provide mothers and expecting mothers with a vital link to formal health care facilities that could save their life.