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Announcing Jacaranda Health’s 2016 Impact Report

I am delighted to announce the launch of Jacaranda Health’s second annual impact report. The last year has been a tremendous period of growth and achievement, as we have focused on evaluating our existing projects and scaling what truly works best to improve health outcomes for newborns and mothers in East Africa. In our journey over Read more »


Announcing Jacaranda’s First-Ever Annual Impact Report

2015 was a decisive year for Jacaranda. After quietly but aggressively focusing on our operations and impact the last year, we are thrilled to share our results in our first annual impact report. As you know, Jacaranda Health is not simply about providing a safe and respectful place for mothers to give birth. Our vision Read more »


Women in East Africa’s Cities Need a New Model of Maternity Care

This article originally appeared on the Skoll World Forum web site as part of their series “Advancing Health in an Increasingly Urban World.” In Kenya maternal mortality remains distressingly high. It is also a country, like many other developing countries, which has experienced rapid urbanization. In Nairobi, more than two million people live in sprawling, Read more »

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From Hospital to Home: How a Checklist Can Help Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns

This post originally appeared on the blog of Grand Challenges Canada by Nick Pearson and Allison Ettenger   “Since you came home from Jacaranda Maternity, have you had fever or chills?” asks Sharon, a Jacaranda Community Health Worker (CHW). Ruth (*) came to Jacaranda Health three days ago to deliver her healthy baby girl. When it Read more »

Owinga in the postnatal ward

First Baby Delivered!

On its first official day of being open for deliveries our maternity clinic delivered its first baby!  A beautiful baby girl was born on Sunday afternoon to a woman who started ANC with us in our Mwiki mobile clinic.  Two of our nurses, our clinical director, and several clinical and support staff were present and Read more »


Pre-opening Community Event at Our Maternity Clinic

Thursday, August 16 was an important day for Jacaranda Health – it was also a lot of fun. To celebrate the opening of our maternity clinic for deliveries on Sunday, August 19, we held an open house at the clinic for existing clients, new clients, community members, our staff and many, many energetic children. In Read more »


Jacaranda’s team and our new maternity hospital!

Here is a picture of the Jacaranda Health team in front of our first maternity hospital! We are all thrilled to begin serving patients tomorrow in Ruiru, on the outskirts of Nairobi. Jacaranda provides high-quality maternity care to women in Kenya and our mission is to make maternal and infant mortality a problem of the Read more »


Jacaranda receives Health Market Innovations Award in Kampala

Last week, Jacaranda Health won an important recognition in the first East African Health Market Innovations Awards. Jacaranda was identified among several hundred programs as the Most Promising Health Market Innovation in the category of “Organizing Delivery”, which recognizes “programs that reduce fragmentation and informality of health care delivery”. The awards event was funded by Read more »


Patient-centered design: Maternity care designed by women, for women

Imagine waiting for six hours for antenatal visit, only to be seen by a nurse who doesn’t have time to answer questions about your pregnancy, or doesn’t bother to treat you with respect. A recent Kenyan government survey indicated that bad patient experience is one of the major reasons that women in Kenya avoid giving Read more »


A baseline for better maternal health

To improve the standard of maternal healthcare, we need to be able to measure the changes we aim to create. Jacaranda believes that measuring impact is critical to success. To integrate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) into their model, they have partnered with researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health to form an evaluation team. Read more »