Today is the International Day for Protection of Children, more widely known as International Children’s Day. Started in 1925 by the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children, the day is an opportunity to reflect on both the challenges and progress being made on improving the lives of children around the world.
In East Africa, access to healthcare can be a challenge, particularly in rural communities. Afya Research Africa is helping to improve access with their Ubuntu-Afya kiosks, a network of community medical centers located in under-served rural and urban areas. The clinics are visited most frequently by mothers and children, providing much needed well baby and ante-natal care to these communities. The kiosks have proven so popular that over half were able to break even within a year of operation and they plan to double the number of kiosks in Kenya in 2016.
Penda Health also works to improve the healthcare of Kenyan families through a network of primary health clinics in Kenya. Originally envisioned as a women’s health clinic, Penda quickly learned that women in Nairobi preferred to have their reproductive health services done at a clinic where they could also bring their children and other family members when they are sick. Penda has also introduced small changes in service that women in other countries may take for granted. For example, Nicholas Sowden, one of the cofounders of Penda Health, explained at the 2016 Innovations in Healthcare Forum how they began giving printouts of ultrasounds to expecting parents as an extra perk of having their prenatal visits at a Penda clinic.
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