Stressing the need to ensure a reduction of deaths resulting from preventable diseases, the First Lady appealed to women to be at the forefront in initiatives that will eliminate diseases.
“We cannot stand by unmoved and uncaring, as we watch the life ebb away from the beautiful souls of our mothers and children.” said the First Lady.
She spoke at a Nairobi hotel Friday evening during a gala dinner hosted in her honour by the Seasoned Woman Forum in recognition of her efforts to improve maternal and child healthcare.
The forum’s purpose is to encourage women to exploit their opportunities for the benefit of the nation.
The First Lady commended the Seasoned Woman Forum, which runs a project in Kilifi, for spearheading campaign against child labour and prostitution in the country.
During the function, the Forum in conjunction with the East Africa Breweries Foundation donated a mobile clinic towards the Beyond Zero campaign.
The First Lady thanked Kenyans and development partners for supporting the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative, saying this has strengthened her resolve to uplift the health standards of Kenyan mothers and new borns.
“Your unwavering stamina and resolute standing with us has given us and continues to give us the courage to face the kilometres and to run for our mothers and children,” she affirmed.
She appealed to Kenyans to come and join her in the second edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon on March 8 next year.
She said their participation in the marathon will be a clear demonstration of a personal commitment towards the betterment of the lives of Kenyan women and children.
The founder of Seasoned Woman Forum, Sally Mahihu, challenged women to passionately love their motherland and embrace the seasons of life as they will lead them to impact positively on their destiny.
The event was also attended by Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu, Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u, Lady Justice Agnes Murgor, Evangelist Teresia Wairimu and Reverend Judy Mbugua among others.