Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project
The vision of “Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project” embodies the corporate philosophy to support the health and develop sustainable community for the wellbeing of mothers and children.
The concept of Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project derives from the vision to support vitality of mothers and children globally.
In Africa, the lack of quality and accessible healthcare, complications during pregnancy and unsafe birth settings have resulted in one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rate, approximately 77 times higher than Japan[*].
Mother to Mother SHIONOGI project in collaboration with World Vision (NGO) is committed to improve effective healthcare for mothers and children in Kenya.
While the multivitamin Popon® series helps to support the health of mothers in Japan, a portion of the sales and the donations from Shionogi employees (Shionogi Social Contribution and Support Association), are donated to help support the health of mothers and children in Kenya.
- ※Retrieved from WHO, “Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013”.
Support area and its issues
Ilaramatak, Narok County, Republic of Kenya
14,612 people, which includes 2440 children under 5 years old and 3,507 reproductive-age women.
|Health indicators||Kenya||Narok County||Ilaramatak|
|Rate of prenatal care（more than 4 times）(%)||57.6||46.0||22.6|
|Rate of skilled attendant present during birth (%)||61.8||40.3||9.4|
|Birth rate in heath facility (%)||61.2||38.6||9.4|
|Wasting rate (%)||4.0||2.4||10.9|
|Underweight rate (%)||11.0||11.6||22.9|
- Lack of capacity and quality healthcare.
- Lack of structure and management of community health workers and hospital.
- Lack of training and skills of community health workers.
- Lack of understanding about the importance of health among local residents.
- Gender inequality, and others
- ※1Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014
- ※2Activity Report by Ilaramatak regional development program based on the data of the local health facility In collaboration with World Vision Japan, International NGO.
Project activities to support maternal and child health
- ※For more information about World Vision, please visit (http://www.wvi.org/)
Improved capacity and access to healthcare services for mothers and children
Better quality of healthcare services
Education to local community
After receiving education, more people in the community became more active and involved during the engagement of the project. In addtion, more men in the community understand the importance of giving birth at health facility and take their wives to the health facility to be assisted by a skilled birth attendant.
Voices from the community:
Village chief: “My wife recovers faster after giving birth in health facility compared to giving birth at home.”