Each year countless mothers and babies die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth around the world. Even worse, is that millions of children die before the age of five around the world due to disease and malnutrition. In Kenya these death rates are still high. The majority of these deaths are preventable with the right medical care, education and nutrition. We want to help reduce and prevent unnecessary deaths. This is why we wanted to be the initiators of our project for building the Kenswed Hospital in cooperation with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation and Rejlers.
We are happy to announce that the doors to the Kenswed Hospital have been opened since June 2019! The Kenswed Hospital is built in the town Ngong in Kenya, 20 minutes outside Nairobi and built on land donated by elite Kenyan runner Isaac Macharia Wanjohi. Our hospital with maternity care is very essential in Kenya, as for every 1 woman that dies in Sweden during childbirth, 137 women die in Kenya. For every 1 baby that dies during childbirth in Sweden, 16 babies die in Kenya. Our goal is to reduce these statistics and provide a safe place for women to give birth as 40 million women around the world give birth to babies at home without any help. At the hospital we will provide prenatal (before birth) and antenatal (post-birth) care to women, as well as general health care to the public. We will also offer educational workshops surrounding different topics such as sexual education to youth and family planning. It is known that when pregnancies are spread out with at least three years in between children, each baby has almost twice as much chance of surviving their first year and 35% increased chance of experiencing their fifth birthday. When women are given the opportunity to plan their pregnancies, they are more likely to continue their education, get a job to earn income and raise healthy children. Our goal is to provide the best medical care possible in Kenyan standards to everyone that walks through our doors.
We are proud to say that we support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3 – “Good health and well being” and Goal #8 – “Decent work and economic growth” with the project Kenswed Hospital. By involving ourselves in health care and providing good jobs for our staff, we contribute towards these goals. The United Nations Members States adopted a set of goals in 2015, to accomplish by 2030 with the goal to end poverty, protect the planet and allow people to enjoy peace everywhere. They have a set of 17 goals that surround these topics. Our goal is that through the Kenswed Hospital we can contribute to reaching these goals by 2030.
Enjoy this short film about the Kenswed Hospital. Film by, Tomas Johansson.
Babies born at Kenswed Hospital
The benefits of Kenswed Hospital is that they offer great maternity care! Not only do they provide prenatal and post natal, they also provide a safe place for mothers to give birth at. During 2020 there have been 8 babies born at Kenswed Hospital. All mothers and babies were safe and healthy during and after the delivery. Please meet the babies born this year!
Baby #1: Brave
Born: January 11, 2020
Weight: 2.5 kg
Baby #2: Sophie
Born: March 17, 2020
Weight: 3.1 kg
Baby #3: Vanessa
Born: April 28, 2020
Weight: 2.7 kg
Baby #4: Ariella
Born: July 6, 2020
Weight: 3.1 kg
Baby #5: Louise
Born: July 11, 2020
Weight: 3.17 kg
Baby #6: Mashael
Born: July 14, 2020
Weight: 3.34 kg
Baby #7: Karen
Born: July 15, 2020
Weight: 3.18 kg
Baby #8: Isaac
Born: July 15, 2020
Weight: 2.47 kg
Baby #9: Aarafa
Born: July 20, 2020
Weight: 3.38 kg
Baby #10: Bernice
Born: July 21, 2020
Weight: 2.8 kg
Baby #11: Abigail
Born: October 29, 2020
Weight: 3.4 kg
Baby #12: Jovinna Maina
Born: December 1, 2020
Weight: 4.4 kg
Baby #13: Myles
Born: December 20, 2020
Weight: 3.4 kg
Baby #14: Supeyo
Born: December 20, 2020
Weight: 3.0 kg
Baby #15: Ricki
Born: December 26, 2020
Weight: 3.5 kg
Baby #16: Luis
Born: December 28, 2020
Weight: 2.8 kg
Baby #17: Levis
Born: January 4, 2021
Weight: 2.5 kg
Fifth trip to Kenya – February 2020
We were very happy to return to Kenya and follow up on the Kenswed Hospital since it has been open for 7 months. In those months the Kenswed Hospital has seen 1 048 patients. We were thrilled to learn more about the first mother to give birth at the clinic in January. Whitney who is 20 years old, gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Brave. He was born on January 11 and weighing 2.7kg. Whitney said she found our clinic by walking by one day when she was 7-months pregnant and decided to step inside for a check up as she felt it looked clean and the staff were friendly and welcoming. She continued to do her check ups at Kenswed Hospital because “the staff really took their time with me which me feel seen and cared for”. Whitney said “giving birth at Kenswed Hospital was the best experience of my life.”
