First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today received accolades for championing women and children health through her initiatives including the Beyond Zero campaign.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Global Executive Director Henrietta Fore, who met the First Lady at the sidelines of the 2018 summit of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, said she deserves commendation for her work. Ms Fore said UNICEF is ready to partner with the First Lady in galvanising support for maternal, new-born and child healthcare through the Beyond Zero initiative. The UNICEF boss thanked the First Lady for championing causes that uplift the lives of women and children, as well as her passion for wildlife conservation. “You are a wonderful role model with the right spirit and we would like you to consider being our global champion for maternal and new-born children’s health through OAFLA’’ said Ms Fore. She said the First Lady’s passion for ending maternal and child deaths is something that can be emulated by other African First Ladies. A key topic in the meeting was to explore collaboration in championing the cause of young people through the ‘Generation Unlimited’ program endorsed by President Kenyatta and which will be launched on 24th September at this year’s United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. The First Lady expressed interest in supporting UNICEF’s work in maternal and child health through her Beyond Zero Initiative as well as galvanising support from Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA). ‘‘We thank you for what you have done in the past and look forward for more collaboration. I look forward to working with you in your next visit to Kenya and will support your global healthcare interventions for mothers and child,” said First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. She said the Beyond Zero 2nd Strategic Framework commits to work closely with community health workers as well as nurses through support for specialised training. We also intend to seek more support and advocate for children living with disabilities. The First Lady said UNICEF has been a supporter of the Beyond Zero initiative as well as Kenya’s wider efforts to promote maternal and child health care.