Kenya, “Pumwani Maternity Ward”

Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi is one of the largest maternity hospital in the country. As a result of the quality maternal health care that the hospital provides, the number of newborn deaths has been reduced. UNICEF is advocating for better maternal health and newborn care in Kenya where every year 6,150 women lose their lives due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Every day the hospital treats more than 200 premature, abandoned or sick children and their mothers. It has ante-natal and postnatal services, a maternity ward and clinic, specialist nursery for premature babies and PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV) services which help prevent HIV positive mothers transmitting the virus to their children. Immunisation, supplementary nutrition, counselling and referral are part of the hospital’s vital follow-up care with outpatients.