A life saving project for new born babies in Kenya is a step closer to fruition following a successful fundraiser yesterday ,”Giving Tuesday”, by staff at Mayo University Hospital.

Mayo University Hospital, through the Irish Charity , Brighter Communities Worldwide has a long-standing relationship with Londiani Sub-County Hospital in Kericho County. The partnership was established 14 years ago to enable shared learning between healthcare workers in western Kenya and the west of Ireland, with the aim of improving health outcomes for all.

MUH staff set out on a 5K fundraiser and either ran, walked or crawled and raised just shy of €5,000 for the Kenyan Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

Currently, very sick new born babies have to be transferred to the nearest hospital which is  50km away on bad roads that are not always fit for purpose. The hospital in Londiani , where Brighter Communities Worldwide has been working for the past 20 years,  needs a new born care unit that can provide around-the-clock care to sick or premature babies with the resources, equipment and specially trained health care providers that will give every baby the best possible start in life.

The money raised by MUH staff will go further as Brighter Communities Worldwide is in for a share of a $1.2 Million bonus fund from Global Giving.

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