Friends of Naivasha from Omaha, Nebraska, is an umbrella non-profit organization that supports academic partnerships that collaborate to improve health outcomes of mothers and babies in Nakuru, Kenya. In 2013 our Starship Project, Friends of Naivasha Women’s Center opened its doors to offer free maternity care to an average of 600 mothers and babies born there each month. After two years of mentoring the operations of the facility was turned over to the Sub County Hospital. The FONWC is the only hospital in the County that has Moyo Ambulatory Fetal Monitors for mothers in labor, Helping Babies Breathe Education for Midwives, and CPAP available in our NICU for asphyxiated babies. Newborn deaths from asphyxia has dropped by an estimated 50% as compared to hospitals without these interventions available and we hope to spread this model across the entire County.
Friends of Naivasha has partnered with Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya to create a collaboration of academic partnerships with international universities to improve outcomes by providing needed resources and the Clinical Education with Simulation Training to spread this model to all of Nakuru County. The Instructors as well as the future doctors and nurses at Egerton Medical College and Nursing School will be part of the team to implement and evaluate this model of care delivery. The other collaborating Universities are University of Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson College, Tel Aviv University and University of Utah.
Naivasha, a town in Nakuru County, is one of the world's largest flower producers. The flower farms employ thousands of women who migrate from across the country. Through the efforts of Friends of Naivasha, these women now have access to safe, modern birthing facilities and outpatient clinical care. In 2017 FON fully turned over funding and operations of the women's health center to the county government. We are now expanding to provide services to rural areas of Nakuru County and life saving nurse/midwife training with the Helping Babies Breathe program.