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From Japan to Africa, connecting mothers through health

The maternal mortality rate in Africa is 77 times* more than of Japan, in which the environment exposes unimaginable difficulties to give birth and raise children.
Mother to Mother Shionogi Project supports the vitality of mothers in Japan, while a portion of the proceeds from the sales of PoponS series is donated to support the health of mothers and children in Africa.

*Retrieved from WHO「Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013」



The fundamental policy of Shionogi is dedicated to assist the health of people. "Mother to Mother SHIONOGI Project" embodies the vision to enhance the vitality of children by supporting the health of mothers in Japan and globally which will continue to sustain the prosperity of the society.

Actions to support of global mothers

‘Mother to Mother’ project, strive to contribute in an effort to reduce infant, child, and maternal mortality rate in Kenya through the portion of the sales proceeds, along with the donations received from Shionogi Social Contribution and Support Association, and local support from International NGO, ‘World Vision’.

*For more information about World Vision, please visit (http://www.wvi.org/)

Support activities in the region

Project location:
Ilaramatak (Ospuko tribe), Narok County, Republic of Kenya
Project population:
14,612 people, which includes 2440 children under 5 years old and 3,507 reproductive-age women.

Data about maternal and child heath Kenya1) Narok County1) Ospok Tribe2)
Rate of prenatal care(more than 4 times)(%) 57.6 46.0 22.6
Rate of skilled attendant present during birth (%) 61.8 40.3 9.4
Birth rate in heath facility (%) 61.2 38.6 9.4
Wasting rate (%) 4.0 2.4 10.9
Underweight rate (%) 11.0 11.6 22.9

Various indicators show that maternal and child health in Kenya is lower than the entire country’s average.

Current state of the region
  • ・Lack of available hospitals, quantity and quality of services.
  • ・Lack of cooperation from Community Health Workers and hospitals.
  • ・Insufficient skills of Community Health Workers and lack of knowledge among local residents.
  • ・Gender inequality, and others

1) Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014
2) Activity Report by Ilaramatak regional development program based on the data of the local health facility

In collaboration with World Vision Japan, International NGO.

Current state of the region

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