FAITH FOR COMMUNITY WELLBEING
The project focuses on two determinants of health seeking behaviour: Science and Faith where trained Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) use scientific methods to create awareness of and deliver basic Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH) Services while trained Faith Leaders who act as champions of RMCH use their social position to influence the uptake of RMCH services in the community.
The project trained 100 (45 Male, 55Female) CHVs both in Machakos and Garissa as well as 22 (14 Male, 8 Female) members of the community health committee to offer leadership in their communities. The CHVs offer health education to the community on different aspects of maternal health and offer referral services where necessary. Garissa County Government through the Ministry of Health promised to absorb the Community Health and Education Worker for the project as permanent staff after completion of the project to continue supporting the community.
A total of 50 faith leaders were trained on faith based approaches to reproductive, maternal and child health. They were taken through a number of reproductive health issues including but not limited to immunization, child spacing, hygiene and sanitation, the need for skilled delivery, Ante Natal Care, Post Natal care and general basic health. They were further trained on how these interventions are linked to their different faiths especially Muslim and Christianity. Overall the project has provided health services to over 11, 000 people in Kenya.
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