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About the project

The Challenge

According to WHO, maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities and that includes the expectant mothers in this location.
The sixth SDG targets to support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management. It is therefore important to ensure that both mothers and children survive, they should also be provided for with a clean environment.
For a hospital that serves up to 26 mothers, 400 maternal health patients as well as 1,400 outpatients a month, there was need to give this hospital a face lift in order to promote clean and safe environments for all the residents to come for treatment.

The Intervention

Safaricom Foundation invested approximately Kshs 1.7 million towards the refurbishment of the old and new maternity wings here at West Maternity. This includes new floors and roofs as well as painting of the interior and exterior walls.
A pavement that connects the old to the new maternity wing was also constructed to shield the expectant mothers from scotching sun and rain. A 10,000 liters water tank was also purchased to ensure free flow of water as well as high standards of sanitation.
This is in agreement with the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

The Impact

The refurbishment will encourage high standards of hygiene. The new maternity wing will provide an appealing and safe environment for the mothers and their children.
Part of the construction work was turning the old maternity wing to a laboratory, making the lab process faster due to space.
The Safaricom Foundation is committed to ensure that mothers and infants survive and stay healthy during childbirth and early childhood.

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