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.
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.
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.