Maternal Newborn and Child Health Integrated Medical Outreach In Mombasa

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The Kenya Red Cross Society with support from European Union, Danish Red Cross and County Government of Mombasa is implementing Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), an Integrated project in informal settlement Tudor, Mombasa whose goal is to ensure that vulnerable communities access medical care.

The three year project has already succeeded in improving knowledge attitudes and practices on Nutritional preventive actions for mothers with new-born and children under 5 years.“Kenya Red Cross together with the County Government of Mombasa has improved health status of urban slum dwellers here at Mburukenge informal settlement in Tudor,” said Zainabu Hemed Shee, MNCH beneficiary.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty and if ignored, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear,” added Zainabu who had an eye pain and ulcers but with the medical outreach from the Kenya Red Cross and the government, she received medication.

Elizabeth Ndinda Mbasumba also from the same informal settlement thanked the Kenya Red Cross for assisting the less fortunate with health care provision. "We are truly thankful to the Kenya Red Cross and may the society lice long,” said Elizabeth.

Speaking during MNCH medical outreach at Tudor, Tabitha Kinuthia a nurse providing health services at Tudor Sub County Hospital said that KRCS has been instrumental to the nurses in Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Family Planning (FP) clinic. “The project has reduced maternal and child mortality. With the Maternal health-care systems in place and skilled community health volunteers, deliveries in birth clinics has tremendously improve,'' added Tabitha.

During KRCS MNCH moonlight at Moroto informal settlement Tudor, Jennifer (Not Real Name) said that she is proud of KRCS for providing HIV counselling and testing, and cervical cancer screening. "I know my status and I thank Kenya Red Cross and the County Government of Mombasa for providing health services,'' said Jennifer.

KRCS has been supporting the Tudor Sub County in health care provision. Speaking during Community Health Volunteers session and furniture donation at Tudor Sub County Hospital KRCS MNCH Lulu Johari said, “The health sessions for CHVs build capacity for health providers and improve awareness of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Urban Slums Tudor Sub County.”

“The medical outreach enable clients to receive free medical services for children and mothers, taking of anthropometric measurements, consultations and dispensation of drugs,” said Francis Ng'ang'a, MNCH assistant Project officer, KRCS, adding that the construction of Maternity Theatre at Tudor Sub County Hospital will go along way in improving health care service delivery.

KRCS Mombasa County Coordinator accompanied both team from the County Government and Tudor Sub County Hospital for site Maternal Theatre meeting at the hospital. Through MNCH, more than 100 communities have been benefited from outreach in Mburukenge, informal settlement Tudor Sub County.