Stories

Githurai-Langata Health Centre

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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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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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 »

Faith Muigai, Chief Medical Officer at Jacaranda Health

Meet Jacaranda’s Chief Medical Officer

There are few people in this world who dedicate their lives to serving others. Most of us bounce around from job to job, exploring new industries, discovering which professions we like and dislike. But not our Chief Medical Officer, Faith Muigai. She knew from a young age that she was committed to one cause: empowering women and families Read more »

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Creating a “One Stop Shop” for Postpartum Contraception

This post originally appeared as part of Women Deliver’s Celebrate Solutions series. As part of an exciting family planning grant from the Packard Foundation, Jacaranda Health and maternal health advocacy organization, Women Deliver, are partnering to advocate for expanded family planning in Kenya. In June’s ‘Celebrate Solutions’ columns, Women Deliver is highlighting Jacaranda Health’s efforts to change 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 it Cost to Save a Life?

Written by John Emami*, former IPIHD Fellow at Jacaranda Health This is reposted from the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery’s (IPIHD) blog. Every day 800 women die from preventable childbirth-related illnesses. Most of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa where four out of five unattended births take place. It was stats like this that got Read more »

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Exclusive Interview: Who Are Our MSD* Fellows?

Headlines don’t lie. This is an exclusive interview. Jill Croucher and Leigh Anne Good are employees of Merck & Co., Inc.* [known as Merck in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else]. MSD is a pharmaceutical company which develops new medical treatments including vaccines and contraceptives; and thanks to particular programs within the company, with Read more »

Kathy Kiboi, one of Jacaranda's wonderful nurses

Introducing the Jacaranda Team: Meet Kathy

Meet another member of the Jacaranda team, and one of our first employees: KATHY. THE COMMUNITY INNOVATOR. With her kind demeanor and proactive intuition, Kathy was born to be a nurse. Kathy is committed to reaching those who need care the most. “I am at Jacaranda because I want to make a difference, for this Read more »

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The Jacaranda Team: Meet Maria

This month, we continue the Jacaranda staff blog series. Meet one of our esteemed Patient Care Assistants: MARIA. THE SUPPORTER. Maria joined Jacaranda as a Patient Care Assistant when the first maternity hospital opened in 2012. She was new to maternal health  when she arrived, but her two sons had inspired her to enter the Read more »