In Kenya, almost 100,000 children under the age of 14 are infected with HIV, and over 660,000 children under 17 are orphaned due to AIDS (UNAIDS, 2015). With such shocking statistics, The Chalker Foundation for Africa has decided to support the charity, Ace Africa, in a project in a rural western part of the country. With the aim of improving the health outcomes for pregnant women and their new-borns, community health workers (CHWs) will be trained to provide basic obstetric care. The training will be delivered in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, establishing community health units to serve 5000 people through 50 CHWs, who will provide preventative and promotional health activities.
By the end of 2017, Ace Africa hopes to achieve the following outcomes:
- 10% reduction in maternal mortality
- Significant increase in deliveries by skilled attendants
- Significant reduction in neo-natal morbidity
- Significant increase in demand for maternal and child health services