Free ambulance service for expecting moms

Country

Kenya

Update

July 30, 2020

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Free ambulance service for expecting moms

Country

Kenya

Update

July 30, 2020

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When the Kenyan government introduced a dusk to dawn COVID-19 curfew, Dr. Jemimah Kariuki noticed increased cases of pregnant women either dying or delivering distressed or stillborn babies. One of the reasons was a lack of transportation during curfew hours. Together with a group of fellow medics, she started the Wheels for Life initiative which offers free ambulance services for expecting mothers.

Significant impact

 

The curfew has had a significant impact on women's access to health facilities for safe deliveries. Some women and newborns have died due to childbirth complications. Troubled by what she witnessed, Dr. Kariuki sent out a Tweet inviting pregnant women who needed help during curfew, to get in touch with her. She would facilitate safe deliveries for them. The response was overwhelming. Since sharing her Tweet, Dr. Jemimah has helped scores of pregnant women in Kenya.

 

"With the ongoing curfew in Kenya due to Covid-19, pregnant women are reporting being afraid of going to hospital at night, putting them at high risk of childbirth complications and even death. Wheels for Life is offering a crucial solution,” says Dr. Kariuki. She hopes to continue with the initiative, also after the COVID-19 containment measures have been lifted.

 

The initiative currently operates in the Nairobi area, but the group seeks partners in other parts of Kenya to expand their services.

Public and private partners

 

Wheels for Life receives support from public and private partners. Medical professionals, transportation providers, ICT services, they all came together with the common goal to safeguard the lives of expectant women and newborns.