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Baby Care box

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Maternal and infant mortality rates within informal communities are 1.5X higher the national average. Expectant women start their pre-natal visits when they are well into their pregnancy, hence if there are any complications, it is often too late to make any effective intervention.

Data available in our set up is as follows:

INTERNAL STATISTICS FOR THE YEARS 2022 AND 2023
  • 750 MOTHERS ATTENDED 1ST ANTE-NATAL CLINIC
  • 84 (11%) MOTHERS started within 1-12 weeks
  • 476 (64%) MOTHERS started within 13-26 weeks
    (Of the 476 mothers, 157 started at 24 weeks and above)
  • 190 (25%) MOTHERS started at 27 weeks and aboves
    (Of the 190 mothers, 19 mothers were 36 weeks and above)

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION

At Olivelink Healthcare we believe that every baby has a right to a good start in life irrespective of where they are born.

The Olivelink Baby Care Box is a customized carton box that is light, portable and sturdy that serves as a baby cot for the first 6 months of the baby’s life. It also has within it various items to support the new mother to better take care of her baby

WHY THE OLIVELINK BABY CARE BOX

The baby care box will act as an incentive to encourage expectant women to start their pre-natal visits early. The box will also offer a set of items to support the new mum to better take care of herself and her baby for the first 6 months. There will be educational information for the mother to learn about safe sleeping practices for baby and tracking of baby growth milestones.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Step 1: Recruitment

We will collaborate with Community Health Workers to recruit mothers into the program. To be eligible, a mother would need to be within her first trimester of pregnancy and be in a position to start her antenatal clinic.

Step 2: Engagement

Expectant mums will be engaged in various activities throughout their pregnancy. They will receive training on how to use the baby care box, nutrition & educational talks, and have the opportunity to attend free pre-natal exercise sessions that we run at the hospital.

Step 3: Birth & Baby Box

This will involve preparation for the baby's arrival. We will also encourage partner involvement to ensure that the new mother feels supported and ready for the birthing process. They will then receive the Olivelink Baby Care box after giving birth.

Step 4: Home visits, Postnatal and immunization

After discharge, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) will do 3 follow up home visits within the first 28 days to see that mother and child are settled in and that the box is being utilized as intended. We will also ensure that the new parents are informed about getting their new born vaccinated.

We are working to implement a pilot project to distribute 2000 baby care boxes. We are open to collaborating with likeminded partners to reduce maternal and child rates within informal communities.

Reach out to us through:

Josephine Suleiman
olivelinkhealthcare@gmail.com
Or
Victoria Nyakundi
olivelinkhealthcare@gmail.com.

MAMA MIMBA PROGRAMME.

Embracing Motherhood: Mama Mimba Fitness Program

Introduction

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, a time of incredible physical and emotional changes. As mothers-to-be, it's crucial to care for our well-being and cherish this extraordinary phase of life. OliveLink Healthcare Hospital understands the significance of nurturing both the body and spirit during pregnancy. That's why they've introduced the Mama Mimba Fitness Program, a remarkable initiative designed to support expectant mothers on their path to motherhood.

The Essence of Mama Mimba

Mama Mimba, which means "Pregnant Mother" in Swahili, embodies the idea that pregnancy is not a time to put life on hold, but a time to celebrate the incredible strength and resilience of women. The Mama Mimba Fitness Program at OliveLink Healthcare Hospital is an opportunity to embrace the joy of pregnancy while staying active and healthy.

A Holistic Approach

This program is far more than just an exercise class. It's a holistic approach to prenatal care that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pregnancy.

Fitness Sessions

Every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, expectant mothers gather at OliveLink Healthcare Hospital to participate in fitness sessions specially designed for them. These sessions include gentle exercises, stretching, and relaxation techniques that are safe and beneficial during pregnancy. Expert trainers guide participants through exercises that strengthen the body, alleviate common pregnancy discomforts, and prepare them for childbirth.

Mind-Body Connection

Pregnancy is not just about the physical changes but also the emotional and psychological journey. The Mama Mimba Fitness Program offers mindfulness and meditation sessions that help mothers connect with their inner selves, manage stress, and build a sense of calm and serenity.

Community and Support

What makes this program even more extraordinary is the sense of community it fosters. Expectant mothers come together, forming connections and bonds with others who are on a similar path. Sharing experiences, stories, and laughter, they create a support network that extends far beyond the class.

A Celebration of Motherhood

The Mama Mimba Fitness Program is a celebration of motherhood. It reminds mothers-to-be that they are strong, beautiful, and capable of incredible things. It encourages them to embrace their bodies, their pregnancies, and the journey ahead.

Conclusion

Pregnancy is a time of wonder and transformation, and OliveLink Healthcare Hospital's Mama Mimba Fitness Program beautifully captures the essence of this journey. It's a program that recognizes the importance of nurturing not only the physical health but the emotional and mental well-being of expectant mothers.

As mothers-to-be participate in these fitness sessions, they are not just preparing for childbirth; they are preparing to embrace motherhood with open hearts and strong bodies. The Mama Mimba Fitness Program at OliveLink Healthcare Hospital is a testament to the belief that motherhood is a beautiful adventure, and every step of the way should be celebrated. It's a program that honors the strength, resilience, and beauty of expectant mothers.

Olivelink Mama Mimba Fitness programme started in January 2022
Number of mothers who have attended: 137