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Where Respectful Maternity Care Begins

As featured on Maternal Health Task Force blog on April 8, 2013. At Jacaranda Health, we are working to build a model of maternity care that is more respectful and mother-centered. In a health system where respect is not the norm, its contribution to quality of care cannot be understated. Respectful care for us has two Read more »

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Nairobi mothers talk about the challenges of accessing maternity care

We asked mothers in the slums of Nairobi about the challenges of accessing maternity care. Here, in their own words, are their answers.

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Jacaranda Health and partner Population Council featured on BBC

We were excited to see Jacaranda’s maternity in Ruiru on the BBC. In a story entitled “Can a phone replace the doctor in Kenya?”, BBC Click featured Baby Monitor, a project run by Population Council and carried out in partnership with Jacaranda’s nurses and maternity. Baby Monitor is a mHealth innovation seeking to connect pregnant women Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Medical records and mobile phones for maternal health

As an organization dedicated to providing great care while being financially sustainable, Jacaranda Health is a strong proponent of automated health management information systems and electronic medical records (EMR), so called ‘eHealth’ systems. A good eHealth system will help us keep rigorous track of our time management, our inventory management, our money management – and, Read more »

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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 »