Who We Are
MAISHA is a maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) partnership between the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) in Kenya and College of the Rockies (COTR) in Canada. The project is funded by the Canadian Government. The goal of MAISHA is reduced maternal, newborn, and infant mortality in Nyeri and Migori counties in Kenya through improved access and service delivery. As both academic institutions have considerable strengths in training and education, the project is largely focused on health education and training, both at health facilities and within the communities of focus.
DeKUT’s Nursing Department plays a key role in the MAISHA project. Since project inception nursing staff have acted as consultants and trainers for MAISHA. Nursing department staff are lead trainers for Emergency Obstetrics (EmOC) training; mentor MOH trainers; and help develop the baseline and midterm reviews. Furthermore, Kimathi students benefit from the skills-based knowledge of the nursing staff. In addition, the Nursing Department has published and presented papers from MAISHA project data.
What We Do
To improve the functionality of community health units, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) are recruited and trained to provide community-level maternal, newborn, and infant care and information, creating more informed and better supported communities. Similarly Community Health Committees (CHCs) are established and trained to oversee the health objectives of their communities and work with the support of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs). The project also scale-ups existing rural health facilities to better accommodate antenatal, delivery and postnatal services. Facility health workers, such as nurses, are trained in EmOC and newborn care.