Every year Kenya loses approximately 39,000 (Thirty-Nine Thousand), newborn babies, due to preventable diseases. 17 Kenyan women die daily during Childbirth. This significant loss of life prompted the Africa Star Railway Operation Company to support an initiative under its Health Pillar known as Toto Care Box. It offers a maternity package as a free incentive to every mother who goes for four ‘Antenatal Care’ visits at healthcare facilities in undeserved or poor areas.
Afristar sponsored 100 maternity packages that will save the lives of 100 vulnerable newborn babies and their mothers. The 100 packages shall be given to women who give birth at Lengo Medical Clinic in Mukuru slum, Nairobi.
Lengo Medical Clinic is situated in Land Mawe Ward, South B. The clinic serves residents of Mukuru slums in Embakasi, Starehe, and Makadara sub-counties. Previously, women from these regions either gave birth at home in unsanitary conditions or healthcare facilities available to them were far away. They had to travel to Kenyatta National Hospital and Pumwani Maternity Hospital for deliveries of their newborn babies.
The maternal package is designed to ensure that each mother has the 18 essential items that ensure the survival of the newborn child. Totocare box also provides postnatal care to each mother who receives the Afristar sponsored maternal packages after the birth of their child.
Afristar Company is committed to supporting these initiatives such as the Totocare box to help and support the needy pregnant women and newborn babies to start a dignified life.
HQue Media, a video production company in Nairobi, Kenya worked with Afristar to document, film and create a video story that would help communicate the project. Contact the company on [email protected] for similar video projects.