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Wheels For Life Project: Helping Mothers Deliver Safely amid COVID-19

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: April 06, 2021  

The Wheels for Life project was started on the 28th April 2020 to respond to pregnancy-related medical emergencies at night during the curfew hours instructed by the Government of Kenya in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenya is under a strict curfew and  travel bans have presented life threatening challenges for expectant women/girls as they struggle to access emergency care. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted essential services, which could lead to an increase in maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. During the pandemic, home births have become much more common as the number of hospital visits has declined by nearly 25%.

That’s where Wheels for Life project steps in. 

It is currently a programme by a team of organizations volunteering to ensure pregnant women are able to call 1196 toll-free to talk to a doctor and if necessary, get free emergency transport to a suitable health facility for safe baby deliveries.

As of 27th March 2021, close to 5000 mothers countrywide have received help from Wheels for Life project

To find out more about this project, email  wheelsforlife@khf.co.ke. Your donation will go a long way in assisting needy mothers to get the medical care they need. Donate HERE.

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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