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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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Why Respectful Maternity Care Should Be the Right of All Women

Loise* first met midwife Kathy at a Jacaranda Health mobile antenatal outreach clinic in 2012. This was her second pregnancy, and she was surprised to find a maternity provider who would bring services into her area, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, rather than expecting her to go to them. Kathy saw patients in the Read more »

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A New Partnership: Jacaranda Health and GirlsGlobe

Jacaranda Health has joined forces with GirlsGlobe, a network of bloggers, advocates and organizations from around the world that shares information, raises awareness and advocates online and offline to: raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights and health of women and girls advocate for change at international and national levels in regards Read more »

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How A Japanese Philosophy Can Improve Maternal Health Care in Kenya

What do a local food bank in Seattle and a Japanese corporate philosophy have in common with Jacaranda Health’s maternity hospitals in Nairobi? Good question. When we saw today’s article in the Seattle Times, the city’s daily newspaper, “Japanese philosophy yields good changes at food bank.” , we knew we had to read it because that Japanese philosophy, Read more »

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Karibu! Welcome to Jacaranda Health’s Newest Health Providers

We’re thrilled to welcome two new members into the Jacaranda Health family. Dr. Evelyn Ndinda Muthoka and Albert Okong’o Onderi will join our team at our new maternity hospital in Kahawa West, in Nairobi, providing the high-quality, patient-centered care for which Jacaranda is known. As well, the addition of these two extraordinary care providers means Read more »

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4 Maternal Health Successes in 2014 (and Happy New Year!)

It’s difficult to choose just four highlights of 2014 for maternal health in Africa. When Jacaranda started in 2011, we had a mission: to build a new model for maternal and newborn health in East Africa and make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns. This model brings high-quality, patient-centered care at a low-cost, Read more »

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4 Ways Jacaranda Health is Improving Family Planning for New Mothers

Everyone said she could not become pregnant while breastfeeding. This is what Catherine*, a new mother, told a nurse midwife at Jacaranda’s Ruiru maternity hospital. When she became pregnant just 3 months after the birth of her first baby, she felt lied to. Family planning use in the first year after childbirth – known as Read more »

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A New Way to Pay: National Hospital Insurance Fund

On Tuesday, December 9, Jacaranda welcomed our first NHIF (National Hospital Insurance Fund) clients at our Ruiru clinic. National Hospital Insurance Fund members are enrolled by making prepayments to the fund and the fund will then take care of their hospital bill. According to the Center for Health Market Innovation (CHMI): The National Hospital Insurance Fund Read more »

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Catherine’s Story: Childbirth at Jacaranda Maternity

This post was written jointly by Faith Muigai, Jacaranda Health’s Director of Clinical Operations and John Karoki, Clinic Manager for Jacaranda Health’s Kahawa West maternity hospital Catherine is a housewife who lives in Kitengela, a suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Kajiado County, around 60-80 km from Jacaranda’s Kahawa West maternity hospital. Kahawa West Read more »

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What Does Giving Back Mean to You?

As we head closer to Thanksgiving, in the US, we thought we’d use the opportunity to thank all of our partners and supporters — from foundations to academic institutions to individual donors — who make it possible for Jacaranda Health to impact the health and lives of thousands of women and newborns in Kenya. We could Read more »