Addressing Healthcare Issues through ACCESS-Uzima in Kenya
ACCESS-Uzima is a USAID-funded project designed to address critical issues in Kenya's healthcare system. Studies have shown that the majority of maternal deaths are due to preventable and treatable causes such as postpartum haemorrhage, malaria, sepsis, eclampsia, obstructed labor and unsafe abortion. ACCESS UZIMA is working in collaboration with Kenya's Ministries of Health to improve maternal, newborn and child health care services provided in health facilities within Nyanza Province - specifically in Bondo District - by improving the quality of care within the health facilities. The student will help to carry this process forward to the next level, with specific activities to include: 1. Learn about ACCESS-Uzima and healthcare systems challenges in Kenya, specifically those pertaining to Bondo District 2. Review quantitative and qualitative preliminary baseline assessment results 3. Identify gaps in data, or areas for further exploration, particularly related to community-facility linkages 4. Conduct targeted follow up to address gaps and/or areas of further interest to the ACCESS-Uzima team (through desk review, stakeholder interviews, field visit to Bondo District, etc) 5. Incorporate additional findings into baseline assessment 6. Prepare final baseline assessment report for ACCESS-Uzima's work in Bondo District, combining all findings gathered during March, April, May, and June 2010. 7. Work with ACCESS-Uzima team to refine intervention approaches to address issues highlighted in baseline assessment report.