SportPesa Foundation has announced plans to invest up to Ksh 100 million to equip hospitals and dispensaries countrywide in a bid to improve maternal healthcare.
According to SportPesa CEO Captain Ronald Karauri there is a need to diversify the CSR initiatives from the sports disciplines to other sectors of national importance.
Dr. Karauri challenged the government to create an enabling environment for businesses to operate which will in turn support initiatives such as youth employment.
This was revealed when the foundation invested Ksh1.2 million in equipping the new maternity wing at Riruta Health Center, a public health facility in Nairobi County, as part of its maternal health and Covid-19 support.
SportPesa Foundation has supported the center with 12 hospital ward beds, Ksh500, 000 towards equipping the maternity unit’s kitchen and PPE kits for health workers in the facility.
“We believe this partnership, which falls under our maternal health pillar will go a long way in empowering this community. As SportPesa, through our foundation, we are committed in supporting maternal health in ensuring that women do not have to travel long distances, or wait for available beds, to get the right health care,” said Milestone SportPesa CEO Captain Ronald Karauri. “SportPesa recognises the sacrifices made every day by our frontline healthcare professionals and these PPE kits are part of our support to these warriors in the fight against Covid-19.”
SportPesa Foundation remains committed to supporting communities in areas of sports & education, maternal health care and ending period poverty by promoting menstrual hygiene projects.
“We are very grateful to SportPesa Foundation for this timely donation. Riruta Health Center has been an outpatient facility providing pre and post-natal care among many other services. However, the Nairobi Metropolitan Service has just completed the building of a maternal wing to enable us to provide full maternal as well as 24-hour services. This donation, to us, is God-sent and will have a huge impact to the large community that we serve,” said Sister Maureen Wachira, the Facility-In-Charge at Riruta Health Center.
The Health facility supports over 300,000 people monthly, within the Riruta area and the neighbouring informal settlement.