Hundreds of people turned out on Saturday for the third edition of the 10km Save-a-Mum walk through the scenic Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary to raise funds for training of midwives.
The annual event is sponsored by the Chase Bank Foundation in support of Amref Health Africa’s Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, whose goal is to prevent unnecessary deaths of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth by ensuring that they have skilled midwives to take care of them.
The Guest of Honour at the event was Justice Njoki Ndung’u of the Supreme Court of Kenya. Emphasising the importance of Welcoming participants to the event, Dr Peter Ngatia, Acting Interim CEO of Amref Health Africa, called for a minute’s silence in honour of the 6,000 Kenyan women who had lost their lives in the past year in the process of giving life to their children.
He thanked Chase Bank for their solid support for the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign and their genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of women and children.
His sentiments were echoed by the Guest of Honour, Justice Njoki Ndung’u of the Supreme Court of Kenya, who stressed the importance of prioritising maternal health care. She commended the Chase Bank Foundation, the Chase Bank Group of Companies and their staff for choosing to make a real difference in the lives of people. She urged other corporates to go beyond Corporate Social Responsibility activities simply for publicity but instead seek to make a tangible impact on society.
Chase Group Foundation Managing Director Mr Parmain ole Narikae pledged his organisation’s continued support for the training of midwives. Preventing the unnecessary deaths of mothers, he said, was an important duty that everyone should get involved in and play their part, whether as individuals, corporates or governments.