Government statistics show that about 7,000 women die annually in Kenya from pregnancy related complications, most of which are avoidable. To complement government efforts in improving maternal health indicators, the M-Pesa Foundation has invested in two large -scale maternal health projects. The two, Uzazi Salama and LEAP aim to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in North Eastern and Nyanza/Western regions of Kenya respectively. These areas have a high maternal and child mortality rate.
Uzazi Salama is a partnership with AMREF Health Africa, PharmAccess group and the Samburu County government who are the implementing partners. It involves improving infrastructure, capacity building of health workers, enhancing community based information and education, and health care financing.
LEAP formerly known as the Health Enablement and Learning Platform, on the other hand aims to train, up-skill and develop the capacity of Community Health Volunteers and their supervisors, a critical resource in delivering community health services across Kenya.
We have also invested in use of technology to promote health service provision across the country through Jamii smart and M-Tiba.
M-TIBA is a digital platform that enables people to save, send, receive and pay money for medical treatment through a mobile health wallet on their phone. The digital platform allows for a more efficient and transparent way of connecting patients, doctors, payers and governments that is based on a constant flow of almost real-time data.
The platform, which is a partnership with PharmAccess and health payment platform CarePay, also provides an opportunity for healthcare benefits, such as vouchers and insurance.
It has transformed the lives of more than one million Kenyans.
Jamii Smart is a mobile technology that makes use of an offline and online technology to collect and submit data and eventually interact with mothers through SMS. This was a partnership with the Ministry of Health, World Vision, Care Kenya, AMREF and Aga Khan University.
M-PESA Foundation gave a grant of Kshs 6.5 Million that went towards the purchase of smart phones for select health facilities installed with Jamii Smart and linked to cellular data stored on the cloud.
The application has three main levels; Data collection, Communication to mothers and guardians and Data analysis and decision-making.