The Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Department of Family Health through the Divisions of Nutrition and Reproductive Health are working collaboratively, with support from the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), to initiate a demonstration program integrating MIYCN with FP services. The main objective of this initiative is to enhance and strengthen the intersection between nutrition and FP interventions in order to improve maternal and child outcomes through pregnancy spacing and better nutrition practices. Integrated service delivery can increase utilization of both FP and nutrition services. This integrated approach reinforces messages about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the initial six months, continuation of breastfeeding when offering complementary food, and transition to another modern method of FP when the LAM criteria are no longer met. The Ministry of Health, with support from MCHIP, has initiated activities in Bondo District of Nyanza Province on a demonstration basis (in 6 health facilities and adjacent community units), with potential for scale-up to other regions.
Communication materials developed to support the approach include the following:
- Counseling Card for Community Health Workers
- Job Aid for Facility Providers: Overarching
- Job Aid for Facility Providers: Service Specific
- MICYN-FP Brochure for Clients