Kenya Diaper Bank is an initiative aimed at empowering mothers and caregivers with young children by provision of diapers. Inspired by witnessing a myriad of challenges those women more so rural and urban poor go through, the founder thought it wise to empower mothers and other care providers
unable to afford diapers by provision of diapers and eventually helping mothers in other spheres so that
they can enjoy motherhood.
Often, diapers cost about KSh 30 per piece making it unaffordable. On average, a child may need 6-8 diapers a day. With most families living below a dollar this is not affordable. Putting food on the table becomes the immediate need compared to buying diapers that may not be considered immediate as
caregivers resort to alternatives such as old clothing. Secondly, lack of pampers has a lot of socio-
economic implications. Mothers cannot dress their young ones well as they embark on income generating activities as some resort to staying at home instead. In some cases, mothers leave the young ones undressed which becomes a health risk or even overstaying with the diapers leading to rashes
Welcome and thank you for visiting our website to learn about Kenya Diaper Bank Network. Families are often combated with the hard decision of choosing between buying diapers and meeting other household needs. The cost of diapers can be up to Ksh6, 000 per month making it difficult to afford as it competes with other household needs. Leaving children with diapers leads to health problems such as irritation, poor feeding, diaper rash, infections, irritability and difficulty in mother-child attachment. Additionally, leaving children in diapers longer between changes can cause the child to cry until the diaper is changed. Studies have also shown that caregivers tend to leave babies with diapers for long during periods of economic depression. Yet again not being able to afford diapers has been known to be a cause of depression in mothers. A study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found a link between maternal depressive symptoms and diaper need.
Inspired by the experiences of new mothers combated with diaper need and impact of the National Diaper Bank Network, Kenya Diaper Bank Network was born. This organization therefore hopes to help address and alleviate challenges surrounding in affordability of diapers. The organization seeks to reduce the pain and hard choices that caregivers have to make due to inability to afford diapers such as incapacity to participate in income generating activities or being unable to send their children for daycare as they engage in income generation activities.
To support households meet baby hygiene and empower women socially and economically so as to meet diaper and other household needs
To avert the delicate choice between buying diapers and food
Diaper need Awareness
Baby Hygiene and Reduced Diaper Rash infections
Growth in immunization enrollment rates
Legislation and incentives promoting diapers
Affordable diapers manufacture(job creation and affordable diapers)