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M-Pesa Foundation boosts maternal health in Samburu County through Uzazi Salama

M-Pesa Foundation through its Uzazi Salama project has constructed and equipped a new born unit at Maralal Referral Hospital in Samburu County. This is a major boost to maternal health services in the county. Samburu County is among the many other northern Kenya counties that still experience a huge challenge in maternal health with very few and scattered maternal health facilities.

The Uzazi Salama project is partnership between M-PESA Foundation, Pharm Access, AMREF and the County Government of Samburu.

The new born unit constructed at a cost of Ksh 19 million will provide neo-natal services for up to 20 infants. The unit has been equipped with incubators, oxygen machines, baby scales, surgical equipment, blood pressure monitors, phototherapy machines among other assorted items. The facility also has beds for new mothers.

M-PESA Foundation Executive Director, Les Baillie said, “We would like to reduce the number of maternal and infant deaths in the County of Samburu.  Today, we have taken infants into consideration and we hope that their health and futures will be secure. We encourage more public-private partnerships as demonstrated here in combating health challenges around the country.”

Samburu’s Marti Health Centre also received a newly equipped ambulance worth Ksh 10 million. Expectant women living between Baragoi and Maralal towns will be able to reach health centres in time using the ambulance while also receiving health services on transit.

The Uzazi Salama programme entails; improving health service delivery infrastructure; capacity building of health workers; enhancing community-based information and education; and health care financing.

The programme has achieved a 75% Increase in utilization of maternity services with over 3,000 Community Health Volunteers trained not only in Samburu but in 12 other counties under the Health Programme.

In addition, the referral support system of Samburu County has been strengthened through equipping the County health management team with an ambulance command center. There has also been a significant decrease in maternal and newborn health morbidity and mortality rates in the whole of the Samburu County.

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