From Left to Right: M-PESA Foundation Chairman, Michael Joseph, Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, Safaricom, Karen Basiye, Nursing Officer-In-Charge, Boniface Irungu, CEC Health & Sanitation, Muranga County, Joseph Mbai and Murang’a County Nursing officer, Salome Kimani at one of the wards at Gatunguru Health Centre where M-PESA Foundation has funded the completion and equipping of the facility.

The M-PESA Foundation has financed the completion and equipping of Gatunguru Health Centre in Murang’a County at a cost of over Kes9.2 million.

The investment will see the health facility increase its capacity to serve as a Level 3 Hospital and provide access to health services to over 80 patients per day.

The Foundation has been equipped the hospital with delivery and post-natal rooms with a capacity of eight beds, as well as a consultation room in a bid to improve maternal health services.

The healthcare centre has also received wheelchairs, delivery coaches, and baby weighing scales as well as laboratory tools.

“One of our focus areas as M-PESA Foundation is to make a lasting contribution to society by focusing on improving the maternal health outcomes of mothers and newborns. Our contribution today reflects this commitment to enable access to maternal health and the upgrading of overall health services,” said Michael Joseph, Chairman, M-PESA Foundation.

Further, the set up of a septic tank will go a long way in improving sanitation standards at the health centre, while the installation of an ablution block and an underground water storage tank will enable the hospital to meet its water needs.

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M-PESA Foundation has also invested Kes150 million in the Uzazi Salama Project targeting over 90,000 women and children under 5 years in Homabay County following a similar project in Samburu County, which has seen over 200,000 beneficiaries receive better maternal health services.

Last year, the Foundation partnered with Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation for the Daktari Smart telemedicine program targeting over 32,000 children in Samburu, Homabay, Baringo and Lamu Counties.

Daktari Smart project aims to lower the number of referrals of sick children by allowing county health facilities to have access to specialists.

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