Recent Developments

TIST: Rising carbon price enables more rapid growth of TIST tree growing in Africa and India

Growth of TIST’s pro-poor tree growing activities in sub-Saharan Africa and India has been held back in the past by the low price paid in the informal carbon market for its “high quality” carbon credits. The greater recent awareness of the need to act to address climate change has led to a large increase in 2020 in the price paid to purchase TIST’s carbon credits. The resulting increase in resources has enabled TIST to adopt a more ambitious expansion plan aimed at substantial further increases in the currently 90,000 farmer beneficiaries and the currently 18 million trees grown.


Jacaranda save lives by updating their simple and replicable low cost technology tool to find and track emergency blood sources.

4 October 2021

Jacaranda are cutting operational bottlenecks using low cost technologies to provide real time tracking to source blood supplies by type and number of units preventing postpartum hemorrhage deaths (excessive bleeding after delivery), the most common cause of maternal death in SSA. 

By empowering providers with real-time information, Jacaranda are helping limit the unnecessary, life-threatening delays in clinical emergencies - giving medics more time to do what they do best; getting people better.  Read how Jacaranda are using the potential of digital technologies to radically shift models of care and bring powerful new tools to patients and providers here

Jacaranda Health selected to join Google's AI for Social Good Program!

9 August 2021

Jacaranda are excited to be one of the top 30 projects from over 17 countries across Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa to join the Google AI for Social Good program. They will be working with Dr. Amulya Yadav at Penn State University to expand upon their AI tools that triage and predict risk for mothers on their PROMPTS platform. Read more about AI for Social Good here

Jacaranda's Momentous Milestones!

9 August 2021

Over 500,000 mothers and families reached through PROMPTS!

In Kenya over 33% of the maternal deaths are caused by delays in seeking care. Mothers need to be empowered to seek care at the right time and place. Since 2017, the PROMPTS team has been working hand-in-hand with county government teams to reach as many moms and families as possible, to equip them with tips and information to increase care-seeking during and after pregnancy. This year we crossed the milestone of half a million mothers on PROMPTS. PROMPTS has driven a 20% increase in mothers seeking antenatal care at government hospitals, mothers are twice as likely to take up family planning during the postpartum period, and 83% of mothers who are asked to seek additional care go to the hospital. County governments have begun to share in the costs of PROMPTS.

Q2 2021 DATA OVERVIEW

15 Number of counties enrolled since 2017

357 In-facility mentors trained under EMONC Mentorship Program

25 MILLION Messages sent to Mums since 2017

580 Facilities enrolled since 2018

527,333 PROMPTS Enrollments to date

127,765 Enrollments in Q2, 2021

 

Jacaranda Successfully Scale Government Partnerships supported by EfD funding

9 August 2021

Jacaranda Health delivers solutions through government hospitals, which makes the partnership with county and national stakeholders critical. They secure partnerships and commitments from national and county health departments to promote quality healthcare while utilizing low-cost, high- impact health innovations. A central tenet of their partnership with the government is to eventually transition ownership of Jacaranda solutions to county health system managers. Jacaranda measure ownership by tracking cost-share or cost-transition.  They ask counties to use their health budgets to pay for the launch and operations of programs. This is done by aligning with County Annual Work Plans (AWPs), which in turn allows counties to recognize Jacaranda Health solutions as part of their annual strategic activities. This approach has been very successful, especially for the EmONC mentorship program where Jacaranda have seen different counties budget for their in-facility training methods. After seeing improvements in health facility indicators, several County reproductive health coordinators (RHC) have recommended Jacaranda programs to other RHCs during their workshops and midwifery conferences.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• Engaged 18/47 counties, have formally partnered with 15 counties and are in conversations with another 3 counties. These are the most populous counties representing 60% of the nation’s births

• Most of our partner counties confirmed the inclusion of PROMPTS and mentorship in their Annual Work Plans

• Counties have contributed to the cost of implementing Jacaranda programs, achieving a 60% cost share in 2020.

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CHALLENGE

COVID-19 and the end of significant donor-funded Maternal and Neonatal Health initiatives have tightened county budgets and Jacaranda have been working with county leaders to think about prioritization of low-cost/high impact activities (not just Jacaranda programs) as a means of maintaining maternal and newborn health outcomes.

Jacaranda utilise a mix of digital and in-person training to create the next generation of mentors as they adapt due to Covid-19

21 June 2021

To help curb Covid-19 and adhere to the preventive measures during the pandemic phase, Jacaranda introduced Blended Training enabling them to continue with their mentorship program in the different parts of the country. The training comprises both virtual (remote based learning via zoom) and in person training and takes at least 6 days (3 days for each component). They first launched it in April in Makueni County where they had full mentors participation and results that were comparable to their full in person training program.

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