With a staff of 30 professionals and volunteers, the Ruben Centre Health Clinic offers curative, promotive, preventative and rehabilitative services to the people of the Mukuru Community in Nairobi, Kenya. The Maternal and Child Health Programme at the centre focuses on pre-natal and ante-natal medical care, nutrition support and health education for expectant mothers and their children.
At present the clinic offers a comprehensive range of health services to the entire community of Mukuru. This includes general outpatient and curative services, immunizations, HIV testing and counselling, dental services, a nutrition clinic and the Lea Toto programme, which provides holistic care to HIV positive children and their families.
In 2013, the Ruben Centre Maternal Child Health Support Programme was set up at the Ruben Health Clinic to address the community's poor maternal, neonatal, and child health by aiming to reduce infant and maternal mortality, improve health and nutrition of families, and provide health education. After a successful pilot project, the initiative was fully integrated into the primary healthcare programme at the centre.
Open to all women in the Mukuru community, it provides assistance to pregnant mothers during their last trimester, and the first six months of their child’s life. High rates of malnutrition and inadequate intake of the necessary vitamins and minerals required for a healthy baby are common amongst the population of Mukuru. This is a largely due to lack of finances, education and support. Mothers are given healthcare assistance and nutritional education, as well as medical and personal support. To counter malnutrition in young babies, at risk mothers are given nutritional supplementation during their last trimester and first six months of their child’s life. Mothers and babies are also supported throughout the early years through vaccinations and screening for childhood diseases.
In May 2018, the Birthing Unit at the Ruben Centre was opened to provide 24/7 free, safe and dignified birthing experiences for the mothers of the Mukuru community.