In Kibera, Africa's largest slum, women face terrible obstacles to success: many trade sex for food, encounter abuse, and nearly all are denied access to education. These conditions hurt the entire community, as research has shown that women are more likely to invest in family, health and education. Shining Hope for Communities provides essential services through women to interrupt generational cycles of poverty and to improve the health of the entire community.
The JJJ Clinic focuses on women's health care, and reducing the number one cause of death for women in Kibera: childbirth. By providing high-quality antenatal care, a well-child clinic, creating a home-based maternal health network, and ensuring hospital deliveries for program participants, the JJJ Clinic secures a bright future for mothers and their children. In addition to its women's health program, the clinic provide primary care accessible to all.
In August, 2009 a nurse examined each student entering our school and found that 94% were malnourished. Through the feeding program at the school and clinic, we will reduce student malnutrition by 100% by the end of the first year. Rates of maternal and infant mortality will decrease by 98% among participants in the Maternal Health Program. We predict a 25% reduction of child/teen pregnancy among clinic participants after 3 years.