Integrating Nutrition and Family Planning in Bondo Sub-County, Kenya

Reports
Sectors:
Health, Nutrition, Gender
Organization:
Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, Maternal and Child Survival Program, USAID
Author:
Regions:
Africa
Publication Dates:
December, 2015
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This report finds that only 5% of postpartum women in Kenya desire another birth within two years. Nearly 70% have an unmet need for family planning and about 40% of children are not exclusively breastfed. The unmet need for postpartum family planning (PPFP) happens alongside inadequate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, providing rationale to integrate both messages and service delivery around PPFP, Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), and IYCF. 

Produced by the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), this report reviews formative assessment, roll-out and uptake of BCC materials (including breastfeeding, complementary feeding, fertility return, and couples communication) and FP-nutrition design at facility and community levels in Bondo district, Kenya. A difference in service delivery of integrated messages was found between the hospital vs community health center level; the latter had better performance, potentially due to more stable staff and scheduling.

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