Since 2015, Shionogi has worked with World Vision, an international cooperation NGO, to reduce the child and maternal mortality of Kenya, with donations from Shionogi employees as a fund source.
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World Vision
From Japan to Africa, connectiong mothers through health [Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project]

To build a sustainable society, it is necessary to create a favorable environment for the next generation of children to grow healthy.

The Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project aims to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by protecting mothers and children from preventable mortality and strengthening healthcare services systems.

Challenges in sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa still sees 78 under-5 mortality per 1,000 live births and 533 maternal mortality per 100,000 live births, with a huge difference from the relevant targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (“less than 25” and “at least as low as 70,” respectively*2).

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for more than half of worldwide maternal and under-5 mortality.
Maternal mortality*1.  Sub-Saharan Africa: 68%. Under-5 deaths*1. Sub-Saharan Africa: 54%.
The prime causes of under-5 mortality in sub-Saharan Africa are birth-related events and infectious diseases. Newborn mortality account for 47% of under-5 mortality.
Causes of under-5 mortality*3. Infectious diseases: 42%. Birth-related events: 31%. Other
  1. ※1
    unicef THE STATE OF WORLD’S CHILDREN 2019 Children, food and nutrition
  2. ※2
    Targets 3.1 and 3.2 in the SDGs
  3. ※3
    Child Mortality Report 2019

It is necessary to improve the environment for pregnancy and childbirth and to tackle the problem of infectious diseases in children

In sub-Saharan Africa, 47% of under-5 mortality occur less than 28 days after birth, and more than a third of them occur on the day of birth. Most of those mortality are thought to have been preventable.

« Issues affecting maternal and child health in Kenya »

Despite its huge land area, Kenya has only a very small number of medical facilities. Many local people have only limited access to medical services due to a shortage of medical professionals, a lack of knowledge about health and nutrition, and gender inequality.
They also face limited access to safe and clean water and resulting problems, including a high prevalence of diarrhea.


To solve these issues, we have been implementing two maternal and child health support projects in Narok and Kilifi Counties in Kenya. For details, visit the web pages on the two respective projects.

Family members taking a sick child to the dispensary
Family members taking a sick child to the dispensary

Outline of two maternal and child health support projects

  First Term Project Second Term Project
Location Illaramatak, Narok South Sub-County, Narok County Bamba and Jaribuni, Ganze Sub-County, Kilifi County
Term April 2015 to September 2020 (Five years)
October 2020 to July 2021 (Extended due to COVID-19)
April 2020 to March 2023 (three years)
No. of target facilities 1 3
No. of beneficiaries 14,612 in total 77,506 in total
Direct beneficiaries: 5,947
Indirect beneficiaries: 8,665
Direct beneficiaries: 28,196
Indirect beneficiaries: 49,310
Republic of Kenya. Map.

Three pillars of activities

To develop sustainable community for the well-being of mothers and children.

This project aims not only to improve the environment for pregnancy and childbirth but also to enable local people to manage their own health by educating the local communities, helping local health professionals in capacity development, improving the water hygiene environment, and conducting advocacy activities focusing on government.

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Improve access to maternal and child health services for expectant and breastfeeding mothers and children under five

  • Build health facilities
  • Help health professionals in capacity development
  • Provide mobile clinic services
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Build community-based systems for improving people’s nutritional and water hygiene habits

  • Build water supply facilities
  • Provide nutrition and hygiene education
  • Implement nutrition programs
  • Help spread correct hygiene knowledge and habits across schools and the communities
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Enhance health system management

  • Promote advocacy group activities
  • Facilitate the partnership between the communities and government officials
  • Enhance monitoring and assessment
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