In Kenya, one in 26 babies die before they reach their first birthday.
In Meru, where you’ll finish your ride, new mums simply aren’t receiving the health information and support they need to keep their babies safe.
Women in this region fall pregnant early in life. Many leave school and feel ostracised and isolated. Without reliable health information, they don’t know the warning signs to look out for during pregnancy and when their baby is newborn. Without a friendly face to turn to for expert advice, pregnancy and birth can be a lonely and frightening experience - one that too often ends in tragedy.
Your fundraising for the Team Mum appeal will arm new mums with the health information and support they need to keep themselves, and their babies safe. We’ll use the money raised to launch pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya.
These pregnancy support groups will provide practical health information to new mums. Each new mum will be provided with some baby essentials - including a weighing bag to help monitor the health of their baby. They’ll learn about breastfeeding, safe sleeping, what to expect during the birth and when they take the baby home. They will learn the warning signs to look out for - so they will know when to seek medical assistance at every stage of pregnancy and early motherhood.
The groups also provide a support system for young new mums - a place to ask questions and discuss problems in a friendly environment. Any new mum, wherever they live, knows how important this support can be.
Read more about why we want to create Pregnancy support groups in Meru on Cherio’s blog.