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Situation


Only 38% of women in rural  areas in Kenya give birth in medical facilities. Yet, 90% bring their newborns in for routine vaccinations. Cultural barriers, family tradition, shame, myths, misconceptions and transport costs drive mothers to deliver at home without medical assistance, leading to 7,000 maternal and 35,000 infant needless deaths each year.

Mission


To eradicate maternal and infant mortality rates through our Do Right postnatal bags, which motivate mothers to deliver in hospital, and use its essential products and health information to keep themselves and their newborns safe and healthy. Over 110 mums in Lewa, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Lamu have received our bags and are already sending mums, who would otherwise choose to deliver at home, to hospital.

Situation


Only 38% of women in rural  areas in Kenya give birth in medical facilities. Yet, 90% bring their newborns in for routine vaccinations. Cultural barriers, family tradition, shame, myths, misconceptions and transport costs drive mothers to deliver at home without medical assistance, leading to 7,000 maternal and 35,000 infant needless deaths each year.

Mission


To eradicate maternal and infant mortality rates through our Do Right postnatal bags, which motivate mothers to deliver in hospital, and use its essential products and health information to keep themselves and their newborns safe and healthy. Over 110 mums in Lewa, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Lamu have received our bags and are already sending mums, who would otherwise choose to deliver at home, to hospital.

Testimonials

I am 16-years-old. I dropped out of primary school in class 7, because of my pregnancy. I live without running water or permanent structure. My mother washes clothes to support us. I’m not sure how I would have coped without the clinic and the Do Right package. I will tell all, especially teenagers, that they must deliver at the clinic.

Teenager, Lamu.

We share this village pit kitchen

The Do Right mother's package complete with nappies, soap, and education pamphlet and much more, is a noble low cost and sustainable idea that can play a significant role in reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, which remain highest in our counties of Northern Kenya. The packages have made a tremendous impact at Lewa's clinic. 

John Kinoti, Community development program manager, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Maria Nakodi

The maternity kits are very popular with the mothers and the broader community. They do something to encourage even women who do not come to the clinic for births, because of fear of being caught for illegal circumcision, to come. It seems that all the items in the package are helpful and used. There is special mention of the excellent quality of the blankets.

Nurse May Makau, Shella Dispensary Lamu County.

Nurse Makau follows up with mother after delivery