In Kenya there is a trend across all income levels toward facility-based deliveries. But many public or private facilities are low quality — with shared beds, a lack of lifesaving drugs, and medical staff that lack necessary skills or are less than respectful. Quality of care remains a big barrier to improving safe outcomes for mothers and babies. The government’s mandate for free maternity care is a great step for patients, but public maternity wards are busier than ever.
That’s why Jacaranda Health has worked hard to develop a new model for maternity care in East Africa; one that will provide the best quality, friendly care and make a measurable impact on saving women’s and newborns’ lives.
Jacaranda Health is creating East Africa’s first maternal health service delivery organization providing world-class quality at rates affordable for all women. Our model provides comprehensive maternity care at a fifth of the cost of other private hospitals. We provide respectful patient centered obstetric care, safe delivery, family planning, and postnatal care. Since opening our first maternity center in 2012, we have provided high-quality maternal health care to over 30,000 women and delivered more than 3,000 babies at our maternity hospital.
Our vision is big. From our roots in Kahawa West, we aim to become the biggest chain of maternity hospitals in Kenya. But also an innovation laboratory, adapting and integrating the best clinical protocols, technologies, health information systems, and business approaches that help improve quality of maternity care for all Kenyan mothers. Our innovations have resulted in 60% fewer maternal complications than nearby public hospitals in Kenya, 90% exclusive breastfeeding rates, and postpartum family planning rates that are 4x higher than the national average. We are constantly learning and innovating, and as we grow we are building networks to share lessons and tools with public sector hospitals and others in the health community.