M-PESA Foundation has partnered with the Kenya Red Cross to assist 3,000 families affected by floods in Nairobi, Tana River and Kisumu counties. The Foundation has set aside Ksh. 30 million towards its flood response efforts, where it will distribute food hampers, tents for shelter, treated mosquito nets, blankets, and soap.

In Nairobi County, the Kenya Red Cross, Zuri Health, and the county government will set up four mobile clinics to address health concerns. The partnership will support 1,000 families in each of the affected counties.

Over the years, Safaricom, through its Foundations, has previously been involved in flood response efforts. Last year, the telco distributed supplies in Nyandarua, Homa Bay and Wajir counties, while in 2020, it supported residents in Tana River, Isiolo, Lamu and Baringo counties.

“We have partnered with Kenya Red Cross again in response efforts to address the plight of communities that have been displaced and affected by the ongoing floods in the country. We are distributing supplies to support the well-being of communities in the three counties even as the Meteorological Department warns of more rains likely to cause adverse impacts on communities,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.

Last month, the M-PESA Foundation launched Uzazi Salama, a maternal health services initiative, in partnership with Amref Health Africa and the County Government of Kilifi. The Ksh. 225 million program is set to impact about 500,000 people in Kilifi County.

The three-year program aims to improve access to maternal health services in Kilifi county. This includes setting up medical infrastructure and building the capacity of health workers to enhance service delivery. The program also aims to strengthen reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health outcomes (RMNCAH) for mothers and children.