Despite its commitment to maternal health care, Kenya continues to make slow progression with this regard. With a maternal mortality rate of 488 deaths per 100,000 live births, the country is off track in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal numbers four and five by 2015. Kenya had committed to reduce these deaths to 147 per 100,000 live births by 2015.
In January 2014, Beyond Zero Foundation was formed to partner with the government in reducing maternal and child mortality. Spearheaded by The First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, the Beyond Zero Campaign is part of the initiatives outlined in her strategic framework towards HIV control, promotion of maternal, new born and child health in Kenya.
Through Beyond Zero, the First Lady has been able to deliver 16 Mobile clinics including Taita Taveta, Samburu, Narok, Homa Bay, Baringo, Isiolo, Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Siaya, Kisii, Kiambu, Kitui, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale. According to her "This is only the beginning"
"I am humbled with the recognition that you confer on me today, and I would like to dedicate this award to all of you, the Kenyan men and women who join me every day in the fight to reduce maternal and early childhood deaths .... We are not there yet but we shall get Beyond Zero"
"The Beyond Zero campaign has helped in reducing child mortality in the country.The First Lady Of Kenya has demonstrated that she is the mother of this country on the Beyond Zero campaign."
"The Beyond Zero Campaign can drastically reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Kenya.Women need a safe environment to deliver with the assistance of skilled birth attendants."
"The momentum created by the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Campaign is driving several other important initiatives and changes to policy from a variety of stakeholders to improve Kenya’s MDG 5 report card."
"We support her Beyond Zero Campaign and in fact whenever I get maternal health care cases I refer them to her (First Lady Margaret Kenyatta's )office."