Help mothers give birth safely



This project supports the operation of three Maternity Waiting Homes (MWHs) in Pokot County, Kenya and helps save the lives of the pregnant women and newborns who stay there. MWHs are dormitories situated adjacent to health centers where pregnant women can stay for free prior to the onset of labor and after delivery before walking home. These homes decrease risks for mothers and babies and save their lives by allowing for rapid treatment of complications.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Giving birth at home greatly increases the risk of death for mother and newborn in the event of complications during delivery. Health centers are equipped to deal with these dangerous complications, thus making delivery at the health center a much safer option than at home. Yet many women in rural Kenya are unable to get to the health center in time to deliver their babies. Only 28% of Pokot mothers deliver their babies in health centers; they are too far and too expensive.

How will this project solve this problem?

Maternity Waiting Homes are a free service for mothers that encourages them to deliver their babies at the health center instead of at home. While she is in the MWH, health center staff monitors her closely and prepares her for birth. The mother can stay in the home again after delivery to recover before the long walk home. HealthRight has constructed three MWHs in Pokot County. This project provides funding/maintenance and supplies for the MWHs as well as health education for the women.

Potential Long Term Impact

The overall goal of HealthRight's work is to increase the number of women delivering in health centers in Pokot County. This increase will result in fewer maternal and newborn deaths in the County as a whole. Support for the MWHs will help make the homes more comfortable and sustainable and keep mothers and babies alive.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,305

Funding Information

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 $2,305 .  The original project funding goal was $6,500.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Cindy Hung

New York, New York United States

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