Dandora, a slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, is home to the largest dump in the world – and 300,000 people. Many of the residents of Dandora seek out a living sifting through the garbage in the landfill, searching for items which can be resold. The population is well below the poverty line, and in particular, the situation for mothers and children is dire. According to the World Bank, Kenya’s maternal mortality rate is 488 deaths for every 100,000 live births. With only one clinic, capable of treating minor outpatient issues only, the maternal mortality rate in Dandora is estimated to be much higher.
Matter is partnering with Notre Dame and the Dandora Africa Wellness Network (DAWN), who have built a brand new hospital. Matter has supplied all of the necessary equipment and supplies to furnish and establish a brand new maternity ward in this hospital.
This hospital will provide health services to thousands of mothers, offering safe and sanitary conditions for childbirth, and a team dedicated to the health care of newborns and their mothers.
On June 3rd, the first of three shipping containers arrived on site at the new hospital, filled with everything the new maternity ward needs, from beds and exam tables to gauze and bandages.
Matter is proud to partner with DAWN and Norte Dame to make this exceptional new facility a reality and to expand access to health to the thousands of mothers and children.