GSK and Save the Children have been supporting the Signature Programme in Kenya since 2014.
In Kenya, approximately 56,400 children each year will die before they are a month old. In 2012, Bungoma was ranked third out of 47 counties in a deprivation study conducted by UNICEF to determine the counties that contributed most to Kenya’s national poor child health indicators.
As of November 2015, 570 community health volunteers trained in community-based maternal and newborn healthcare, while 2,664 pregnant women have been referred to a health facility for a skilled delivery by one of the 286 Traditional Birth Attendants trained by the programme.
In 2014, using additional funds raised by GSK employees, Save the Children started implementing Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in Bungoma County. KMC is a practice that is used to help save premature and low birth weight babies by teaching mothers how to keep newborns warm through prolonged skin-to-skin contact as well as encouraging breastfeeding. This has been rolled out to seven sites, training 82 health care workers.