Focus on women
and girls

The importance of women and girls

Investing in women and girls, through education, safe water or providing better access to maternal care is part of the same goal: to support positive change in the communities where we work. We see these as opportunities, not costs.


On International Women’s Day in 2018, LifeStraw’s parent company, Vestergaard opened the doors of a donated 12-bed maternity ward in western Kenya’s Lurambi Sub-County. The ward, equipped with technologies previously unavailable in this region of Kenya, will provide high quality maternal and neonatal healthcare to the rural women of this community. The opening of the Emusanda Maternity Ward signals Vestergaard and LifeStraw’s long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of this community, and its long-standing relationship with the government of Kenya.


The maternity ward was donated 10 years after Vestergaard’s initial work in this community implementing an integrated prevention campaign: providing voluntary testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS with the distribution of a CarePack of health tools (bednets, water filters, condoms and educational materials). More than 49,000 people received counseling and testing within a 7 day period. Due to the higher than expected rates of HIV infection identified during this campaign, Vestergaard provided further support to the Government of Kenya and the local community by building Emusanda Health Clinic and Comprehensive Care Center which provides primary care services and HIV care.