The staff continue to give excellent care to each patient. We anticipate to see a rise in maternity care and patient numbers in the coming months with further marketing to the public.
Fourth trip to Kenya – July/August 2019
It was amazing to see that the Kenswed Hospital was open and had been running for one month. We had employed eight members of staff who we had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know. They wanted the chance to give back to others, what they once did not receive as well as working in a maternity atmosphere. Everything in the clinic is well organised and well kept. All of the medical equipment and furniture from the shipping container we sent to Kenya in 2018 was unloaded and set up throughout the clinic where needed. We helped contribute with a few items still needed such as a washing machine, printer, heaters, hand sanitiser, gloves, cleaning products, toilet paper, blankets, bed sheets and office supplies. After speaking to the staff they informed us that in the one month of being open they had treated 255 persons and after the month of August they had treated 304 people. It was a wonderful feeling to see patients coming to be treated and then receiving their needed medicine from our pharmacy. In the pharmacy they have many different types of medicine such as antibiotics, ointments, malaria tablets, bandages, deworming medication and much more. Our staff has already admitted pregnant mothers where one is due to give birth in five weeks. They are working hard to get the last items needed to provide safe births with the right equipment for mothers and their babies. The laboratory is equipped to perform 70% of tests, such as blood grouping, malaria quick tests, HIV quick tests and testing for Hepatitis B. This means our laboratory technician can get results for the patient within 15 minutes.
Please meet our wonderful staff at the Kenswed Hospital.
Clinical Officer – Joyceline Wanjiru Mwangi
Nurse – Alice Muthoni
Nurse – Jackline Mbithe Kilonzi
Laboratory Technician – Esther Wanjiku Mahugu
Pharmacist – Margaret Sassini
Receptionist – Mboya Samuel Odhiambo
Cleaner – Ruth Wangui
Security – Charles Nderitu
Third trip to Kenya – November 2018
We traveled back to Kenya to follow up the building process and hold the inauguration of the building that is built so far. Since our last visit in September, the building now has completed walls, a roof, plastered walls, septic tank/placenta pit/incinerator are completed, and the windows have been installed. Plumbing and electricity have been put in, so that in the future they can be connected. While here on this visit, the ceiling and glass has been installed into the window frames. We felt very happy to provide the construction workers with a good hardy lunch again, to show our gratitude for their very hard work!
We were so happy and thrilled to celebrate the inauguration of the Kenswed Hospital on November 8. Many of the surrounding local people came to show to their support. Mäns Zelmerlöw, Jonas Björkman, Lisa Rejler, Isaac Macharia, Monica Hellström, Michael Hjelmaker the Deputy Ambassador from the Swedish Embassy, board members from the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, and board members from Global Relations. Speeches were held by the are Chief Jimmy Githiga, Sophie Lööf, Michael Hjelmaker and Lisa Rejler. Entertainment was provided by Måns Zelmerlöw with his song “Heroes” and a dance by the Masaai people. We unveiled the sign to the health center, and cut the cake for everyone to share. Everyone joined in for a walk through of the building to see all of the rooms, and then continued up the hill to Kenswed Academy. It was a very happy and great day with everyone. It felt special to share it with so many people, and we cannot wait until the day the clinic doors are open to the public!
Second trip to Kenya – September 2018
During September 2018, we went to Kenya for our 2nd trip. We followed up on the building process of the Kenswed Hospital While there, the septic tank hole was dug, the concrete slab was laid, and the walls of the clinic were built. It was a great experience to see the beginning progress of the building.
First trip to Kenya – March 2018
During March 2018 we went to Kenya for the first time with Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation and Gnosjöglobal Association. While there we broke the first ground together with Måns Zelmerlöw, elite Kenyan runner Isaac Macharia and Monica Hellström. It was such a happy moment, as this was the beginning for something greater!
