As a youngster in Kenya, Mary Wambua was different. Children stayed away from her. “When my friends were going to school and playing together—I was on my own. They said I smelled and didn’t want to get close to me,” says Mary Wambua, 48. Mary had a fistula—an abnormal passage between the bladder and vagina
Linda and Daniel Mulemi’s journey to first-time parenthood began about one year ago, when they were busy working on their event-planning family business.
Purity Kyalo’s first pregnancy did not go well. She went to her first antenatal clinic at five months. The urban health facility in Nairobi, Kenya, had long queues and few health workers. Purity showed up three days in a row before the doctor could check her and her baby. “When it was my turn to