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Baby Born In Meru DICE

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Alloys Namu and Josephine at the Meru DICE where baby Hope was born Alloys Namu and Josephine at the Meru DICE where baby Hope was born Alloys Namu

The Nurses strike that lasted 5 months came to an end in November 2017. When the announcement was made, the Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako regretted the protracted strike which exposed ordinary Kenyans to pain and suffering and apologized to the patients who had to bear the burden of the industrial action. (https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2017/11/five-months-nurses-strike-called-off/). Josephine was expecting her bundle of joy, unsure of what would happen when the time came to deliver her baby since the nurses strike was ongoing at the Meru District Hospital where she was to deliver.

On 9th October 2017, Alloys Namu, Clinical Officer at the Meru Drop-in 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!

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