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
CMMB believes that every child deserves a mother.
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. That’s why CMMB’s community health workers monitor the childbearing intentions of women in the catchment areas for which they are responsible and refer all pregnant women to a health facility for antenatal care and a safe delivery.
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.
CMMB believes that health is a human right and is working toward an AIDS-free life for adolescents and young people.
CMMB has been part of the global effort to end AIDS since 2004. Since then, CMMB Kenya programs have built local organizations’ capacity to tackle HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment, including voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), prevention of mother‐to‐child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and screening for sexually transmitted infections. Excellence in behavior change communication grounds our strength in community mobilization around health.
Currently, under the Kenya Red Cross Society, we are implementing evidence-based interventions targeted at adolescents.
CMMB Kenya staff are reliably nimble and conscientious, working constantly toward improving their projects, to reach more people more efficiently and more effectively.
CMMB believes in training, mentoring, and supporting community health workers and facility healthcare workers to build sustainable local capacity.
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.