Second Term Project features the following activities.

Improve access to maternal and child health services for expectant and breastfeeding mothers and children under five

■ Introduce equipment for maternal and child health services at health facilities

■ Help medical professionals enhance their knowledge and skills in maternal and child health services

■ Train Community Health Volunteers in the local communities

  • To improve the quality of services provided at health facilities, the project aims to strengthen the health system in a community-based integrated manner by enabling local dispensary staff to receive support and guidance from major health facilities and the Kenyan Ministry of Health on a regular basis and enhancing the referral system between major hospitals and the local dispensaries.
  • To address the high prevalence of malaria, the project aims not only to help village health staff give local people preventive guidance but also to improve the management system and records of the inventory of diagnosis kits and medicines and to educate local people about the correct ways of using mosquito nets and removing puddles.

Build community-based systems for improving people’s nutritional and water hygiene habits

■ Enhance community-based initiatives for nutritional improvement

■ Strengthen nutritional programs against acute malnutrition

■ Build water supply facilities

■ Help spread correct hygiene knowledge and habits across schools and the communities

  • To solve food shortages caused by poor harvests, the project aims to help local people by introducing climate-friendly agricultural practices and drought-resistant crops and varieties.
  • The project aims to enable local people to provide each other with peer education about health and nutrition by forming three Mother to Mother support groups (M2M groups). The sharing of correct information among mothers with common concerns and thoughts will help encourage them to use health and nutrition services provided at health facilities.

Enhance health system management

■ Facilitate the partnership between the communities and government officials

■ Enhance monitoring and assessment

  • By forming community advocacy groups, the project aims to build a mechanism for the local communities to make bottom-up approaches to government and solve their own problems or problems in the local medical field in close cooperation with government.
  • The project team meets regularly with county- and sub-county-level officials of the Ministry of Health, as well as partners, to share the progress of this project and government initiatives, including challenges to be solved, with the aim to make subsequent activities more effective and more efficient. In the entire process of the project, from its launch to completion, project objectives and activities will be assessed and continuously shared and discussed among government officials, the local communities, and the project team until the final assessment.