The Afya Jijini project was launched at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi on June 16, 2016.
CHAK is a consortium member in the USAID- funded project led by IMA World Health which is working in Nairobi County. Under the project, CHAK has been assigned to work in Dagoreti and Westlands sub-counties.
The project works to:
- Increase utilization and access to quality HIV services
- Increase access and utlisation of focused maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), family planning (FP), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition services
The launch was attended by the Nairobi County Health Team, project partners and other guests. Chief guest, Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero was represented by the county CEC for Health Dr Bernard Muia.
Speaking at the forum, Nairobi County Secretary Dr Robert Ayisi revealed that health services consumed a big portion of the Kenyan capital city’s budget, Ksh8 billion in 2016, to be specific. Among the pillars of health care in the county are MNCH services where the Afya Jijini project was helping the county government achieve its targets.
Dr Ayisi revealed that Afya Jijini had been adopted in the CEC and challenged the project leaders to make presentations to the council. The project had also been captured by the Council of Governors, hence enjoyed support from the county chiefs.
Nairobi CEC for Health Dr Muia challenged Afya Jijini to put in place effective M&E systems to ensure the project’s impact was measurable. He also challenged the project to ensure the impact identified could be directly attributed to its efforts.
Deputy Mission Director, USAID, Kenya and East Africa Tina Dooley-Jones pointed out that despite the many gains made in the city’s health care system with the support of the funding agency, there were still gaps occasioned by economic and social disadvantages experienced by some populations. Critical interventions were therefore required to address these persistent inequalities.
Afya Jijini would therefore support local health structures and unify the county around critical issues to ensure these inequalities were addressed. People centered service delivery would be key to the success of the project.
Project Chief of Party Dr Ernest Nyamato thanked the county health leadership for providing stewardship and support towards successful commencement and implementation of the project during the nine months it had been in operation.
Among the key project success in its initial implementation phase are:
MNCH, WASH, FP and nutrition services
- Life saving emergency obstetric and new born care (EmONC) equipment distributed to 52 maternities
- 131 sites supported to integrate management of acute malnutrition
- The programme initiated the ‘We Men Care’ services as a vehicle for meaningful engagement of male partners in health care.
- 3,000 clients have benefitted from HIV psychosocial support in the health facilities
- Close to 13,000 clients have been screened for TB during active case finding initiatives
- Mapping for the DREAMS initiative has been done in over 18,000 households in the Mukuru Kwa Njenga area. The DREAMS partnership aims to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan countries. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women. Kenya is one of the countries in which the initiative is being implemented. The initiative comes at a time when Kenya is grappling with social trends such as ‘masponsor’ and ‘mafisi’ phenomenons which are potentially disruptive to the lives of girls and young women.
- The project also supported the Nairobi City County to complete its HIV strategy.
- Celebrating the successes of faith based organisations in the fight against HIV/AIDS
- Church leaders to strengthen advocacy towards quality health care for all as CHAK hospitals feel the pinch of on-going doctor's strike
- New dates for CHAK AGM&AHC 2017
- Afya Jijini project launched
- CHAK GS receives Christian International Health Championship award