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Friday, November 16, 2012

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

Press Release

10/23/12

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

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.