Peri-urban Maternal Care

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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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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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Jacaranda’s “5 Lessons” Featured on Impatient Optimists Blog

Jacaranda’s “5 Lessons on Integrating Family Planning and Maternal Health” was featured on the Gates Foundation Impatient Optimists blog! Check it out and see the content below: 5 Lessons on Integrating Family Planning and Maternal Health Jacaranda Health is working to change the way that maternity care is provided in Africa. We are developing a Read more »

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Task-Shifting: A Powerful Tool to Integrate Family Planning

Gone are the days when patients waited for hours to see the sole doctor at the medical clinic. Today, task-shifting has shown incredible promise as a strategy to strengthen human resources for health. In light of the global health worker shortage –  which is particularly acute in resource-constrained settings – task shifting can be a Read more »

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Bringing Men to the Table, and Other Insights

The blogosphere and the global health world has been buzzing with reports from the 50th annual international family planning conference, dubbed “Full Access, Full Choice,” which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this past week. Plenary speakers Melinda Gates and Dr Kesete-birhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, opened the event by commending the family planning community Read more »

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Jacaranda’s First Birthday

  You may have wondered what all the commotion was in the neighborhoods of Thika, Githurai, Ruiru and Kahawa West a couple weekends ago – it was Jacaranda! We celebrated our one-year anniversary by rocking the streets of Nairobi with music, dancing, giveaways, and health talks. Mobilizers, clinic staff, nurses, and even our Business Operations Director were out in purple Read more »

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Equipped with a Checklist: Bringing Postnatal Care to the Community

Joyce*, a healthy mother, glows as she admires her new baby. Her husband  collects her belongings as she prepares to leave Jacaranda Maternity, and she hugs the community health worker who provided her discharge education: “See you in a few days,” she says. Most health care providers in Kenya – or across the developing world Read more »