USAID's Frontlines Features Contribution of MSH Leadership Program to Increasing Number of Hospital Deliveries in Kenya
The most recent Frontlines, a news publication produced by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), features a leadership development program offered by MSH in Kenya. "Kenyan Mothers Choose Hospitals for Births," describes how a chief nursing officer at the Kendu Bay Sub-district Hospital applied management skills she learned in a USAID-funded Leadership Development Program offered by MSH to work with her colleagues to nearly double the hospital delivery rate by 60 percent by creating a "Mothers Club" for local women. Members of the "Mothers Club" attend the hospital's prenatal clinic, are asked to deliver their next child at the hospital rather than home, and are offered education in safe motherhood and other health issues.
In the first five months of the program, the hospital saw a significant increase in the number of women delivering at the hospital—from 20 women to 36. There have also been fewer complications from deliveries and an increase in infant immunizations.