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Promoting the uptake of Maternal Health services among peri –urban populations: The case of Kibera, Nairobi

Fellow's Name: 
Dr. Carol Odula
Fellows Track: 
HIV Science and Program Management
Fellows Cohort: 
Second Cohort

Maternal mortality ratio is higher in developing countries one of the reasons is due to lack of skilled attendance and facilities that assist pregnant women during and even after the pregnancy. Many women, especially in rural areas, only have access to untrained midwives while giving birth who may not be able to handle complications and as such could lead to injury or death of the mother-to-be or even the baby.

To mitigate this, the project attempted to engage both women and men, on the need to use proper personnel before, when giving birth and after.

The project targeted Kibera residents and engaged them so that they may adopt safer practices which can reduce this trend. The project used a narrowcast communication campaign to try and reach out to the locals as effectively as possible.