SAVING LIVES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS
Living Goods works in partnership with governments to build sustainable community health systems. The organisation implemented its community health worker model in Uganda with extraordinary success and began replicating it in Kenya in 2015. We supported its efforts to fully reach western Kenya. In 2020, we funded its work tackling the COVID-19 crisis in the country, while ensuring the continuity of essential community health services.
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, community health workers are the frontline for medical help. In remote areas, they provide essential care, medicines and referrals for maternal and child health problems, and COVID-19. Too often, however, these workers are not effectively trained, equipped or financed.
Living Goods supports thousands of government community health workers in Kenya to ensure they are digitally enabled, properly equipped, effectively supervised, and fairly compensated.
Living Goods also works with the Kenyan Government and individual counties to develop the policies and tools necessary to strengthen and sustain community health systems and work towards universal health coverage.
In 2019, Living Goods facilitated the government’s first digital community health data, which will enhance availability of data for decision-making.
As well as maternal and child health, Living Goods also piloted the extension of community health workers’ services, including family planning, immunisation, counselling, and referral services.
By the end of 2019, the organisation had trained over 2,000 community health workers in Kiambu, Kisii, Kakamega, Nakuru and Busia, reaching over 1.5 million people with immunisation services and identifying 23,000 children under-five as under vaccinated.
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS SUPPORTED IN KENYA
at the end of 2019. (2,000 of which are trained in family planning, immunisation and counselling)
PEOPLE SERVED BY COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
at the end of 2019
REDUCTION IN CHILD MORTALITY
in communities where Living Goods works
COVID-19 EMERGENCY SUPPORT
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Living Goods ensured the continuity of essential community health services and supported the Kenyan government’s response with technical advice and critical supplies. It also trained all Living Goods staff and community health workers in seven counties in COVID-19 prevention, early case detection, reporting procedures, and personal safety measures.
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Covid-19 support: © Living Goods