On 9 October 2017, Alloys Namu, Clinical Officer at the Meru Drop-in Service Center (DICE) where HOPE worldwide Kenya offers HIV prevention services was going about his daily duties of serving Key Populations. The Meru DICE is located on the grounds of the Meru District Hospital. All of a sudden the screams of a mother in the throes of labor pains rang from outside the DICE. Josephine was on the ground writhing in pain – the birth of her baby imminent.
“What was I going to do? Our core business at the Meru DICE is working with Key Populations not delivering babies!” narrated Alloys.
He had to think fast. With no other options and the baby insistent on making her way into the world Alloys and his colleagues in the DICE assisted Josephine into the DICE and onto the couch. A few minutes later baby Hope made her grand entrance.
“I named my baby Hope because she was born in a place that gave me hope when I thought I would not make it. I am very grateful for the assistance given to me by the team at the Meru DICE because I was in great need. Thank you and God bless HOPE worldwide Kenya,” said a jovial Josephine.
Staff at Meru DICE with Josephine (middle) and baby Hope
What a day and what team work. We applaud Alloys and his team for their pro-active thinking and helping baby Hope make her way into the world. Mother and baby are doing well. Baby Hope is healthy, is breast feeding, and is up to date with her immunizations.
Thank you Meru Team for going above and beyond. You made the day!