MREF Kenya’s Kajiado MNCH Boma Maternal Health Delivery Model has received an award as one of the “Most Promising Health Market Innovation under the Category: Changing Behavior from the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Research (IHPMR).
The BOMA Model was designed in line with the National Health Sector Strategic Health Plan II that enhances delivery essential packages for health through the community strategy. This approach emphasises bringing health closer to the people through their participation at entry level, the development, testing, promotion and adoption of appropriate models of improving health in Kenya. The model has achieved improved MNCH service delivery at the household level and the wider Magadi community. The strategies adopted through this model included, community mobilization and demand driven actions, capacity building and partnership. The model has been fully supported by communities and Ministries of Health. It has demonstrated that it is ideal for nomadic communities and is doable under the normal MoH functions. Overall, the AMREF interventions have contributed to increased number of maternal and child health services except for skilled birth attendance and family planning use.
The Health Market Innovation awards programmes in the East Africa region that have increased access to health services, improved quality of service delivery and or provided financial protection to the poor and vulnerable. Accepting the award during the ceremony held in Kampala, Uganda on 2 May 2012, AMREF Kenya Country Director Dr Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi said " I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the Magadi Community and especially the Community Health Workers who worked hard and voluntarily to change behavior on maternal seeking services. Our staff who worked on this project under the able leadership of Josephine Lesiamon supported by then SMT team are highly appreciated for the innovation, dedication and hard work."