Evolution Based on Experience in the First Term Project 
—Share your story with other mothers

The Second Term Project is underway again together with World Vision Japan in Ganze Sub-County, Kilifi County, the Republic of Kenya, where people face various maternal and child health problems. We are now promoting activities such as improving healthcare facilities, educating the local communities, and strengthening the capacity of healthcare workers. Furthermore, we are working on strengthening the community health system throughout the entire region in collaboration with major regional hospitals that supervise local dispensaries.

Mothers in Narok County have gained experience and learned various things about childbirth and childrearing from the First Term Project. The Second Term Project will impart what they have learned, or their “stories,” to mothers in Kilifi County.

Support project outline

Location Bamba and Jaribuni, Ganze Sub-County, Kilifi County, Republic of Kenya
Target population 77,506 (direct beneficiaries: 28,196; indirect beneficiaries: 49,310)
Term April 2020 to March 2023 (three years)
April 2023 to December 2023 (Extended due to the drought)
Budget 187 million yen
Partner World Vision Japan (a specified non-profit corporation)

Project location

Ganze Sub-County, Kilifi County, Republic of Kenya. Map.
Kilifi County is one of the areas with the highest poverty rates in Kenya. Often hit by drought, the area has long suffered from food shortages and poverty, leading to severe malnutrition in children. The area has faced various health-related issues, including a shortage of health facilities and healthcare workers, limited access to safe and clean water, a high maternal mortality rate, and a high prevalence of malaria.

Healthcare issues for mothers and children in Ganze Sub-County, Kilifi County

Limited access to health services

People who have no health facilities within 5 km from home


Shortage of healthcare workers and their skills

# of nurse at a local health facility


Limited access to safe and clean water

Usage rate of improved sanitation facilities


Lack of knowledge of local residents, drought and the consequent water shortage, and difficulties cultivating crops

Severe malnutrition and a high poverty rate


Insufficient commitment of local governments (health budget/cooperation)

Local government health budget


Midoina Dispensary in Bamba.
Only one nurse on 6 to 10 deliveries per month and with 600 outpatients per month.
Photo of Midoina Dispensary in Bamba
Jaribuni Dispensary in Jaribuni Ward.
The construction of a maternity ward, started by the local community, has been suspended.
Photo of Jaribuni Dispensary in Jaribuni Ward
Table 1: Health data (reference values)
Indicator  Kenya※1 Bamba※2 Jaribuni※2
Population 52 million 42,000 34,000
Antenatal care coverage (four or more times) 57.6% 44.1% 23.3%
Birth attended by skilled health personnel/Deliveries at health facilities 61.2% 77.5% 15.4%
Full vaccination coverage 74.9% 75.0% 50.3%
Incidence of diarrhea 15.2% 27.6%※3 -
Incidence of malaria 8.0% 22.9% 35.7%
Access to improved water Nairobi:83.7% 18.7% -

※Table 1 shows reference data. Since these data are from different information sources, they do not help in accurate comparison.

  1. ※1
    Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2014 
  2. ※2
    Kilifi CIDP 2018-2022
  3. ※3
    World Vision Survey 2013

Description of activities

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

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  April 2020 - March 2021 April 2021 - March 2022 April 2023 - March 2023
Main Activities Improve infrastructure and systems of health services and increace capacity of healthcare workers Strengthen and expand activities at community level Establish sustainable community health systems
  • Conduct baseline survey
  • Improve health facilities maternity wards)
  • Provide basic technical training for healthcare workers
  • Provide training for community health volunteers
  • Establish advocacy groups and provide training
  • Improve health facilities (maternity ward, clinical laboratory, etc.)
  • Improve water supply infrastructure
  • Provide refresher training on health and nutrition
  • Strengthen of monitoring and guidance on community health and nutrition activities
  • Strengthen structures of monitoring and guidance on community health and nutrition activities
  • Assess activity outcomes and challenges
  • Improve partnership and collabration with relevant government officials

Collaboration with partners

Collaboration with Panasonic Holdings Corporation -Power supply to healthcare facilities -

In the second term of this project, support is being provided to three local healthcare facilities in Kilifi County.

One such facility, the Rima Ra Pera Dispensary, has no electricity, and vaccines are stored in unstable gas refrigerators. Medical and laboratory equipment is not fully utilized, which limits the healthcare services the facility can provide to mothers and children.

In 2022, the dispensary will be equipped with a solar power generation and storage system with the cooperation of Panasonic Holdings Corporation’s LIGHT UP THE FUTURE Project. Supplying electricity to the dispensary is expected to enable the provision of nighttime healthcare and delivery services at the facility, and the stable use of equipment, making it possible for more people to receive the medical services they need.


Please check out the SDGs magazine, SOTOKOTO, for more information on how this collaboration began.

https://sotokoto-online.jp/sustainability/13368 (External website, in Japanese)


The Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project will continue to work with companies and NGOs that have a wide range of strengths to find solutions to social issues through collective impact.

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Activity Report