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 of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency 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.
The campaign has acquired and launched 47 Beyond Zero Mobile clinics including Taita Taveta, Samburu, Narok, Homa Bay, Baringo, Isiolo, Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Siaya, Kisii, Kiambu, Kitui, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Nyeri, Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kakamega, Kajiado, Kisumu, Nakuru, Bungoma, Meru, West Pokot, Makueni, Bomet, Machakos, Mandera, Embu, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Migori, Trans Nzoia, Garissa, Lamu, Vihiga, Busia, Kirinyaga, Tana River, Nandi, Muranga and Nairobi
The First Lady of Kenya revealed that the financial support received from friends, relatives and development partners has enabled the campaign to purchase the initial 20 mobile clinics. The campaign has acquired and launched 47 Beyond Zero Mobile clinics in 47 counties.