World Friends, in collaboration with ‘Medici per la pace’, and thanks to the support of Fondazione Cariverona, has initiated in June 2016 the Nairobi Nutritional Project, aimed at improving the nutritional and health status of pregnant women and children in the slums of the north-eastern area of Nairobi.
The second phase of the Nairobi Nutritional Project was initiated in October 2018, thanks to the support of the Foundation Prima Spes Onlus. The main goal of the initiative is to contribute in the long-term to reducing maternal, neonatal and under-five mortality rate through better hygienic pratices for the promotion of maternal-infant health.
The informal settlements where our activities take place are the most disadvantaged areas as regards health protection and access to health services. Two thirds of the three million inhabitants of Nairobi live in the 246 shantytowns in the suburbs. In the north-east are the slums of Korogocho, Kariobangi, Babadogo,Mathare, Valley-Eastleigh, Huruma, Kahawa, Soweto, where 700,000 people live, half of them under the age of 15 years.
The project is aimed at the most vulnerable social categories: women of reproductive age, with special attention directed to pregnant women and new mothers; to children especially from ages 0-5 and 10-13 years, and adolescents. Pregnancy still represents one of the most significant health risks for health and the survival of women and newborns, both for the period of pregnancy as well as for the first three years of life of the child, up to the age of puberty and early adolescence
By reducing the occurrence of malnutrition, health conditions can be improved and the life expectancy of pregnant women and of children can be increased through access and use of nutritional services and the development of greater knowledge, practices and attitudes in the sphere of hygiene and nutrition.
- Strengthening essential health services (especially those relating to the perinatal period)offered by the health partner, Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital (RUNH); Tumaini H.C and Redeemed H.C.; starting from January 2019 also in Jahmii Kipawa Clinic.
- Promoting an increase in health education interventions scholastic field inside the scholastic institutions at various levels.