Thousands of residents of Lamu are set to benefit from improved maternal services following Safaricom Foundation’s investment of over Kes4 million in a health facility in the county.
At Mpeketoni Sub County Hospital, the Foundation handed over newly constructed maternity unit for Kes4.15 million, a move that is set to ease congestion and bring maternal healthcare services closer to the residents.
M-PESA Foundation also closed its Uzazi Salama project in Lamu, which has so far seen over 86,000 women and children benefit from maternal healthcare services. The project was started in 2021.
Safaricom Foundation’s maternal health interventions in Lamu will help cut the maternal mortality rate, which stands at 676 deaths per 100,000 births compared to the national rate of 362 deaths per 100,000 live births. The county’s infant mortality rate stands at 4.81 deaths per 1,000 live births.
The Foundation has also donated desks and chairs worth Kes100,000 under Ndoto Zetu initiative to Kangaja Primary School in Lamu West area.