About the project

The Challenge

Within Kilifi county and the environs, there have been no adequate facilities that cater for specialized treatment for newborns, specifically, Kilifi County Hospital where a room had been improvised to serve as a Newborn unit. The hospital was operating with six incubators to cater for all newborn emergency cases brought forth either from Kilifi County hospital or other hospitals in the county and beyond. This resulted to congestion and lack of specialized treatment due to inadequate space and lack of equipment respectively. Health outcomes of the newborns were severely comprised due to the lack of an equipped Newborn unit.

The Intervention

Safaricom Foundation and the County Government of Kilifi handed over a New Born Unit to Kilifi County Hospital. The total investment of the project was KES 54,937,964.62 where the Foundation contributed KES 15,000,000 and Kilifi County Government committed KES 39,937,964.62. The donated equipment included incubators, beds, baby cots, resuscitaires, furniture and syringe pumps among others.

The Impact

The newborn unit is expected to reduce infant mortality rates, encourage skilled newborn care and decrease neo-natal complications in Kilifi County and the environs. The hospital will also be able to cater for at least twenty neonates at a go which is an improvement from the five newborns as was earlier the case.




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