Dr Jemimah Kariuki won the WHO Director-General’s Award for Global Health 2021 for her pristine contribution to maternal and child health during a global pandemic.
Dr Kariuki is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in gynecology and obstetrics at the University of Nairobi. She founded ‘The Wheels of Life’ company that helps women in labour or under emergencies to get to the hospital. She has since helped over a hundred thousand women deliver successfully with 98% success rate.
“Wheels for Life was a project I founded in response to cries from women who I noted were dying from preventable causes or were coming with complications at the peak of the pandemic because they lacked the means to reach hospitals, especially during the curfew hours imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19,” said Dr Kariuki while accepting the award via a video conference on Monday.
Handing her the award was WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who said, “Congratulations to Kariuki, recipient of the WHO Director-General’s Award for Global Health 2021 in recognition of your contribution to advancing global health.”
Honoured to present @WHO Special Award to Dr Jemimah Kariuki from 🇰🇪, for her years of work on maternal and child health, preventive medicine, and public health advocacy. Huge thanks for all your outstanding work to save and improve lives! #WHA74 pic.twitter.com/6q6wTAsb7e
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) May 26, 2021