KIWASH in partnership with county nutrition and health departments are working to promote consumption of nutritious dense and diverse foods as well as improve food security at the household level.
In November 2016, KIWASH supported the establishment of an agribusiness demonstration farm at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital to display various kitchen gardening technologies such as multi-storey gardens, keyhole gardens, moist and raised bed gardens, hanging gardens and recycled tire gardens. The farm is managed by Hope for Kisumu Youth Achievers Group, a support group for people living positively with HIV.
During a visit to the farm in March, the Chief Officer of Health Kisumu County Dr. Ojwang Lusi appreciated the importance of the demonstration farm where pregnant women and mothers attending the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinic at the health facility visit and learn simple gardening technologies to help them grow various nutritious foods at their homes.
“Through our partnership with USAID, we have made a lot of progress in improving water supply, hygiene and sanitation, and nutrition among poor urban and rural households in the county,” said Dr. Ojwang Lusi.
The chief officer distributed hygiene kits to 100 pregnant women and mothers who have been sensitized on household water treatment, handwashing, benefits of kitchen gardening and recommended diet diversification practices by KIWASH.