Busia Child Survival Project
Country of Operation
- MOH BusiaGovernment
SummaryThe project worked to reduce child and maternal mortality through various strategic approaches, including building capacity, improving quality assurance and working with behavior change and communication techniques. The project focuses 40% of its efforts on maternal and newborn care, 40% on malaria
The goal of the project was to achieve a sustained reduction in child and maternal mortality. The project focused 40% of its efforts on maternal and newborn care, 40% on malaria control, and 20% on HIV/AIDS prevention. These are the leading causes of mortality for newborns, children, and mothers in the Busia and Samia districts.
The main objectives were to increase the quality and availability of health services, provide training and equipment to improve the care offered at existing health centers, and increase the number and improve the skills of health workers
Key program components
To achieve these goasl, the project usesd three strategic approaches:
Building capacity of the DHMT, health facility staff, and CORPs (community own resource persons, who are community volunteers trained by AMREF to educate their fellow community members), aimed at improving the scope of their skills and knowledge in providing health services in order to improve access to services;
Quality assurance and improved approaches in accessing quality care at health facilities and in the community;
Behavior change and communication strategies at the household and community level addressing cultural and societal barriers to disease prevention
AMREF educated and empowered households by addressing some of the cultural and societal barriers to disease prevention, trained hundreds of health care workers and reached tens of thousands of households with relevant health information, educated tens of thousands of people about malaria prevention and distributed nearly 10,000 insecticide-treated nets to children and expecting mothers who are most vulnerable to malaria.
In 2005, AMREF initiated the Busia Child Survival Project in the Busia and Samia districts to combat the devastating diseases that take the lives of so many mothers and children each day.
10,000 insecticide-treated nets to children and expecting mothers