Maternal Health Findings

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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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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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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 »

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Celebrating Mothers

Today is Mother’s Day. In honor of this special day, this week Save the Children released their 14th annual State of the World’s Mother report, which rates the best and worst places to give birth. Kenya came in 156th out of the 176 countries. If you’re reading this, chances are you know what this report Read more »

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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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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 »