Children born in sub-Saharan Africa are 15 times more likely to die in childhood than children in Europe and North America and the earliest days of life are still the most dangerous for children born in Kenya and all over Africa.

This is the reason Child.org does the work we do. We work with pregnant women, new mums, communities and government to provide life-saving antenatal and postnatal health information, connect communities and services, and advocate for quality care so that mums and babies stay safe, alive and healthy.

Meet Mercy

Mercy’s Story

Mercy has five children. During her fifth pregnancy, she joined Child.org’s Team Mum pregnancy support groups, where the practical advice she learnt helped to save her life.

“Before (in earlier pregnancies), I didn’t plan what I was going to do around birth, but this time I planned everything: I bought food, saved money for transport, identified a vehicle that would take me to hospital when ready. This was so important. I gave birth quickly, at home, but immediately after delivering, I needed to go to hospital. I had lost a lot of blood, my haemoglobin levels had gone down and I needed a transfusion quickly.  If I didn’t go to hospital, I probably would have died.

Thanks to Child.org I knew the importance of going to hospital.”

We work with communities to make sure pregnant women like Mercy are armed with life-saving advice, including how to identify key danger signs, such as bleeding, and practical preparations ahead of giving birth.


Find out more: read detailed reports on the projects and initiatives Child.org has led, and our work and impact so far in maternal and child health.

Team Mum

Arming pregnant women with life-saving information and support.

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Mother who took part in a Team Mum Pregnant Women's Group, learning critical antenatal and postnatal health information.

Baby Boxes

Championing postnatal care for mums and babies via Baby Boxes.

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Health Start

Strengthening school health infrastructure in Western Kenya.

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The wider picture

By advocating for safer pregnancies and births, we champion global sustainable development and health and gender equality. What we do today to promote maternal health directly supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 3 to ensure good health and well-being and SDG 5 to achieve gender equality for all.

Meet Mercy

Isaiah’s Story

Isaiah is a Community Health Assistant in Meru, Kenya. As part of our Team Mum project, we worked with local government and community members like Isaiah to boost male participation in pregnancy – from outlining why antenatal care is important (and how they can support their partner to attend), to taking on increased responsibility for household chores.

“We’ve seen really positive changes since engaging male partners; the Pregnant Women’s Groups have reported back that men are now fully engaged in supporting their pregnant partners.”

Between 2019 and 2022, our sessions reached 2,816 male partners and the percentage of men who agreed that they were responsible for accompanying their partner to antenatal clinics went up from 77.9% to 90%. In this way, community members like Isaiah are working alongside Child.org to promote the support of pregnant women and break down gender inequalities.

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