What Kenya must do to give better healthcare to every woman and child

What you need to know:

  • The workshop was to forge the way forward and discuss a roadmap for partnerships that can leapfrog the health care services for improving the health status of Kenya’s women and children.  
  • It is hoped that Kenya can play its role to inspire the importance of collective action for women and children at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2016.  
  • In Kenya, inequality in health care is immense. Among the poorest section of the population, only about 3 out of every 10 women receive skilled care during delivery. This is compared to 9 out of 10 amongst the richest.  

Kenya is one of the countries where maternal health is still lagging far behind.  It is ranked among the 10 most dangerous countries for a woman to be pregnant in and give birth.  21 women die every day due to preventable pregnancy-related complications, while 1 in 19 children never live to see their fifth birthday.

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