Each day in Kenya, 22 mothers and 111 newborns die from preventable causes. Our work here is about pushing for more and better public spending on health – and better access to family planning services for women and girls.
No mother, while bringing forth the miracle of life, should ever die due to shortage of drugs or equipment.
Governor, His Excellency Hon. Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati, Bungoma

What's happening in Kenya

Over the last decade, Kenya has made real progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. More women survived childbirth, with the maternal mortality rate dropping from 488 to 362 deaths for every 100,000 live births.

But despite the many commitments made, an estimated 8,000 mothers and 40,000 newborns still die each year from preventable causes (as documented by the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey). 

The nation aims to improve the chances of maternal survival by two thirds – as set out in the Kenya Vision 2030. To achieve this by 2030, leaders and communities must commit to investing the right resources in maternal and newborn health. 

What’s more, Kenya’s population is young: 42% of people living there are under 15-years-old. Kenya’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap recognises that investing in adolescents would result in a healthier, more skilful, and educated future workforce.

What MamaYe is doing

Across Bungoma and Nairobi Counties, we’re helping civil society to influence better spending and policymaking for reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health. This includes ensuring women and girls have access to quality family planning services. Find out more in our blog.

kenya counties
Maternal Mortality
510
per 100,000 live births
Of women in Kenya
20%
have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
Government spending on health
61%
as a % of total health expenditure

Meet the Kenya team

George Ogola
National Advocacy Coordinator
Stephen Yambi
County Coordinator, Bungoma
Joyce Kyalo
Health Financing Advisor
Koki Kyalo
National Coordinator