Project Title: Kenya Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Midwives Education and Employment (KISSMEE) Project
Course: Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Course
Maternal Child Health and Nutrition (MNCH) education to both mothers and health care providers has a significant role to play in the provision of quality MNCH care especially in resource poor settings. In Kenya, an estimated 26% of children under five years are stunted (KDHS, 2014). Nationally about 61% of children are exclusively breastfeed. Pregnant and lactating women in Kenya experience significant micronutrient deficiencies; just over 50% have iron deficiency, 52% have zinc deficiency and 40% have vitamin A deficiency (KNBS and ICF Macro 2010). These indicators are pointers to the need to improve the quality of MNCH care.
A nutriplanet study conducted in Kenya (2009) found out that malnutrition is increasingly trending among middle class women. This was due to child unfriendly work schedules; Middle class women are too busy to provide primary nursing to their newborns, work places have no maternal newborn care friendly services. It is also a notable practice that most middle class women seek specialized Antenatal Care (ANC) from obstetricians and gynaecologists who lack quality time with clients and this result in limited health education on MNCH. It is therefore important that middle class mothers, entrepreneurial nurse midwives and Private Nurse Providers (PNPs) are empowered so that they can play a pivotal role in improving these indicators.
The project aims to increase middle class women’s access to information on exclusive breastfeeding and MNCH practices as a whole in Kisii and Nairobi County.
- Improve MNCH services through midwives capacity building
- Empower midwives by creating business opportunities in MNCH services
- To increase MNCH access to middle class women
- To increase the uptake of workplace policies that positively and directly impact maternal and young child health
- To increase exclusive breastfeeding among middle class women in Nairobi and Kisii counties
Project Outcomes and Impacts:
- Develop curricular on Early Life Nutrition, Applied MNCH and Entrepreneurship and business skills
- Building capacity and empower of 400 Midwives
- Create employment for 180 Midwives
- Reach 50,000 middle class women through m-health applications
- Five companies adopt MNCH component in their workplace policies; >300 employees and children benefit
The course will be delivered via face to face and distance learning mode.
The modules include:
Module 1: Applied Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Module 2: Early Life Nutrition
Module 3: Entrepreneurship and Business Skills