Mother to Mother Project

This program aims to sustainably enhance women’s health seeking behaviors and selfcare abilities by supporting community health workers. This program has also supported building a maternal ward and a general ward to provide in-patient care for mothers.
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  • This project aims to contribution to the reduction of maternal and child mortality and develop a sustainable community for the wellbeing of mother and children.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Since 2015, Shionogi has worked with World Vision, an international cooperation NGO, to reduce the child and maternal mortality of Kenya (the First Term Project, 2015-2021). This project is operated with donations from Shionogi and employees.

As COVID-19’s far-reaching influence continues to impact the international community, access to healthcare has become increasing difficult in low- & middle-income countries. To build a sustainable society, it is necessary to create a favorable environment for the next generation of children to grow healthy. The Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project aims to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by protecting mothers and children from preventable mortality and strengthening healthcare services systems.

In the second Term Project in Kilifi County, Republic of Kenya (2020-2023), with the cooperation of Panasonic Holdings Co., Ltd., we have installed a solar panel at one of the clinics we have supported, with the aim of providing stable medical services. Through Collective Impact, we will continue to work towards improving access to healthcare and achieving UHC in Africa.

Results and milestones


  • To develop sustainable community for the well-being of mothers and children.
  • To improve pregnant and lactating women and children under 5 years’ health


In the First Term Project in Narok County, the Republic of Kenya (2015-2021), the Project built healthcare facilities and water hygiene infrastructure, as well as providing education to local health personnel and residents. These activities led to local residents’ greater understanding of the importance of healthcare services, resulting in an increase in the number of people visiting health facilities by 1.8 times compared to that before the Project started and a rise in the percentage of childbirth in healthcare facilities from 4% to 47%. The full vaccination coverage of infants aged 12 to 23 months also improved, enabling more people to receive healthcare services.

Access to wells during the dry season has also improved with the construction of water supply facilities and education on hygiene for residents. The percentage of people washing their hands with soap and exclusively breastfeeding has also increased, while the frequency of detecting E.coli in households both in and around water sources has improved by 66%.

Cumulative number of patients who received medical services: 105,522 persons (clinics), 21,728 persons (mobile clinic) (2015-2021)

Number of members in Mother-to-Mother groups*: 504 persons (2015-2021)

* Activity in which mothers in each region form groups and teach each other about maternal and child health and nutrition (peer education)

Geographic Reach
Disease Area
  • Women’s and Child Health
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Target Population
  • Children
  • Women
Partner organizations
Global NGOs

Through World Vision, we are able to contact and directly confirm the needs of the target area and implement our programs. World Vision implements the programs and report to Shionogi to track the improvement and progress of the project in the target area.

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