The Kilifi County Government has partnered with the Canadian Government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to address infant mortality and maternal deaths in the County.
The Four year partnership will see AKDN through its various plat forms (Aga Khan foundation, Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Health services) offer the county government support in addressing access to quality care and extending health systems in the county.
Speaking in Gotani during the launch of the project, Aga Khan Foundation Region CEO, Kevin Moorhead said the program main goal will be towards bringing quality improvement of health systems and strengthening health outcomes especially on pregnant mother in the county.
“The project is about the people of Kilifi and we hope to see improvement in the health systems and strengthen health outcomes in the county,” said Mr Moorhead.
Despite the decrease in maternal deaths countrywide, Kilifi County still features as one of the 15 counties in the country that contribute to 98% of the total burden of maternal death in Kenya.
Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya Sarah Hradecky said the improvement of Maternal, newborn and county government, as a major priority should take up child health as counties were facing serious maternal health challenges.
She said Canadian was keen on helping close existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care for women.
“Reproductive health should be treated as a human rights issue, which requires a comprehensive approach that requires women and girls as forces forces of transformation in the communities,” said Ms Hradecky.
She said the project will also involves equipping and upgrading the county health facilities as well as taking care of newborns through treating infections and malnutrition as well as facilitating E-Health on the communities.
Kilifi Governor, Amason Kingi who was accompanied by Kaloleni MP, Gunga Mwinga said the County government has taken strides in addressing child morbidity in the county for the last three.
He said his administration had prioritize improving health and the project is key towards addressing the burden of maternal and child death and illness.
“ When we took Child mortality and maternal death was too high that is why we made a deliberate decision to improve health infrastructure so that our mothers can deliver well without any complications,” said Kingi.
“We have strive to ensure that every health facility in the county is has been upgraded and we hope to set a maternity wing and operating theater to cater for the pregnant mother. We want to see our mothers delivering with dignity,” said Kingi.
He said the county government had taken the initiative to improve local health systems after it strengthened the county health human resource by employing health care workers across the county.