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An MBA Student’s Social Entrepreneurship Journey in East Africa

Our former Summer Associate, Sahar Jamal, writes about her Kellogg MBA internship with Jacaranda Health, and how it helped her achieve a life-long dream. “Last summer, I joined a lean, scrappy team at Jacaranda Health, a maternity health clinic and social enterprise based in the peri-urban outskirts of Nairobi,” she writes.

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Representing Jacaranda at the Kenya Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (KOGS) Conference

What happens when you put over 250 gynaecologists together in one room? Jacaranda Health had the opportunity to find out in mid-February at the 41st Annual Scientific Conference of the Kenya Obstetric and Gynaecological Society (KOGS) in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Using mobile tech to influence behavior and improve maternal health

In the past few years, Kenyans have become more connected than ever before. Between 2000 and 2010, mobile phone penetration increased by 200 percent. Now, over 88 percent of Kenyans report own a cellphone. This technological shift is not only helping to create a more connected world; it’s creating a unique opportunity to harness technology as a way to influence behavioral change and fuel positive social impact.

What Would You Do? Emergency Simulation Drills Led by Nurse Champions

Supported with a grant from the Pfizer Foundation, we’ve been implementing a Nurse Champion program that empowers public facility nurses to lead their teams in regularly scheduled simulation drills.

Implementing a Clinical Quality Dashboard in Low-Resource Maternal and Child Health Hospital

In this article, we discuss the importance of measurement and evaluation in a healthcare setting, our process creating a clinical quality dashboard in a low-resource maternity hospital, and lessons learned during the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the dashboard.


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Celebrate Solutions: Creating a "One-Stop Shop" to Encourage Postpartum Contraception

In June's 'Celebrate Solutions' columns, Women Deliver is highlighting Jacaranda Health's efforts to change the way family planning decision-making happens in the postpartum period among low-income women in Kenya. As a maternity health care organization, Jacaranda Health works to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns by building a new model of maternity care in East Africa; one that is respectful, high-quality and patient-centered.

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Jacaranda Health is leading the way in providing quality care in Kiambu County

In February 2017, Jacaranda Health achieved recognition as one of the highest quality maternity providers in East Africa as it was awarded SafeCare Level 5 certification – one of only three facilities in Africa to achieve this distinction.

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Announcing Jacaranda Health’s 2016 Impact Report

I am delighted to announce the launch of Jacaranda Health’s second annual impact report. The last year has been a tremendous period of growth and achievement, as we have focused on evaluating our existing projects and scaling what truly works best to improve health outcomes for newborns and mothers in East Africa.

Behind the Scenes: Meet Jacaranda’s Ambulance Driver

On any given day, you can find him with a big smile on his face while he maintains the ambulance, talks with customers, or heads out to an emergency.  Like most of our employees, John goes above and beyond his job description to provide clients the best experience possible.

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From Passion to Leader: Public Facility Nurse Champion Leah Marija

Anywhere in the world, nursing is a challenging profession. But in some resource-constrained settings, such as the sprawling peri-urban estate of Githurai just south of Jacaranda’s Kahawa West facility, the challenges are even greater. 

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Can a community health worker administered postnatal checklist increase health-seeking behaviors and knowledge?

Last month, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Jacaranda Health published a study evaluating the effects of low-cost postnatal care delivered by community health workers. This randomized trial evaluates a pilot program in which community health workers (CHWs) visit or call new mothers three days after delivery in peri-urban Kiambu County, Kenya.

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Helping Babies Breathe Training Provides Newborn Resuscitation Skills to Jacaranda’s Nurses

On February 23rd and 24th, 2016, Helping Babies Breathe Kenya conducted a Master Trainer workshop at Jacaranda Health’s Kahawa West hospital. This allowed for a group of nurses from Jacaranda, as well as a nurse from a partner public facility, Ruiru Sub-District Hospital, to be certified HBB Master Trainers by the end of the two-day course.

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Five lessons for building scalable business models for maternal health

Jacaranda Health entered the field of maternal healthcare in east Africa with a challenge: How do we provide high-quality care to low-income women while building a business that’s financially sustainable? It was essential that we provide services of a quality that our international advisors in obstetrics and midwifery could point to with pride, but we needed to be efficient enough as an organization that we could scale up if our first clinics were a success. What strategies would help us meet both goals?

Celebrating Healthy Mums this Mother’s Day: PROMPTS for Postpartum Family Planning

Every Mother’s Day, we celebrate the strong women who brought us into the world. At Jacaranda Health, it’s our job to support women on the journey through pregnancy and birth, making sure that mother and baby leave the hospital safe, healthy, and confident. One of our successful tools is a set of carefully crafted text messages to support mothers with information and ‘nudges’ to ensure that they receive the best care during the postpartum period, a time that is critical to the health of mothers and babies.