Health ministry launches policy to accelerate gains in child health Nairobi, KENYA November 19, 2018










The Ministry of Health has launched a policy and guidelines to accelerate the gains made in child health.

The Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health Policy; the Neonatal Guidelines for Hospitals and the Kangaroo Mother Care Training Guidelines for Health workers were launched by the Ministry of Health, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Rashid Aman during the commemoration of the World Prematurity Day at the Kenyatta Hospital, on Friday November 16, 2018, themed “Working Together: Partnering With Families In The Care of Small and Sick Newborns.

Dr. Aman said the Ministry will continue to expand services to mothers and newborns towards attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2022 and urged all the partners to work with the Ministry to implement cost-effective solutions for prevention and care of preterm births in addition to offering support to families who have experienced a preterm birth.

He noted that Kenya has made remarkable progress in improving Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent health during the last decade. “Through concerted efforts, under-5 mortalities have significantly declined by over 50 percent. Similar progress has also been realized in the reduction of infant mortality,” he added.

Dr. Aman also acknowledged that despite the progress, neonatal deaths remain considerably high and called for more efforts towards prevention of Prematurity, complications during labor and delivery and infections which accounts for 80% of newborn deaths.

He revealed that the Ministry of Health has trained over 800 health care staff across the country on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), noting that the practice has been rolled out in 30 out of the 47 counties, as part of interventions undertaken to prevent preterm deaths.

“With proper implementation, KMC can successful save up to 50% due to prematurity and low birth weight,” he added.