New Ksh 54 mn Children’s Unit in Kilifi to Improve Maternal Health

Through the new facility, the county aims to reduce infant mortality rates, encourage skilled newborn care and decrease neonatal complications.

Kilifi County Hospital, Nutritionist in Charge, Amina Seith(R) educates a new mother Eunice Keith(L) on how to properly breastfeed her son.

Kilifi County Hospital has commissioned a Ksh 54 million newborn unit which was built and equipped through a partnership between Safaricom Foundation and the County.

Through the unit, Kilifi aims to cut infant deaths, spur skilled newborn care and reduce neonatal complications.

Through the new facility, the county aims to reduce infant mortality rates, encourage skilled newborn care and decrease neonatal complications.
Joyce Kaingu, with her newborn son during the opening of the Kilifi County Hospital fully equipped New Born Unit that was funded by Safaricom Foundation and Kilifi County government at a cost of KES 54 million.

The renovated unit will cater for at least twenty newborns at any one time, an improvement from five newborns.

The donated equipment includes incubators, beds, baby cots, resuscitaires, furniture and syringe pumps among others.

The initiative is part of the Foundation’s Ksh 132 million maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) programme which includes over Ksh 30 million for the construction and equipping of maternal and newborn facilities in Lamu and Mombasa.