Solar power to support safer birthing practices

Safe birthing kits will be delivered to pregnant women in remote communities of Kenya, along with solar lamps which will help during night births and in caring for babies post-delivery. Image: John Simiyu Nasongo

Mothers’ Union is working together with nomadic pastoralist communities in Laikipia and Samburu districts of Kenya to strengthen the birth plans of pregnant women. In consultation with the Ministry of Health, plans are now being considered to distribute safe birthing kits which will give mothers and babies a better chance at safe delivery in remote regions.

The first 200 kits will be distributed to pregnant women in their first trimester, along with instructions for use and the recommendation that it is best to give birth in a clinic or hospital where a skilled birth attendant is on duty. Distribution of the birthing kits will be supported by trained community health workers, whose role will include educating women about safe birthing practices and connecting them to health services in their region.

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