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M-PESA Foundation Launches Uzazi Salama, to Support Maternal Health Services

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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M-PESA Foundation, in collaboration with Amref Health Africa and the County Government of Kilifi, has launched the Uzazi Salama program.

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The program supports Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent health outcomes (RMNCAH) for mothers and children in the County.

M-PESA Foundation Launches In Kilifi

The program was launched at Junju Dispensary in Kilifi South Constituency. The M-Pesa Foundation will invest Kshs 10 million towards constructing and equipping a maternity unit in that location.

Health is one of the key pillars at M-PESA Foundation. The foundation’s key pillars, which have a major focus on maternal and child healthcare, are executed through Uzazi Salama.

Moreover, the program has impacted over 350,000 people in Samburu and Homa Bay counties. It will also impact Kilifi more. 

Patricia Ithau, Trustee of the Foundation, said: “We seek to ensure that mothers and children receive quality healthcare. Starting from prenatal care through the delivery room and into postnatal care.”

The Aim Of M-PESA Foundation 

The three-year program aims to increase the demand for quality reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services. Consequently, by 2027, the program would have strengthened health, governance, and leadership in the county.

Anne Gitimu, Family and Reproductive Health Director at Amref Health Africa in Kenya, praised the Kilifi County government. She praised the constituency for supporting Maternal and newborn health initiatives. Also, she conveyed her hope that the county achieves zero maternal and neonatal deaths by leveraging partnerships. This is besides the innovation, technology, and data-driven approaches the county has already embarked on. 

Conclusion 

In Kwale County, the M-PESA Foundation made a huge investment of Kshs 32 million in the maternal newborn and child health complex at Msambweni County Referral Hospital. In addition, the newborn unit will improve delivery with a range of services that will reduce infant mortality rates.

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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