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For Afrikable, the launch of the project Maternity Home means to achieve the women’s integral empowerment in every part of their lives.

After the viability study and the implementation of the first training and sensitivity phase, we are ready for the development of the following phases. Do you want to know the project better? Do you want to know how to cooperate?

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We empower women economically by offering them a decent job based on the standards of the fair trade and the access to microcredit. Social empowerment is achieved by offering education and literacy, as well as, information and advice about their rights. By means of circles of reflection, where we work their self-esteem and self- confidence, where we develop their leadership and communication skills, awareness and decision making as well as their emotional development; that is how women achieve to empower themselves psychologically.

With the project Maternity Home, Afrikable empowers women from health, through a Reproductive and Maternal Health Centre where we stand up for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and we promote their health, keys to achieve gender equality and women empowerment.


Maternity situation in Lamu (Kenya)

The maternal mortality ratio in Kenya is very high, even though, the numbers that the World Health Organisation includes (360 deaths out of every 100.000 births), are only based on births in hospital, being Kenya a country where just the 44% of the labours are assisted by an adequate health personnel.

Lamu district is one of the Kenya’s districts with the highest maternal mortality ratio of the country (676 women die every 100.000 births), where only the 15% of the labours are assisted by professional health personnel. The difficult access on the part of women to the limited resources and health care and lack of adequate infrastructures is the origin of this situation.

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Nowadays, the hospital in that district provides free labour assistance as well as, theoretically, the monitoring during pregnancy which also includes, supposedly, ultrasounds. The reality that women suffers is very different, with either situations really paradoxical such as women who are not checked simply because they have got fetal movement, enough evidence according to the hospital in order to decide that a woman doesn’t need any routine ultrasound during her pregnancy, or more extreme situations where, after turning to the hospital to give birth, the staff ignore these women and they end up giving birth by themselves in the floor. Regarding gynaecological services, they simply don’t exist in Lamu. The nearest one is about 4 hours by bus.

The vast majority of these maternal deaths could be avoided if women had access to quality family planning programmes, appropriate assistance during pregnancy, labour and the first month after the delivery, or post abortion assistance.

El Maternity Home project by Afrikable

Afrikable’s general aim is to improve women lives, and through the Maternity Home project we contribute in order to reach the number 5 purpose of UN Millennium Development Goals: to improve the maternal health. We also contribute in order to accomplish numbers 3 and 5 of UN Millennium Development Goals: gender equality and better women health, by reducing maternal mortality such as preventable deaths of neonates, and assure the access to quality sexual and reproductive health services.


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Direct causes of maternal mortality (haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and complications of unsafe abortion) are easily preventable guaranteeing an access to the specialised health care during pregnancy, labour and the first month after the birth, which is essential to save these women and their children lives.

Specific objectives of the project
  • To improve the quality of life of women in extreme poverty and risk of social exclusion.
  • Reduce maternal-neonatal morbidity and mortality resulting from reproductive, sexual and maternal health providing primary health care to all the women who need it.
  • Empower women in the field of health.
  • To improve sexual and reproductive health and rights of women through sex education and sanitary gynaecological and obstetrical assistance.
  • Train nurses, midwifes and local leaders implementing information strategies and training-action, providing targeted training and informative lectures.
  • Create a space for exchange of knowledge in which commitment and sensitivity, on the part of the community, of addressing and dealing with problems related to maternal and prenatal health are encouraged, thus making it possible that the action is adequate, sustainable and beneficial for the whole community.
Project phases

This project is composed of a first phase of investigation and assessment, and three more phases of implementation and realisation.

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Translator: Jeannette Canet


Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.


In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.


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