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Motorbikes and midwives: Delivering better care for Kenya's mums

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Uploaded on Mar 17, 2009

Having a baby in rural north-western Kenya is a risky business for the expectant mums who live there.
The likelihood of a woman dying in childbirth here is frighteningly high. Across the country, 560 mums die for every 100,000 children - in parts of northwestern Kenya that figure can double. In Britain, the rate is around eight per 100,000.

But there are many ways that aid money is making a big difference. As part of DFID's wider £50m country programme in Kenya, we are working with the Kenyan government to help improve maternal and newborn health services. We are putting in place newly-trained community health workers, a civic education programme, a new maternity unit, and a new motorbike ambulance service.

To find out more about our work on maternal health in Kenya, please visit: www.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/kenya-mothers­-day.asp

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