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The Journey from Nursing to Maternal Health Innovation

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This article was written by Lindsay Sanders, Communications and Design Fellow at Jacaranda Health, and originally posted on Jacaranda’s website. 

There are few people in this world who dedicate their lives to serve others. Most of us bounce around from job to job, exploring new industries, discovering which professions we like and dislike. But not Jacaranda Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Faith Muigai. She knew from a young age that she was committed to one cause: empowering women and families to make positive health decisions.

Faith mapped out her professional path to the medical field as a teenager in Kenya. She ambitiously uprooted to the United States when she was 17 years old, working as a nursing assistant to pay her way through college. She quickly rose to the ranks after receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing and Administration, taking on management and leadership roles from leading organizations like John Hopkins University. After a long journey in the states, Faith headed back to her roots in East Africa to use her skills to help the women and families who need it most.

There was an intrinsic motivation to give back. I believe that the change I want to see begins with me and I am at a pivotal time in my life where I am able to apply the tools and resources availed to me to positively impact underserved populations.

 

In 2012, Faith journeyed back to Kenya to join Jacaranda Health as Director of Clinical Operations. Her passion, commitment, and executional excellence fast-tracked her promotion to Chief Medical Officer. In less than four years, she has helped design and operationalize two maternity hospitals that have delivered over 1,000 babies, while also developing the organization’s strategic direction in providing affordable, quality health services in Kenya. Faith is recognized as a maternal health innovator and has garnered the attention of cutting-edge industry experts in Kenya. Last year she was invited to sit on the Kenyan Health Federation Board, and was also nominated to sit on the Hospital Board Committee for Nairobi County.

Not only has Faith helped to bring high-quality, affordable care to thousands of low-income women in Kenya, she’s also using her strong nursing roots to build a nurse leadership network at Jacaranda Health.

I stand proud as a nurse in leadership, proving that our roles are not limited to the bedside. The strength in execution relies on a motivated and engaged team. I’m committed to building structures that increase productivity and ownership in teams, and creating pathways to support vertical progression.

 

Faith came back to Kenya with one mission: to use her skills to positively impact underserved communities. After 15 years in the field, four spent in Kenya, she is still brimming with passion and commitment.

Every day is memorable encounter. I am humbled to be able to positively change the story for expecting mothers in East Africa. I feel that I am making a difference and it feels good.

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