Strength of a Woman: Christine Maweu

Most newborn deaths are preventable, yet Kenya currently has few nurses who are specifically trained in nursing of sick newborns in health facilities. Rural areas are particularly challenged with lack of equipment and personnel, and in such areas committed and passionate professionals are key in reducing infant mortality. In Kitui district hospital, a humble nurse has won global and local awards for her efforts in saving the lives of newborns. On “Strength of a Woman” tonight, we feature nurse Christine Maweu Sammy, who started a newborn unit in Kitui from scratch and has helped reduce infant mortality in the hospital from 50 percent to below 10 percent.

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