Tackling national health challenges
CMMB Kenya has a strong track record of strengthening health systems and providing quality HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services. CMMB Kenya’s experience in managing US government and private health awards goes back more than a decade.
- Domestic and international volunteers
- HIV prevention, care and treatment, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission
- Health systems strengthening
- Voluntary medical male circumcision
CMMB Kenya programs have built the capacity of local healthcare organizations to tackle not only HIV/AIDS but also other national health challenges. CMMB Kenya has a reputation for locally managed, high-quality HIV care and treatment, with low loss-to-follow-up and low mortality rates among clients. Program areas include HIV prevention, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV – with support from mentor mothers, voluntary medical male circumcision, HIV counseling and testing, screening for sexually transmitted infections, and behavior change communication. We also help build human resources for health and work to strengthen Kenyan health systems via direct assistance on health management information systems, finance, administration, and technical training for staff.
Snapshots from Kenya
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Strengthening Access to Quality Healthcare in Kenya
In 2015, 88% of pregnant women referred by CMMB to healthcare facilities delivered their newborn in a health facility.
According to the World Health Organization, about 830 women die from pregnancy - or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Almost all of these deaths occur in low-resource settings including at home deliveries. Most can be prevented.
Helen is a mother of six. She had her first 5 babies at home but delivered her last at a healthcare facility. Helen was initially afraid to give birth at the clinic because of the stigma of poverty. While she received regular prenatal care at the clinic during each pregnancy, she stayed home to deliver with a traditional birth attendant.
Helen was in labor for what felt like days with her sixth child before finally deciding to seek help at the clinic. The nurses were encouraging and supportive, and Helen safely delivered a healthy baby boy. Helen is now an advocate for the women in her community, promoting safe delivery in health facilities.
In 2016, 10,525 men and boys were reached by the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
After studies demonstrated the strong protective effect of male circumcision against HIV transmission in high-prevalence settings, CMMB adopted a unique, cost-effective, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) model as part of its HIV prevention services package, offered at local health facilities in Kenya.
Grandvin is 18-years old. When he came to the health facility, he was nervous about the procedure. “I'm a little afraid. The clinic says circumcision will protect me from HIV. If this will help protect me, then I have to do it. I feel proud to help fight AIDS in Kenya."
CMMB is working diligently toward an AIDS free generation in Kenya. Staff has achieved 98 percent of the target population for CMMB's VMMC program in Nairobi County.
In 2016, 532 community health workers and social workers were trained and mentored on a variety of critical healthcare topics.
In Kenya, CMMB training programs support and strengthen health care facilities by increasing access to high-quality treatment, mobilizing local communities, and creating demand for health-related services. Training and support to build leadership, strengthen governance, and manage assets are critical to sustainable, long-term success.
Dr. Amollo is one of the very few medical doctors at the Mutomo Mission Hospital in rural Kenya. Much of his time is spent mentoring and educating healthcare workers because there is a shortage of skilled staff in the area. By working together, they are able to treat everyone who comes seeking quality healthcare. With limited resources, Dr. Amollo relies on his years of experience, sound clinical judgment, and the hospital's excellent lab.
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