Ipas Africa Alliance recently donated medical equipment to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya. The donation was aimed at expanding the provision of uterine evacuation services by MTRH, enhancing teaching and strengthening the hospital’s capacity to offer safe abortion services that meet the needs of the population the hospital serves: Western Kenya and neighboring East African countries.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Ipas Africa Alliance’s Country Director, Dr. Angela Akol, emphasized that strong collaboration between Ipas and MTRH is critical for the expansion of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, pledging further support to MTRH whenever needed.
“Ipas Africa Alliance has appreciated the partnership with MTRH over the past decade and will continue to support MTRH to become a regional center of excellence for comprehensive abortion care services,” said Dr. Angela.
Over the years, the collaboration between Ipas and MTRH has seen over 250 health care providers trained on quality post-abortion care as well as (VCAT)—a set of Ipas-designed tools to help trainees reflect on their values and attitudes toward abortion and consider the health and community consequences when safe abortion services are not available. This strong partnership between Ipas and MTRH also led to renovation of the Gynecological Ward.
MTRH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wilson Aruasa spoke in appreciation of the continued collaboration between Ipas and MTRH and the shared vision of reducing maternal injuries and deaths from unsafe abortions, saying:
“The equipment donated by Ipas will go a long way in enabling us to improve the quality of abortion care services to women and girls from the over 22 counties in Kenya and the East African Countries (Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan) that MTRH serves.”