Ministry of health launches 14 documents meant to improve maternal and new-born health services


The ministry of health through the division of reproductive and maternal health has launched 14 documents that seeks to improve the quality of maternal and new-born health services in Kenya.
They include the National guidelines on quality obstetrics and perinatal care, Maternal and new-born health standards 2022, National reproductive health and family planning commodity security strategy, Kenya Family planning costed implementation plan 2021-2024, National family planning standards for healthcare facilities in Kenya, Female genital mutilation prevention and response fast track plan, Female genital mutilation prevention and management of health complications training manual and the Management of intimate partner violence health care settings. Others are Forensic Module on Management of SGBV. Trainers Manual, Understanding adolescence –Community health package, Total Market Approach for family planning strategy, National post Abortion care standards, National DMPA –SC Training curriculum for health care providers and Post pregnancy family planning document.
The National guidelines on quality obstetrics and perinatal care standardizes evidence best practices that informs policy and advocates for maternal and new born health for individual and community health outcomes in Kenya. It aims to have a healthy mother and baby who survives, thrives and transforms during continuum of care. The guideline also equips health care professionals with maternal and new born health knowledge, skills and positive attitude.
The intimate partner violence training manual was developed following a rise in IPV cases during COVID-19 epidemic period and aims to empower health care providers with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure an appropriate health sector response to intimate partner violence.
The vision of the Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan is to ensure access to quality, affordable, comprehensive and equitable family planning services in an effort to achieve the goal of reducing the unmet need for family planning from 18% in 2020 to 9% in 2024.
The documents target healthcare professionals, policy makers, health academia and researchers as well as health implementers across all levels.