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Announcing Jacaranda’s #MamasMoments Mother’s Day Photo Contest

In honor of Mother’s Day, and celebrating safe motherhood everywhere, we are excited to invite you to participate in our #MamasMoments photo contest. Join us on social media to celebrate and support mothers across the globe and you could win 10,000 KES or $100 USD. A group of generous individual and corporate sponsors, including Java House Kenya, will make a small donation 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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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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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 »

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Moving the Needle on Maternal Health: A Twitter Chat

Did you join us for the Twitter chat yesterday, Wednesday, November 19th? We were honored to participate along with USAID, Merck for Mothers, and Pyxera Global to discuss how pro-bono partnerships can help “move the needle” on maternal health in developing countries. If you missed it, we’ll soon be posting a wrap-up so you can Read more »

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#EndDisrespect as a Maternal Health Innovation

The Maternal Health Task Force blog features an excellent piece today about the importance of addressing how health care providers treat women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care visits:  Women’s health is affected by how they are treated during pregnancy, childbirth and after. South African women, for example, have described verbal abuse, including being ridiculed while pleading for 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 »