HealthRight Receives $1.75 Million from USAID to Improve Maternal and Neonatal Health in Kenya

from HealthRight International
Published on 16 Nov 2012 View Original

Friday, November 16, 2012

Press Release


In October, HealthRight International was awarded a $1.75 million grant from USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grant Program (CSHGP) for our innovative work saving mothers and newborns in Kenya.

The USAID Child Survival program supports community-oriented projects by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work to improve child survival and health outcomes in vulnerable communities. This year, they awarded 6 grants globally. This is HealthRight’s fourth CSHGP grant award.

The new funding will enable HealthRight’s program, entitled the Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health Plus (PMNH+), to serve women and children in Marakwet County, the most rural region of Kenya that sees little access to maternal and newborn care services. HealthRight estimates that 72% of women deliver in their homes and only half of all women visit a clinic even once during pregnancy.

HealthRight aims to improve these statistics in Marakwet County by supporting pregnant women, mothers and newborns with life-saving health care services and information in their homes, communities and clinics.

The project will establish and support 8 model clinics and 1,000 Community Health Workers (CHWs) to better care for mothers and their babies. HealthRight’s implementation of a new, promising model for community health services will help cut newborn deaths by 67% and maternal deaths by 75% before 2015, moving Kenya closer to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.