Health Service in neglected regions
Health Status in Kenya
Like in many other low income countries life expectancy in Kenya has improved during the last 25 years to 60 years. Although in the same time period the under 5 mortality could be reduced, there was little improvement with regards to maternal and neonatal mortality. This means Kenya is one of the countries which will probably not meet the health MDG targets concerning maternal and child health.
Communicable disease is widespread. Diseases such as polio, viral hemorrhagic fevers have been reemerging. There is a high burden of HIV/AIDS cases being responsible for almost 1/3 of all deaths. Malaria is the leading cause of mortality in children under 5 years of age. Other important causes of mortality are conditions in the neonatal period, and for adults stroke, heart attacks, road accidents and violence. Other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are increasing, although the prevalence of diabetes, for example, is still low at about 5 procent.
As in other countries there are wide disparities in health status and access to health services. Arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) constitute about 80% of Kenya’s land mass, host about 10 million people and approximately 70% of the national livestock herd. These areas have the lowest development indicators and the highest incidence of poverty. Over 60 procent of ASAL inhabitants live below the poverty line.
DIFAEM Projects in Kenya
Community based mother-and-child care in Kenya
Reducing infant mortality
By teaching simple measures such as the "kangaroo method" of holding the newborn child and through promoting exclusive breastfeeding already within the first years of the project the infant mortality rate could be reduced...
Building Health Structures in solitary Regions
The "Boresha" Project
With the African Inland Church Health Ministries we started the “Boresha” project in the arid and semi-arid lands in the north of Kenya in 2011. Prior to this, access to health services was extremely limited in the project...