, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – The Chase Group Foundation will host the third edition of the “Save A Mum” Walk on March 28.
The walk will be held at the Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary and is expected to bring together over 5,000 participants.
The walk is in support of the Stand Up for African Mothers initiative by AMREF which seeks to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 therefore reducing maternal mortality by improving access to reproductive health services.
The walk seeks to raise money towards this noble initiative and train sufficient midwives to adequately tend to the mothers in rural Kenya and Africa as a whole.
The initiative has garnered monetary support from corporates and individuals alike who have shown great interest in The Foundations dedication to reduce maternal mortality through the training of midwives. In addition to financial support, there have been contributions in kind in the form of water and soft drinks, cleaning services and medical services for the walk.
Since inception, the Stand Up For Mothers Initiative has trained over 650 midwives in Kenya and 4,000 in Africa. Most of the midwives that have been trained have been attached to a health institution in various counties.
Once trained, a midwife is able to look after 500 mothers every year and safely deliver 100 babies.
Statistics show that approximately 1.5 million African children are left motherless each year while over 40 percent of African women do not receive pre-natal care, and more than half of all deliveries take place at home without medical assistance.
This support will provide women of rural Kenya with pre and post natal care a necessity that has previously not been available to them.
“Women are the backbone of society, in nurturing their health we are nurturing the future of not only the country but the continent as a whole. 162,000 women die every year during childbirth due to lack of simple medical care, this walk is one of the many ways we can ensure that this is a thing of the past,” Parmain ole Narikae-Chase Bank General Manager and Chase Group Foundation Chairman stated.
Amref Health Africa Interim CEO Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi-Igbodipe said: “Amref Health Africa is deeply concerned about the welfare of women and children, particularly those who live in hard to reach parts of Kenya and the African continent with limited or no access to proper and quality health care services. It is sad when a mother bleeds to death while giving birth, just because there was no one with proper skills to save her. And even if her child survives, she or he has to live without a mother.”
In 2012, The Chase Group Foundation entered into a three-year partnership with AMREF to support the Stand Up For African Mothers Initiative. In order to gain public awareness of this cause, The Chase Group Foundation hosted the first fundraising walk in February of 2013.