This report evaluates access to maternal and child healthcare and health outcomes in Kenya using geographic information systems (GIS), statistical analysis, and a comprehensive review of existing literature.
It seeks to aid in identifying distributions of health facilities and services relative to key maternal and child health indicators (e.g., safe delivery, care and treatment of birth injuries, antenatal and postnatal care, immunization, and nutrition).
It also seeks to contribute a portfolio of geospatial maps for identifying, analyzing, and monitoring health needs in one of the world’s poorest, most densely populated, and most vulnerable regions. In addition to identifying and analyzing information currently available, the report highlights limitations of both Kenya’s existing data sets and overreliance on distance as a measure of “access” and “use.”
This report responds to a request from Direct Relief International (DRI) to identify healthcare access and health outcomes in Kenya as part of its multi-organizational collaborative project to enhance health services in an integrated and efficient manner.
Along with the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and district-level health ministries in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, DRI is attempting to determine critical gaps in health infrastructure.