The Kenya Power Plc has donated Ksh2 million to the first lady’s Margaret Kenyatta mother and child care initiative Beyond Zero.
Beyond Zero has an annual marathon that raises money mostly for maternity and care of mother and child through mobile clinics. The aim is to have zero mortality rate for mother and child at birth in Kenya.
“First Lady Margaret Kenyatta receives a cheque of Kshs. 2 Million from MD & CEO Mr. Bernard Ngugi and Communications Officer Mary Gatheca at Statehouse”, KPLC updated Kenyans on their social media pages.
Since its inception in 2013, Beyond Zero has donated forty seven fully kitted mobile clinics to forty seven county governments to strengthen the existing outreach programs and referral systems. The mobile clinic partly addresses access to health care services for hard to reach areas; informal settlements – focusing on urban and peri-urban areas; and at risk populations. The sustainability of the mobile clinics is ensured through a formal handing over to the County Government and the signing of Memorandums of Understanding between the County Government, Ministry of Health and Beyond Zero.
Kenyans have however criticised the movement as being blind to the plight of urban poor women especially Nairobians. The criticism became sharp when a lady who was fired from her job and had nowhere to run and no ma=oney to reach the hospital soughtsolace at Uhuru Park where she ended up giving birth in March 2019.
This year’s Beyond Zero marathon will be held on 8th March 2020.
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