Kenya mortality rate declines, CAS Health says

Nairobi, 6th February, 2020 – Kenya has made remarkable progress in improving Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition outcomes in the last decade, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has said.
Speaking during the 2nd Annual Conference on Partnership for strengthening Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition on Wednesday the CAS noted that over the decade Kenya has reduced the Maternal Mortality Rate from 488 to 362 per 100,000 live births and Antenatal Coverage from 92% to 96% .
Kenya Child mortality has also declined by over 20 percent since 2008 and the total fertility rate to less than four which means more women are now using voluntary family planning with contraception.
The CAS revealed that maternal and child health services are at the core of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda and retaliated the government commitment  in ensuring quality healthcare services are affordable and accessible to all Kenyans.
She said that investment in health sector will continue to increase at National and County levels through initiatives like the Free Maternity Program, Beyond Zero, Linda Mama, the Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project as well as Development partners.
“With introduction of free maternity service, delivery under skilled care at childbirth improved from 44% to 62% with more than a million women delivering in public health facilities annually,” she noted.
To sustain the gains made the CAS said the government will utilize the multi-sectoral approach towards provision of maternal and child health services, with special focus on education, inequities and equality in health provision.