Journal article

Walking Together: Towards a Collaborative Model for Maternal Health Care in Pastoralist Communities of Laikipia and Samburu, Kenya

Michelle Kermode, Alison Morgan, Josephat Nyagero, Florence Nderitu, Tanya Caulfield, Matthew Reeve, John Nduba

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Purpose In 2009 the Kenyan Government introduced health system reforms to address persistently high maternal and newborn mortality including deployment of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) to health facilities in remote areas, and proscription of births attended by traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Despite these initiatives, uptake of SBA services remains low and inequitably distributed. This paper describes the development of an SBA/TBA collaborative model of maternal health care for pastoralist communities in Laikipia and Samburu. Description A range of approaches were used to generate a comprehensive understanding of the maternal and child health issues affecting these pastoralist commun..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Mothers' Union of the Anglican Church Kenya Diocese of Mt Kenya West, Health Ministries of Laikipia and Samburu counties, Pamela Onyo, Lillian Piroris, and John Ole Tingoi. This study was funded by the Australian government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Commonwealth of Australia.