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From Passion to Leader: Public Facility Nurse Champion Leah Marija

Anywhere in the world, nursing is a challenging profession. But in some resource-constrained settings, such as the sprawling peri-urban estate of Githurai just south of Jacaranda’s Kahawa West facility, the challenges are even greater. “Here, sometimes we don’t have enough gloves or we’ll run out of syntocinon (a drug used to help stop bleeding after Read more »

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Using mobile tech to influence behavior and improve maternal health

This article was written by Janet Aika Matemu and Lindsay Sanders and was originally published on Devex’s website. In the past few years, Kenyans have become more connected than ever before. Between 2000 and 2010, mobile phone penetration increased by 200 percent. Now, over 88 percent of Kenyans report owning a cellphone. This technological shift is Read more »

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Giving Thanks On #GivingTuesday

As we enter the giving season, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of our generous partners and donors who are helping us transform the maternal health landscape in Kenya. Through the support of foundations, academic institutions, and individual donors, we’ve been able to provide a safe and healthy childbirth experience for more Read more »

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What Would You Do? Emergency Simulation Drills Led by Nurse Champions

Leena is a 20-year-old pregnant woman. When she arrived at Tigoni Health Center two hours ago she explained that she thinks she is “almost nine months pregnant” and she has presented to Tigoni to deliver her baby. Before long, she’s lying on the delivery table with the urge to push. Her HIV status is unknown. Read more »

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Implementing a Clinical Quality Dashboard in Low-Resource Maternal and Child Health Hospital

In this article, we discuss the importance of measurement and evaluation in a healthcare setting, our process creating a clinical quality dashboard in a low-resource maternity hospital, and lessons learned during the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the dashboard. “Using Data to Drive Practice” This is our mantra at Jacaranda Health. And with the results Read more »

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Jacaranda’s Ambulance Driver

At Jacaranda, we believe that employees are the lifeblood of our organization. This year we expanded our team to 90, building out our frontline staff capacity and bringing on industry experts to elevate our maternal health innovations. It takes tremendous cross-departmental collaboration for us to operate our health facilities efficiently and effectively, and every single Read more »

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Wilson Center Event: After Copenhagen, What Next for Women and Girls?

This post originally appeared on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) blog. We are excited to announce the upcoming policy dialogue, After Copenhagen, What Next for Women and Girls? The event will take place in Washington, D.C. at The Wilson Center (and online!) on Monday, July 18, 2016. This dialogue is part of the Maternal Health Read more »

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Can a community health worker administered postnatal checklist increase health-seeking behaviors and knowledge?

Last month, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Jacaranda Health published a study evaluating the effects of low-cost postnatal care delivered by community health workers. This randomized trial evaluates a pilot program in which community health workers (CHWs) visit or call new mothers three days after delivery in peri-urban Kiambu County, Kenya. Since Read more »

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Announcing Jacaranda’s #MamasMoments Mother’s Day Photo Contest

In honor of Mother’s Day, and celebrating safe motherhood everywhere, we are excited to invite you to participate in our #MamasMoments photo contest. Join us on social media to celebrate and support mothers across the globe and you could win 10,000 KES or $100 USD. A group of generous individual and corporate sponsors, including Java House Kenya, will make a small donation Read more »

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating Jacaranda’s Female Leadership

For over 100 years, International Women’s Day (March 8th) has celebrated the economic, political, social, and cultural achievements of women across the globe. Every year, people worldwide gather online and in public spaces to advocate for women’s rights. If you’re familiar with our work at Jacaranda, you know that empowering women is a priority of Read more »