MOTHER AND BABY PACKS- SAMBURU
In Kenya, it is estimated that we lose at least 7,000 mothers each year due to pregnancy related complications despite 90 percent of these deaths being preventable.
In 2013, Kenya was ranked second in the region and 33 globally in a UNICEF report that showed countries where a child has the lowest chance of survival until the age of five. The report states that 73 children out of 1,000 live births die in Kenya before the age of five and Samburu is not an exception.
The Safaricom Foundation partnered with AMREF to make a contribution towards improving maternal and child health. The Foundation invested Kshs.10.9million which will be used to purchase 233 mother and baby packs on a monthly basis for a period of one year.
The pack includes a baby towel, baby wrap, spirit swabs for cord care, napkin, baby cloth, baby powder and baby oil, sponge and a pictorial guide on breastfeeding and best infant care practices.
The packs serve as an incentive for mothers to register for antenatal clinics and deliver in hospitals. This will also increase the number of births under skilled healthcare professionals in turn reducing maternal and child mortality in the beneficiary regions.