Kisumu County is the first beneficiary of the Living Labs project supported by PATH to engage and motivate front-line immunization health workers to increase coverage and make a significant contribution to maternal health following implementation that is set for rollout in public health facilities across the county.
Access to reproductive health in Kisumu county has expanded since the introduction of UHC, however, gaps in outcomes of care remain a challenge. The gaps include maternal mortality which is a high burden in the service delivery.
Recognizing these gaps, PATH Kenya through Living Labs project in partnership with Kisumu County Health Department held a workshop intending to strengthen the motivation and engagement of frontline immunization workers on postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).
In his official remarks, the County Director for Public health and Sanitation Mr. Fredrick Oluoch appreciated the efforts made to deal with PPH which contribute to maternal mortality. He lauded the workshop supported by the Living labs project for the pending solutions that work within our facilities in Kisumu.
The County maternal health service coordinator, Ms. Jane Owuor noted the challenge of maternal mortality in the county due to PPH, adding that the team looks forward to working with PATH to ensure women survive labor.
Postpartum hemorrhage is a common cause of maternal deaths, thus the need to engage the health workers through the Human-centered Design approach to come up with the most effective strategy to PPH. The officers resolved to ensure active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL) to reduce the risk in maternal health.
The deliberations noted barriers in managing PPH as the major cause of maternal mortality, the barriers included the duration for the referral process and lack of motivation of the front-line workers. They also noted that PPH is beyond the service provider and asked that the health management team ensure service delivery.
The workshop brought together medical officers and health workers from the sub-county facilities, County referral hospital, JOOTRH, and County government health officers.
By Matilda Atieno