Wheels For Life Project: Helping Mothers Deliver Safely amid COVID-19
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.
Wheels for life helps expectant mothers talk to a doctors for free!!
Call 1196 for help!!!
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Updated Statistics as of 24th March 2021#wheelsforlife pic.twitter.com/hUEOqk5acW
— Kenya Healthcare Federation (@KenyaHealthFed) March 27, 2021
As of 27th March 2021, close to 5000 mothers countrywide have received help from Wheels for Life project.