International Rescue Committee in Kenya
Deaths among children under five is high in the North Western part of Kenya.
Mother to mother support groups in Kakuma Division play an important role in improving child nutrition within the community. These are groups of pregnant and breastfeeding women including traditional Birth Attendants, who meet to learn about and discuss issues of infant and young children nutrition.
The project supported with ECHO and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has been able to reach 636 women and 1908 children under five through the IRC.
They support each other caring for the children by learning how to prepare nutritious foods and actively feeding their children. The mothers adhered to the cultural practices by delaying breastfeeding and preferred home delivery to hospital. IRC has educated mothers on health Nutrion and better child care.