Efforts to reduce infant mortality in Migori, Homa Bay pay off

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Mercy Owuor Ochieng’ has won the hearts of many and bagged a number of accolades due to her efforts to reduce cases of infant mortality in Migori and Homa Bay counties.

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Through her initiative dubbed “thrive through five” she has been able to  sensitize parents on proper maternal healthcare.

Migori and Homa-bay counties are among regions that have been proven to be harsh for the survival of children below the age of 5.

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This is according to a research   by Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).

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The study undertaken since 1965, shows that children in Western Kenya die in their formative years because the region is characterized by high HIV prevalence and intense malaria transmission.

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37 year old Mercy is however out to change this narrative.  She runs a program within Lwala  health facility in Migori County dubbed ‘Thrive Through Five ‘  with the  main aim  of providing community   outreach efforts to reduce child mortality.

Her initiative has also helped reduce mortality of children under five years by 64% with skilled deliveries said to be at 97% up from 26%.

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Her main challenge however has been involving men in the program since most of them have been taking a back seat on matters  reproductive health.

Building a cordial working relationship between traditional birth attendants and modern health experts has also proved challenging for Mercy.

 

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