160K

additional people consumed adequately fortified maize flour

125K

additional girls reached with weekly iron and folic acid supplements

161K

adolescent girls and boys reached with gender-sensitive health and nutrition education

The need

Malnutrition in Kenya

Women: 26% of women are iron deficient and 42.6% of pregnant women are anaemic, which impacts their physical wellbeing, performance at work or school, pregnancies, and their babies’ fetal development

Newborns: Only 62% of all newborns are exclusively breastfed

Infants: Only 22% of children six to 23 months have access to a minimum acceptable diet

Children under five: More than 25% of all children under five are stunted, which has long-term effects on their cognitive development, school performance, and economic productivity in adulthood

Our Solution

Maize flour fortification, nutrition interventions and nutrition education

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate/Folic Acid

Iron

Iron

Nutrition International is working in Kenya to reduce:

  • Anaemia in pregnant women and adolescent girls
  • Birth complications
  • Maternal and newborn deaths
  • Number of low birthweight newborns
  • Number of neural tube defects
  • Stunting in children under five

Our interventions:

  • Adolescent girls: Work with the national government to develop policies and strategies to improve adolescent girls’ nutrition in three counties through weekly iron and folic acid supplementation and nutrition education
  • Pregnant women: Create awareness campaigns to encourage women to seek antenatal care within their first trimester, attend at least four antenatal checkups, and consume at least 90 tablets of daily iron and folic acid supplements during their pregnancy
  • Frontline health workers: Build the capacity of frontline health workers in 10 counties to provide quality antenatal, delivery and postnatal care, allowing for improved survival and health of pregnant women and newborns
  • Birth package: Improve the capacity of health workers and promote skilled delivery and kangaroo mother care to improve child survival
  • Maize flour fortification: Provide medium-scale maize millers with technical and financial support to produce maize flour enriched with iron and folic acid
  • Infant and young child nutrition: Build the capacity of health workers to promote, protect and support mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants for the first six months, and improve complementary feeding practices for children six to 24 months

The Impact

Reducing anaemia among adolescent girls and improving maternal and newborn health

Right Start Kenya is reducing anaemia in pregnant women and adolescent girls, birth complications, maternal and newborn deaths, the number of low birthweight newborns, the number of neural tube defects and stunting in children under five.

160K

additional people consumed adequately fortified maize flour

125K

additional girls reached with weekly iron and folic acid supplements

161K

adolescent girls and boys reached with gender-sensitive health and nutrition education