Global MamaCare Initiative
Country of Operation
- Mama Maria ClinicsNot-for-profit
- Ministry of HealthGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe MamaCare program encourages donations of $50 per mother that will ensure one mother is enrolled in MamaCare and is guaranteed Access to quality prenatal services, including safe delivery, free of charge, at Mama Maria Clinic MMC (or any other accredited MMC partner).
The Mamacare program hopes to give as many women as possible the gift of safe delivery, and have set a goal of enrolling 50 new mamas every month. This is because one woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy but 90% of these deaths are preventable. Most take place in developing countries, in the hours around the time of birth.
Key program components
The cards are offered to poor women in rural Kenya who cannot afford health insurance on their own. A donation of $50 ensures one mother is enrolled in MamaCare and is guaranteed the following benefits: * Access to quality perinatal services, including safe delivery, free of charge, at MMC (or any other accredited MMC partner) * Government health insurance for 12 months (length of pregnancy, plus 3 months) * Coverage at accredited providers throughout the nation – for mother, her newborn, and family * Emergency services/transport. In the future, the Global MamaCare Initiative will create bonds with other health care facilities in Kenya to provide access to health care for women and children. The focus is on scaling out, creating more such clinics throughout the country that will offer health insurance to women. The program will evaluate the needs of the applicant and only those with limited income and no access to health insurance will be eligible. Families who are unable to pay for health care may not access the health care system. By targeting the rural poor, families without access to health care may now be able to come to the clinic at no cost for inpatient care.