First Lady tackles premature births

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto's wife Rachel Ruto

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts to end malnutrition and premature births in Kenya

The First Lady expressed confidence that with closer partnerships among stakeholders, it is possible to eliminate hunger and malnutrition that puts mothers at high risk of premature births and causes stunted growth in children.

“Working together, I am confident that this goal is possible in our lifetime,” the First Lady said.

The First Lady spoke last evening when she presided over a fundraising dinner in support of initiatives to end malnutrition and premature births in the country. 

The event was organized by Save the Children, a global nonprofit organization that advocates for the improvement of the lives of children through better education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

The First Lady underscored the need for policies that place marginalised individuals, groups and communities at the core of development, saying that is key in achieving national and global targets geared towards “leaving no one behind”.

She noted that good nutrition helps in preventing chronic diseases among infants, young children, adults and the elderly.

“Nutrition is recognised as a key determinant of health and wellbeing, therefore we must place the nutrition agenda high on our list of priorities,” the First Lady said. 

She  commended Save the Children for the role it continues to play in complementing government’s efforts in improving the lives of children and mothers.

“Your noble vision to reach every child with education, health, protection and nutrition as well as livelihood interventions to combat poverty and ensure self-reliance complements Kenya’s national plan for children. 

“Since you began your work in Kenya in the 1950s, the footprint of your mission to bring lasting change to children’s lives, to protect and amplify the voices of children especially those from marginalised communities and deprived areas is evident,” the First Lady said.

The organization which was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 is celebrating 100 years of its existence this year and has presence in 120 countries including Kenya.