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The maternal mortality ratio, the number of women dying of pregnancy-related causes, stands at 355 deaths per 100,000 live births. Given the current annual births, this means that there are nearly 5000 women and girls dying annually due to pregnancy and childbirth complications. While access to skilled birth attendance has improved from 62% to about 70% over the last seven years, over 80% of maternal deaths are attributed to poor quality of care. Additionally, many more women and girls survive with severe morbidity including obstetric fistula and mental health complications  UNFPA supports capacity building of the health facilities to ensure universal access to patient-centered, skilled midwifery care to end preventable maternal and perinatal deaths, particularly to those at risk of being left behind including those in informal urban settlements and rural areas.

UNFPA supports several interventions aimed at ending preventable maternal deaths in Kenya:

  • Advocacy and policy dialogue on ending preventable maternal and perinatal deaths
  • Improvement of midwifery training and practice as per International Confederation of Midwifery standards, including support for improving community-based maternal and newborn care
  • Scale-up of emergency obstetric and newborn care, focusing on improving facility readiness
  • Prevention and management of obstetric fistula, with the objective of integrating fistula treatment within the routine health service delivery.
  • Capacity building of counties on maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response.
  • Use of innovations to improve maternal health, including telemedicine.
  • Evidence generation and knowledge management to improve maternal and perinatal health outcomes.