Dorcas Agrippina* is a 16 old girl from Madharau sub-location, Umoja village, one of the urban slums in Thika. She droppped out of school due to hardship at home. When she got pregnant, she joined our teen mothers program where we assist mothers in child care. We conduct individual beneficiary follow-ups with pregnant women, mothers and families to ensure that they are attending health and are receiving services. The services include training to improve the quality of mother and child health services, as well as overcoming cultural barriers that prevent women from receiving essential pre- and postnatal care.

Approaching the end of her pregnancy, Agrippina* thought she had more time remaining, but labour came quickly. Without hesitation, she called one of our staff at the mother to child facility in Kiandutu. A taxi was hired to rush her to Mary Help of the sick hospital, a private hospital as the government hospitals are on strike where she to delivered her baby safely.

Agrippina* knows that she and her parent would not have been able to afford this transportation and maternity fee themselves to a private hospital due to the prevailing doctor’s strike. “We survive on less than 150 shillings a day and we had no money to go to a private Hospital. I could have lost my baby if I relied on the government hospitals, or even my life. When I arrived at the Mary help hospital they welcomed me! I was treated with love, and I received the necessary care and treatment.”Agrippina narrated. “Community involvement is key. I was helped by Macheo through the mother to child program,” she observed. “delivering at home is very dangerous. Thank you to Macheo for the good work they are doing.”

Thankfully to our Partners, we have the ability to overcome challenging circumstances and create more hopeful futures for women and children. By assisting mothers in child care, our health intervention is helping women and children survive childbirth more often, lead healthier and stronger lives and make informed decisions that will improve their health, well-being and quality of life.

*Name changed for protection.