Model & Strategy

Jacaranda Health’s mission is to change the way that maternity care is provided in Africa. The World Health Organization estimates that maternal mortality can be reduced by 75% with access to decent quality maternity care. Jacaranda is building a network of clinics to provide world-class care for low-income women, delivering clinical, technology, and business innovations designed with mothers in mind. The model consists of mobile clinics and small maternity hospitals which make care accessible and affordable in urban areas. Revenues from clients sustain the operating costs of the network.

Jacaranda’s goal is to become the largest provider of maternity care in the region, and a laboratory for innovation in health that influences policymakers, funders, and health providers globally. To date, they have built a world-class team, developed critical partnerships and support within Kenya, sparked the interest of the global maternal health community and received awards for their business model.

At a Glance
Founded: 2010
Founder & Executive Director: Nick Pearson
Health
Location of work: International, Africa
Jacaranda Health
San Francisco, CA
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Meet Nick Pearson

Nick Pearson, Founder and Executive Director of Jacaranda Health, has worked at the intersection of business and global health in East Africa, Vietnam, and India. Prior to founding Jacaranda, he was in Kenya for the Acumen Fund investing in businesses serving the urban poor.  There he met his wife, an OB/GYN working in Western Kenya, who described to him her friend’s death during childbirth – which could have been easily avoided with better care. He set out to launch Jacaranda Health and bring business savvy and scalability to maternal health. Nick is a Rainer Arnolds Fellow, a Brian Maxwell Fellow and an Ashoka Changemaker.

IMPACT

Jacaranda works with a growing number of county partners to improve maternal and newborn outcomes in public sector hospitals—improving nurse obstetric skills and empowering mothers to seek health through mobile tools. In 2019, they grew to work in over 100 health facilities across Kenya, which collectively deliver over 70, 000 babies a year. Additionally, they have enrolled 80,000 pregnant women in their mobile health program. Research (including an RCT) has demonstrated that their tools have a significant impact on the quality of care for mothers in partner facilities – including health-seeking behavior among mothers, nurse performance, and health outcomes such as infant mortality and reductions in postpartum hemorrhage. In a move toward government ownership and sustainability, county partners are already covering over 45% of the operating costs of Jacaranda’s mentorship programs.

In their own facilities, Jacaranda Health has cared for over 50,000 mothers and impacted the lives of 50,000 family members. In 2019, Jacaranda has experienced exceptional outcomes for quality of care: 100% maternal survival and 99% infant survival rate, 90% exclusive breastfeeding rates, 50%+ uptake of postpartum family planning, and 60% fewer complications than nearby hospitals.

  • RT @USAID: We partnered w/local org @JacarandaKenya to support women ⬆️ access to quality care through digital technology. One mother said,…
  • RT @GlobalDevLab: Mothers in every corner of the world play critical roles in our families, societies, economies, and our lives. Learn how…
  • 'Because of #PROMPTS, I was able to recognize the pain I was feeling wasn't normal and realized I needed further ca… https://t.co/ITeReeUzpO
  • 'Mums need competent providers. But they also deserve respectful care. We know that if we improve our attitudes to… https://t.co/wU1cBN1Fmp
  • RT @pythonairobi: Jay Patel,Head of Technology @jacarandakenya will also be in the house to talk about Using AI to help mothers in Kenya ge…
  • RT @ELMAPhilanthro: Strengthening the education & training of midwives is key to addressing maternal & infant mortality. Fully educated m…
  • TOMORROW. Our Founder & Co-Executive Director Nick Pearson joins a global panel of experts to discuss the unfinishe… https://t.co/i8wPWngagi
  • RT @okoro_dan: @UNFPAKen congratulates @jacarandakenya for their contributions in ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths @MoH
  • Delighted to have received the Award of Excellence in Advancing Maternal & Child Health at this year's @QHKAwards,… https://t.co/0SgQkfgQrb
  • RT @ImpactAlpha: Impact Voices: Founder @nickpearson99 explains how a unique business structure that aligned leadership and capital needs…
  • RT @innovationsinhc: On today's #WorldHealthDay we want to acknowledge all our amazing partners around the globe working to expand access t…
  • RT @DrSam_Oti: 🎉🎊 Brand new month, brand new episode of #MedxTekAfrica with Sathy Rajasekharan, Exec. Director @jacarandakenya We talk abou…
  • In the latest #InnovatorSpotlight Series, @CynthiaKah speaks to @innovationsinhc about our evolution as an organiza… https://t.co/bIYxSMUc3F
  • Tune into this week's edition of #MedxTekAfrica to hear our Co-Executive Director Dr. Sathy Rajasekharan sharing in… https://t.co/QveqmZ6eIp
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  • RT @LSTM_Kenya: 🗣️"Through our experience implementing a mentorship program, we collaborated with other MNH actors like @MANI_QC and @jacar…