Cooperation with Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation
We are building the Kenswed Hospital in close cooperation with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, Global Relations and Rejlers. We have decided that it is beneficial to build the Kenswed Hospital in Ngong, Kenya as the ZB Foundation has existing projects next door to where the Kenswed Hospital is built. These two projects are the Kenswed Academy which is a secondary school for young people in the Nariobi slum areas, and a boarding facility for 54 homeless teenage girls. As well they have a project in Uganda where they work to get vulnerable young boys off of the streets and they give support to the Star for Life projects in South Africa. We are so happy and grateful that we have the opportunity to work alongside ZB Foundation to create an educational, safe and clean place for mothers, babies and the local people to receive medical care!
Blog posts - Kenswed Hospital
by Sophie Lööf
We are pleased to announce that two new babies were born at Kenswed Hospital yesterday! Both babies and their mothers are in good health! What a great new addition to the world for this holiday…
As the battle against COVID-19 continues, Kenswed Hospital has continued to adapt, help and work hard towards protecting the public. In Kenya the need for isolation rooms continues to rise with the increase of cases.…
The hospital is running great in Kenya! Since opening the hospital in July we have been able to treat an astonishing 667 patients. We have treated for numerous ailments such as upper respiratory tract infections,…
It felt like Christmas Day returning to the finished health clinic. We had such an excited and anticipating feeling in the car ride down. The building looked so nice and the professionalism and team spirit…
We are so happy to announce that as of June 29, the health clinic we built together with Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation and Rejlers is officially opened. Their first few patients were the Kenswed Academy…
On March 30, we held a charity concert in Mariestad where Carola, Måns Zelmerlöw, Sebastian Tadros and Nira Hindocha performed. Amazingly we were able to raised SEK 287 600:- during the night! We are so…
Finally the day has come that we have all been waiting for, inauguration day! It was such a special and happy filled day! There were speeches made, ribbon cutting, cake, a walk through tour, entertainment…
This morning Monica Hellström from Gnosjöglobal and her volunteer Carolina who is a nurse from Sweden joined Niklas and I, Dean and Mungai to take some items out of the shipping container that we sent…
This morning we visited the building site, where the construction workers were continuing with putting glass in the window frames, and also making great progress with the ceiling throughout the building. I was very impressed…
The building construction continued on today with the workers finishing up small parts on the walls, putting the glass into the window frames and also the start on the ceiling throughout the building. They start…
Today we, Lööf Foundation representative Morgan Young and filmmaker Niklas Bergman from Gothenburg are traveling to Kenya! We are so excited to travel there and attend the inauguration for the Kenswed Martenity & Health Center.…
Today I had the great pleasure of visiting some of the local people living nearby the building site for our Kenswed Maternity & Health Center. We wanted to understand better the struggles that the people…
This afternoon Monica and I went to the Kenswed Academy to hold our workshops. Our workshops support UN goal #3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Our workshops taught…
We started the project of building a maternity and health center together with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation and Rejlers earlier this year. We traveled there in February to break the first ground. The building…
UN goal #3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages We are building the Kenswed Maternity & Health Center together with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation and Rejlers. The center…
At 10:00 this morning we went live on TV4's program Malou von Siver's "Efter Tio" with Måns Zelmerlöw and Jonas Björkman from the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation. We spoke about our cooperation in our project,…
BIG NEWS!! Tune in tomorrow on TV4 at 10:00 to see Sophie, Måns Zelmerlöw and Jonas Björkman from the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation on TV4's program Malou von Sivers "Efter Tio". We will speak about…
Monica and Simon’s Diary – March 13, 2018 This morning we went running with Kasper Skarrie, the General Secretary of ZB Foundation. We ran together with coach Joe Jesse and elite runners from Japan, Sweden…
Simon's Diary - March 11, 2018 I flew in overnight, landing in Kenya around 4pm. After clearing immigration, I met Sophie Lööf outside with our driver Edward from Glory Safari. We were soon underway, and…
We are so happy to announce and present our newest project that we are engaged in! Together with the The Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, we are building a Maternity & Health clinic in Kenya. The Maternity…
We are so happy to announce and present our newest project that we are engaged in! Together with the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation, we are building a Maternity & Health clinic in Kenya. The Maternity…