By Hellen Nanzia
Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Tuesday said that the Beyond Zero campaign aims to touch every citizen and to improve the health of every Kenyan wherever they are. The First Lady was hosting officials of the Big Win Foundation which is a spin-off of the Children’s Investment Fund who paid her a courtesy call at State House.
She said the success of the initiative depends largely on its roll-out at the grassroots level and requires the involvement of everyone.
The officials led by the founder and chairperson of the Fund Ms. Jamie Anne Cooper and included the Chief Executive Officer Dr. Muhammad Ali and Senior Manager for Strategy and Programs Ms. Nalini Tarakeshwar and Ms. Patricia Mugambi who is the African representative of the Foundation, are seeking to partner with the Beyond Zero campaign on matters of health and advocacy among other development issues.
The Beyond Zero campaign focuses on health issues related to the survival of mothers and children, reduction of HIV/Aids and advocacy on related matters including dissuading communities that still practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to abandon the retrogressive culture and adopt alternative rites of passage.
The clinics are multi-purpose and are aimed at assisting mothers deliver in healthy environments, providing immunization and HIV/Aids testing among other health concerns right at the grassroots level.
The First Lady said she chose the marathon running model to raise both awareness and mobilize funds for the Beyond Zero campaign because the sport was already popular and is also a good way to improve health.
So far, the initiative has delivered a total of 34 fully kitted mobile clinics to an equal number of counties, the latest being Mandera and Embu.