Merlin Consultancy for Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Survey on Reproductive Health in Turkana districts

Consultancy for Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Survey on Reproductive Health in Turkana districts

Purpose: To conduct a KAP survey on reproductive health


Location: Turkana County of Kenya

Duration: 21 days

Start Date: Upon signing of a contract

Reporting to: Merlin Kenya Country Director

Background
 
Due to the marginalization of Turkana districts, health infrastructure is extremely underdeveloped. 
This, combined with other aspects of under development including low literacy rates and low knowledge of health issues among pastoral communities in Turkana districts have conspired to create the current state of affairs where access to health services in general and reproductive health services in particular is one of the lowest in Kenya.  
Cultural beliefs and practices also play a major role in negatively impacting in the uptake of reproductive health services in Turkana County. 
The overall result of this lack of access has resulted in Turkana County having some of the lowest indicators for maternal and child health in the country.

Data from a previous EC funded safe motherhood project that ended in March 2013 indicates that coverage for most reproductive health services are still very low when compared with the national average. 
The government of Kenya is committed to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by lack of adequate and quality reproductive health services and has come up with a reproductive health strategy that identifies factors affecting demand for and utilization of reproductive health care as the following:
  • Social and cultural beliefs and practices
  • Lack of women’s empowerment
  • Lack of male involvement
  • Poverty
  • Weak health management systems
In March 2013 Merlin has received funds from the European Commission to implement a two year MNCH, nutrition and family planning project that is being implemented in Loima, Turkana Central, Turkana South, and Turkana North districts of Turkana County in partnership with district health authorities and other CSOs. 

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved  maternal and child health status through strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations and Ministry of Health to provide integrated health services to marginalized communities of Turkana County whilst facilitating interaction and collaboration with local health authorities with the aim of attaining MDG4 and MDG 5 targets.

The specific objective is to support civil society organisations (CSOs) and local health authorities (district health management teams – DHMTs) in increasing access to and enhancing coverage of quality maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH), nutrition and family planning services in four districts of Turkana County of Kenya.

Expected results of the project include:
 
(1) Improved access to maternal, neonatal and child health care services
 
(2) Enhanced nutritional status of mothers, newborns and under five children
 
(3) Improved uptake of modern family planning methods
 
(4) Improved capacity of Turkana district health-care delivery system

The survey will assess women’s knowledge, attitude, practice and beliefs on issues related to reproductive health.
The data from the survey will serve as a baseline to compare changes in behaviour and practice that will result at the end of project period.  
Findings from the assessment will also be used to develop the preferred and the most effective communication strategies for behaviour change to be utilized by Merlin project team in Turkana districts and will also assist in the formulation of strategies for scaling-up of reproductive health services to other areas of Turkana County.

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To apply for this Consultancy
  
Interested consultants are invited to submit their proposals including a detailed budget to:
All applications should be sent to:

HR Department,
Merlin, Nairobi Office,
P.O Box 3350 – 00200, 
Nairobi, Kenya

OR

Email to:
recruitment@merlin-kenya.org

Application deadline is 5:00pm on Monday 24th June 2013. 
Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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