According to a report, the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, made an enormous presentation to Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s initiative known as ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’, giving it a major boost.
Mrs. Kenyatta released this report during the launching of the 3rd Edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon slated for March 6 on Tuesday, at State House.
Based on the campaign’s technical report which analyses the achievements and challenges of the initiative so far, the Nigerian Billionaire, through his company, the Dangote Group, endowed the campaign with three mobile clinics to swell their course.
This donation thus places Dangote’s company as the first on the list of top private sector contributor to the drive apart from British Tullow Oil company which has donated seven clinics to the initiative as indicated by the report.
Following the donations, the foundation offers the well-equipped clinics costing around Sh10 Million to different counties in order to ensure quality health delivery to pregnant women within Kenya so as to end maternal and child deaths.
Through the program, fully equipped mobile maternity clinics have been donated to 32 of Kenya’s 47 counties, containing the medical supplies women need for safe delivery. And the mobile clinics have assisted more than 130,000 Kenyan women and children, according to the U.N. Population Fund.
Margaret Kenyatta, has also been lauded and bestowed with many honours, including being named 2014 United Nation’s Person of the Year in Kenya, thanks to the the program.
The First Lady, while addressing key stakeholders to the initiative, expressed her appreciation to all partners who had joined the drive. She nevertheless lambasted a survey report that named Kenya among the most dangerous countries for a woman to give birth, also calling for more financial support from the private sector.
The Nigerian billionaire and owner of Dangote Group, has interests in commodities. His company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of January 2015, he had an estimated net worth of US$14.1 billion.
He gained approval to prospect for minerals in Kitui County by Kenyan government, adding to a group of companies which has been operating in the country since 2014.