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The free Maternal Care Program has immensely contributed to the reduction of maternal mortality in Kenya with the number of deliveries now at 2,977,046.
The increased utilization of maternity services in public health facilities has contributed to the overall increase of deliveries in health facilities from 44 per cent in 2012/13 to the current 70 per cent.
Last year the Minsitry of Health introduced free antenatal, delivery and postnatal free care in all public hospital, some missionary and private hospitals countrywide in a program called, Linda Mama, Boresha Jamii.
It was in a bid to reduce mortality rates, which as of 2014, had decreased to 39 deaths per 1,000 live births from 52 in 2008-09. “We see encouraging results of improved reproductive health and reduced pregnancy-related deaths in the Kenya. A key reason for this has been the abolishment of maternity fees to eliminate financial barriers to accessing maternity services in public hospitals, political commitment, increased allocation of resources and intense immunization, said Dr. Cleopa Mailu, the Cabinet Secretary for Health.
Dr Mailu also noted that the government has introduced an insurance cover for poor people, disabled and elderly to improve access to quality care. Our intention is to achieve the Universal Health Coverage in the next five years, said the CS.
“We have a strong private sector and we are also engaging them with innovative ideas to offer support and promote the gains made. Under the Managed Equipment Services Program we are collaborating with Philips, a Netherlands company to equip 96 hospitals across all the 47 counties with medical equipment,” the CS noted.
In addition to this the Ministry of Health is developing guidelines based on the constitution to ensure access to safe abortion.