Last month, Jacaranda Health achieved recognition as one of the highest quality maternity providers in East Africa as it was awarded SafeCare Level 5 certification – one of only three facilities in Africa to achieve this distinction.
“We are transforming the way healthcare services are delivered at the community level, and are positively changing the stories of the communities we serve,” says Faith Muigai, Jacaranda Health’s Chief Medical Officer.
SafeCare offers internationally accredited quality standards tailor-made for clinics and hospitals in Africa. SafeCare creates a common language and certifies the level of quality as measured against international standards. Over 2,000 facilities throughout Africa have been assessed. Level 5 is the highest level of recognition and Jacaranda Health is the first facility in East Africa to receive this accreditation, and the third across Africa.
“I am glad to announce that this is the first facility in East Africa to reach level 5. This is a great achievement by all the staff; it is thanks to their dedication and effort that Jacaranda have achieved these international standards. Particularly, their commitment to finding and implementing local solutions to deliver quality health at Jacaranda has been inspiring. The provider is leading the way for all the hospitals in Kiambu County,” says Dr. Nicole Spieker, Director Quality of PharmAccess.
Jacaranda Health’s mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safer by transforming maternal healthcare in Kenya, and throughout East Africa. Our maternity hospital in Nairobi provides affordable, patient-centered, high-quality care. We also work to build partnerships among maternal health providers – including high volume public hospitals – to replicate the systems and best practices we develop, and set new standards of care in the region.
This certification is significant because it provides an external validation that Jacaranda is providing the highest quality maternity care in Kenya — and equally importantly it has demonstrated that it is possible to do so for less than $125 per delivery. This is about the same rate as the Kenyan public health insurance reimburses hospitals for providing delivery services, which means there is a potential to scale this model.