In poor communities, donor support is changing lives

In Kenya, private health clinics are often the first port of call for people seeking healthcare. That’s why we helped launch AMUA – a network of over 150 private clinics providing affordable reproductive healthcare to underserved communities.

Nurse Mary Wanjiku Kiari washes her hands outside an MSI-supported health center.
A client stands outside an MSI-supported clinic in Kenya.

Despite a challenging year in 2020, the AMUA network of clinics served 275,000 women with reproductive healthcare, from providing contraception to offering life-saving treatment after unsafe abortions to more than 30,000 women.

A young woman walks past an MSI-supported clinic.

Stacey Njoki, a 17-year-old client, receives a check-up.

Schools were closed for much of the year, but our In Their Hands program continued to offer counseling and contraceptive services to adolescent girls like Stacey. With access to contraception, girls will be able to plan for the future.

Mercy Munyao takes client calls at the MSI Kenya call center.

Mercy and her colleagues answer client calls.

When women have questions about reproductive health, they can dial our contact center where agents are on hand to answer common questions and refer women to their nearest clinic.

Florence Mwaneke, a community mobilizer, walks past the clinic.

Florence educates people in her community about reproductive health.

Community-based mobilizers like Florence are a crucial part of the team. These trusted community members talk to their neighbors about contraception and refer women to services. They also help ensure women know where to go for care if they’ve experienced an unsafe abortion.

Lilian Osongo checks in for an appointment about contraception.

Stella Mweu receives anti-natal care.

When COVID-19 hit, the AMUA network adapted to help stop the spread. Several facilities were used as isolation wards and treatment centers for COVID-19 patients. AMUA clinics also partnered with the Kenyan Ministry of Health to spread the word about COVID-19 prevention protocols.

By supporting the private providers that are already serving poor communities, we’re able to provide greater choice to women in need. Together, we are making choice possible!

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