Our Purpose in Kenya
WHP works to bring essential healthcare to women, children, and families in rural Kenya, including care to see women safely through pregnancy, childbirth, and their reproductive lives as well as important pediatric care for young children and babies.
This work is driven by need. In Kenya, an average of 200 children younger than five and 90 newborns die each day, many of them from preventable and treatable diseases. Women, too, are at risk: 17 Kenyan women die every day from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Delivering Essential Healthcare to Women & Children
In rural Kenya, where villages are spread out and reaching a doctor may be time-consuming and expensive, WHP is building a telemedicine-enabled network to bring accessible healthcare to families.
In 2015, WHP made a formal commitment as a part of the Every Woman Every Child campaign to reach eight million women and children in rural Kenya over five years with maternal, newborn, and child healthcare services.
WHP’s networks rely on local entrepreneurs, who are recruited and trained to participate. The local entrepreneurs are equipped with basic SIM card-powered devices to offer community members a way to share vital medical information with network doctors, including blood pressure and pulse readings, stethoscope sounds, blood counts, fetal sounds, cardiac signals, and temperature.
The network is used for consultations, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, moving medications, getting test results, and timely referrals to higher levels of care when needed.
Phase I (2014): Kisumu and Siaya Counties
Phase II (2015): Homa Bay County
Future Expansion: Kakamega and Migori Counties
WHP welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other partners to implement its Every Woman Every Child commitment in rural Kenya. For more information, please contact Akhilesh Sharma, WHP Kenya Program Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Engagement in Kenya
In Kenya, WHP has worked in close collaboration and with the dedicated support of Ministries of Health from Siaya, Homa Bay, and Kakamega Counties. Officials from all of these offices signed letters of support for WHP’s commitment to Every Woman Every Child. Over the next five years, WHP will be acting on its commitment to reach eight million women and children with the support of the Ministry of Health and the government’s primary health care services.