BARINGO COUNTY PARTNERS WITH SAFARICOM FOUNDATION FOR IMPROVED ACCESS TO MATERNAL HEALTH

Baringo County Governor, Stanley Kiptis (left) and Safaricom Foundation trustee, Rita Okuthe (centre), hand over a Mama Pack to Alfin Kibet (right) a new mother at the newly equipped maternity at Baringo County Referral Hospital. [PHOTO – COURTESY]
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Baringo county hospital has a new maternal high dependency unit and a newborn unit built by Safaricom Foundation at a combined cost of Kshs.11 million. The initiative is part of the foundation’s programme to increase access to quality maternal and child health services. The investment will see the hospital increase its bed capacity at the maternal high dependency unit from the current eight beds to thirty six. It has also been equipped with patient monitors and a heating system.

“I would like to thank our partners, the county government of Baringo, for their support in this maternal health programme. We commit to work together to deliver the objectives that we have set out to achieve to improve the lives of mothers and children in this county”, said Rita Okuthe, Safaricom Foundation trustee.

Safaricom Foundation’s Eunice Kibathi (right) hands over a Mama Pack to Miriam Cheptoo during the handover of a HDU AND NBU in Baringo County Referral Hospital. [PHOTO – COURTESY]

Last year, the Safaricom Foundation also supported the county’s Barwessa health centre and Chemolingot sub-county hospitals by upgrading their newborn and maternity units respectively at a cost of Kshs.  21 million. In January last year, Safaricom Foundation launched a Kshs.  82 million maternal, newborn and child health programme in Baringo county with an aim of averting the high mother and child deaths that occur in the county. Safaricom Foundation’s maternal health programme was launched in 2019 and so far, counties in the Coast and Rift Valley regions have benefited from it. Under the programme, the foundation set aside Kshs.  132 million to promote maternal, newborn and child health services around the country.

The Kenya Demographic Health Survey shows that the county loses 375 mothers for every 100,000 births and 31 infants for every 1,000 born.

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