Peter Munene, Faith to Action Network, International Programme Coordinator presenting a speech during the Launch of the project, 14th October 2014 Machakos, Kenya 14th OCTOBER, MACHAKOS, KENYA.[/caption]
The official launch of Faith for Community Wellbeing Project that seeks to Increase community based maternal and newborn child healthcare services for women in Kenya (Garissa and Machakos) using faith-based approaches took place on 14th October 2014, At Machakos peopleâ€™s Park, Machakos County, Kenya. A similar launch event is was launched on 22 October in Garissa County, Kenya where the project will also be implemented. Dr. Jacks Nthanga, Health Coordinator, Machakos County, presenting his key remarks emphasised the need for ownership of the project by the community since the project is designed to benefit the community. He also applauded the involvement of multiple stakeholders in the design of the project. â€¨â€¨Faith for Community Wellbeing project is a reproductive and maternal child health (RMCH) intervention being implemented in Machakos and Garissa Counties with support from the UK Aid through the Department for International Development (DFID).
The project seeks to contribute towards achieving MDGs indicators on maternal health, reduce child mortality and combat HIV, malaria and other diseases. Faith for Community Wellbeing project is being implemented by DSW together with Faith to Action Network, Muslim Agency for Development Education (MADE in Europe) and Global One.
The two year project aims to empower influential community leaders such as faith leaders, family members, local NGOs, community health volunteers (CHVs) and county officials to address and eradicate religious and cultural barriers to quality care, hence, improving reproductive maternal child health (RMCH) outcomes.