International Medical Corps is currently working in seven counties to improve maternal and child health through nutrition interventions. This involves supporting the Ministry of Health as well as working with local organizations and other sectors such as Agriculture, Education and National Drought Management Authority to build capacity, strengthen health systems, build community resilience and advocate for resources for progressive nutrition investment.
As part of a consortium with the Kenya Red Cross and the local organization Community Action for Rural Development, International Medical Corps is reducing child stunting through better access to nutrition services. The program also advocates for stronger political commitment to reducing malnutrition and child stunting at the county level and strengthens existing health systems to better understand how nutrition service delivery is working in health facilities.
International Medical Corps has been supporting the government of Kenya Ministry of Health to enhance on food fortification program in Kenya. The program was implemented across the 47 counties in Kenya and focused on improving micronutrient levels in foods, specifically salt iodization.
In Kitui County, where stunting levels are estimated to be 46 percent, International Medical Corps is working with two partners to implement a two-year research study, funded by UNICEF’s EU-SHARE, to establish whether increasing cash and giving nutrition counselling improves the nutritional outcomes.