Mother and baby health

When a child is born in Ireland we celebrate their birth and look forward to their milestones. In Kericho County, Kenya 1 in 26 babies will be stillborn or die within seven days of their birth and 1 in 20 children will never reach their fifth birthday, here in Ireland that comparative figure is 1 in 303. 

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Without access to regular check-ups during pregnancy the life of both the mother and baby are at risk. COVID-19 has reversed progress made in supporting mothers and babies in poor and marginalised communities in Kericho County. Inaccessible health services, fear of COVID-19 and lack of soap and water has increased unsupervised home births which risk the lives of mother and baby. 

Women are afraid to attend health facilities where staff are without PPE. Children under five are at risk of dying from pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria and are without access to vaccinations. Even in their homes, access to such basic facilities such as soap and running water, in order to wash their hands in the fight against COVID-19, is scarce.

This project supports women to give birth safely and obtain access to essential services, ensuring their baby will survive and thrive to celebrate their fifth birthday. This project will train Community Health Volunteers to encourage women to go for check-ups needed during pregnancy and to deliver in a healthy, clean facility rather than at home.

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PPE is vital to protect staff in health facilities and hospitals in order to look after mothers and babies safely during the pandemic and protect from COVID-19 transmission. Supplies are needed to make it safe for women to attend all health facilities.

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In outreach clinics, children will be vaccinated against preventable diseases and protected from malnutrition. In health centres and in the homestead, soap and water facilities for handwashing will be provided. Mother and baby kits will be supplied containing an ante-natal care tracker book, nutrition information, sanitary kit, soap, baby blanket and hat.

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Regular funding is crucial to Brighter Communities Worldwide. It offers stability and allows planning; it enables our organisation to help more people and deal with the needs of the brighter worldwide communities. Any regular donation over four months is 100% matched by GlobalGiving, doubling your donation value. It’s the perfect time to set up your regular donation as GlobalGiving will give a 100% match to your first monthly donation. Here’s how it works – 

  • You set up your donation on GlobalGiving 
  • After four monthly donations, GlobalGiving will match your first donation by 100% – example: if you set up a €25 monthly donation then after four months GlobalGiving will give our project an additional €25.
  • As well as that your donation could go even further if your annual total is €250 or more – then we can claim a 45% tax rebate under the Revenue Commissioner’s Charitable Donation Scheme. 

We urge you to join us, support livelihoods, health and well-being and create better futures for those most in need of support across Kericho County – especially the children.