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Women belonging to the emerging middle class in Kenya’s big cities do not have sufficient maternity leave, education or support to ensure healthy nutrition through pregnancy and until their baby is 6 months old (Who Recommendation).

Nutricia aims to raise awareness among mothers and professionals about the specific needs of a baby during the first 1,000 days of its life. 

With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Nutricia ELN and its partner Amref set up an Institute that delivers a Ministry of Health-accredited perinatal care diploma to unemployed nurses, including training in entrepreneurship and giving nutritional guidance. This network of entrepreneur midwives provides relevant health information, facilitates access to health facilities and empowers pregnant women and new mums to make the right choices for their baby and themselves. The program includes high-tech resources such as e-learning, mobile apps and mobile monitoring.


“Kissmee” contributes to babies’ healthier development through the empowerment of pregnant women and mums and through access to appropriate perinatal services. It also creates jobs for midwives.  

Nutrica is raising awareness among mums and healthcare professionals around the specific needs of a baby during its first 1,000 days of life and is also developing new kinds of relationships with HCPs.

General interest 
This project contributes to improving babies’ health in Kenya.