Help build a maternity center for women in rural Kenya, where the death of women and newborn babies is tragically common due to a lack of professional care. This project will construct a facility to provide 24 hour safe motherhood and newborn care for women who live in extreme poverty in rural villages. Once construction is complete, the Kenya government will provide professional staff, which will ensure sustainability.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Many women in rural Kenya die in childbirth, and many of their newborn infants die during or soon after birth, from lack of professional health care. Most women in eastern Kenya deliver their baby at home without skilled assistance. Transportation is not available in this region of extreme poverty, so when complications occur, such as hemorrhage or infection, they have no access to medical care. A birthing facility with trained Kenyan nurses is needed for the 30,000 villagers of the region.
How will this project solve this problem?
A local maternity center can provide the skilled care for mothers and their newborn infants that will prevent needless deaths and illness. Global Health Partnerships has a successful track record in the area, having constructed and supported a clinic that is operated by Kenyan staff. The addition of a maternity center to the existing clinic will provide critical childbirth care. The Kenyan staff have already received training in the necessary midwifery skills, and are awaiting the facility.
Potential Long Term Impact
Once the maternity center is constructed, the Kenya government will provide the trained staff, insuring ongoing maternal and newborn care and sustainability of the project. Local traditional birth attendants as well as Kenyan nursing staff, all of whom live in the villages that will be served, are available to provide the health care. The project will serve a large area of southeastern rural Kenya with a population of about 30,000 people of the Kamba tribe.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,119
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,119 . The original project funding goal was $35,000.