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Esnart Mwenendeka with her children

UK Aid Match 2 - maternal health in Kenya and Malawi

Our UK Aid Match 2 programme closed in May 2018

Our UK Aid Match 2 programme, improving maternal and new-born health for vulnerable women and babies in Kenya and Malawi, closed in May 2018.

The UK Aid Match appeal funds were used to improve maternal and new-born health for vulnerable women and babies by increasing demand for, access to, and uptake of health services in Isiolo County, Kenya and Karonga District Malawi.

What we achieved


Our three main approaches to making pregnancy safer included:

  1. Ensuring access to health services and newborn care essentials.
  2. Encouraging a behaviour change in men.
  3. Challenging harmful practices, such as early marriage.

Gind out more about how we reached 27,000 people in Malawi, explained further through our Data Stories approach

Through DataStories, we capture stories through words, photographs, film and data.


This collection of case studies presents an insight into how Christian Aid’s UK Aid Match programme is improving the lives of girls, pregnant women and mothers in rural Kenya.

Key information


Kenya, Malawi


April 2015 to May 2018

Programme value:

£3 million raised by the 2014 Christian Aid Christmas appeal and match funded by UK aid

Target population:

980,264 beneficiaries

Implementing partners:

  • Kenya: Kenya Anglican Development Services of Mt Kenya, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness
  • Malawi: Adventist Health Services, Foundation for Community Support Services

Consortium partners:

United Reformed Church (URC) and the Church Times

Funded by:

UK aid

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Reports and resources

From Traditional Birth Attendants to "Mother Companions"

How traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in Malawi are being retrained to ensure mother's can access skilled care.

Stories of change from Karonga District

Christian Aid and our partners in Malawi are implementing a three year UK Aid Match (UKAM) project to improve maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes.

Maternal health in Isiolo County: stories of change from Kenya

This collection of case studies presents an insight into how Christian Aid’s UK Aid Match programme is improving the lives of girls, pregnant women

Find out more

Sing for your supper


Christian Aid has been working in Malawi for almost 20 years. Our projects have focused mainly on resilience, disaster risk response and health, including maternal and child health and HIV treatment and prevention.
Faith and her family in Kenya


We believe that unjust power relations are at the centre of poverty, so we aim ensure communities are able to understand and exercise their rights to health services, engage in inclusive markets, and be resilient to climate-related risks.
Mother and child at a Malawi clinic

Data stories in Malawi

Compared with their mothers’ generation, women in Malawi are at far less risk of dying during or after pregnancy. See the data behind the stories.
A community health nurse uses a stethoscope to examine a young woman.

Community health

Our health work includes nutrition, malaria, HIV, and maternal and child health. We aim to secure people's rights to services essential for healthy lives.
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