Grassroots Alliance For Community Education
Date:February 19, 2017

Pwani Lishe Bora Program

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This three-year program (2016 – 2018) is funded by the European Union (EU) and focuses on Maternal and Child Health in general and promoting nutrition in particular in Mombasa County. It is implemented by a consortium of 3 partner organizations namely Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), the lead partner; Grassroots Alliance for Community Education (G.R.A.C.E.) Africa, a co-applicant; and Kenya Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA), an affiliate. The program focuses on five sub-counties in Mombasa namely Mvita, Changamwe, Jomvu Kuu, Likoni, Kisauni and Nyali with its target groups being 50,000 adolescent girls and women of child bearing age; 400,000 children aged 0-5 years and 200,000 pregnant and lactating mothers.

Main activities include expanding nutrition specific and sensitive interventions in Mombasa County as defined by Kenya High Impact Interventions in Nutrition (HiNis); increasing access to, and utilization of quality nutrition services and commodities; improving uptake of family planning services; improving household income; and promoting male involvement and community outreaches to promote nutrition.

The program also employs advocacy aimed at ensuring that the County Government, policy makers and other actors are accountable in scaling up of nutrition initiatives and increase the county budget’s allocation to nutrition interventions. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are targeted for capacity building on issues of nutrition to enable them to advocate for and champion nutrition issues in the county, with the main goal of establishing a Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) Mombasa Chapter.

By the end of 2016, G.R.A.C.E. had reached more than 46,000 community members (among them pregnant and lactating mothers, women of reproductive age, adolescents and children below 5 years) with deworming services and education on nutrition, maternal and child health. 35 Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) had also been trained on the Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) approach, and they will embark on training community members on the same in 2017 and 2018 in an effort to increase their household incomes and enable them to afford and access maternal and child health services in the long run.