A health system has six interdependent and interrelated pillars: health workforce service delivery information financing medical products vaccines and technologies leadership and governance. This study addressed health workforce pillar in order to strengthen maternal and new born services delivery in Makueni County. Globally new born neonatal mortality remains unacceptably high. Neonatal mortality accounts for 60 of infant mortality rate in Kenya. In Makueni County 1 in 22 children does not live to his or her first birth day. This unacceptable high mortality is despite existence of cost-effective evidence-based interventions which could reduce up to 70 of current deaths. Review of client complaints in Makueni has revealed gross medical mismanagement raising concerns whether health workers attending to them are knowledgeable. This study assessed perinatal knowledge and practices among health workers in Makueni County. It specifically established prenatal care knowledge and practices pre-eclampsia knowledge postnatal care knowledge home visits and hand hygiene knowledge among health workers in Makueni County.
Publication Date: 07.Dec.2023