Ways to accelerate the improvement of infant health in Kenya are being debated in Mombasa today as Kenya’s Paediatric Nurses Annual Scientific Conference begins (30-31 August).
The conference sees the Kenya Paediatric Nurses Chapter, with the participation of Procter & Gamble, bring together one of the largest gatherings of Kenyan paediatric nurses and healthcare workers to deliberate on concrete ways of improving infant health in the country. Over 100 nurses practicing at paediatric departments in various hospitals will converge for the conference.
Dr. Christabel Wesonga-Omondi, Chair of the Kenya Paediatric Nurses Chapter, said this year’s conference will focus on steps that can be taken to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which aim to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health.
“The conference will discuss developments in paediatric care, including neo-natal care, in Kenya and what practices the paediatric nursing community can implement to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health in the country,” said Dr. Wesonga.
Commenting on the upcoming conference, Pampers brand manager Anthony Ng’ang’a said: “Pampers is participating in the conference and is pleased to be a part of it. Providing avenues for holistic baby care is at the apex of what we do. For this reason, we are happy to partner with paediatric nurses that are very instrumental in improving infant healthcare across Kenya.”
Pampers has reached out in partnership to medical professional organisations in Kenya for the provision of better baby care. The Paediatric Nurses Association, which represents paediatric nurses across the country, is one such partner. In collaboration with others, the association aims to promote excellence in paediatric nursing through high standards of nursing education and research.
Pampers, in conjunction with Kenya’s Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, runs the Pampers Mobile Clinics program, which targets mothers who have given birth at home and have babies less than 12-months-old. Under the program, a van travels to various locations in rural and semi-urban communities with a District Health Officer and two nurses. The team offer consultations and give free expert and on-the-spot medical advice, allowing mothers to address pressing worries such as feeding habits, breastfeeding, sleep patterns, vaccination and common ailments.