The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh749 Million for Mumias Health

Kakamega residents will benefit from a 'Linda Afya ya Mama na Mtoto" project sponsored by the Canadian government launched in the county yesterday.

Speaking at Bukaya health center in Mumias district, national director of community health services James Mwitari said the project will improve skills of medics in maternal and newborn health.

It will also strengthen essential nutrition actions to reduce infant and maternal mortalities. Mwitari said the three-year project will cost the Canadian government $8.8 million dollars.

The Canadian International Development Agency will partner with the Health ministry in the project. Deputy country director and head of programs at Amref Kenya Meshack Ndirangu and country director of Micronutrient Initiative Chris Wanyoike were at the launch.

Mwitari said the project will be implemented using a community health strategy approach where every 5,000 people are grouped into a unit. Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya said his administration will support the project.

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