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    Kenya: First Lady wins prestigious Eastern Africa lifetime achievement award

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been awarded the prestigious Eastern Africa Lifetime Achievement Award for her relentless efforts to stop preventable maternal and newborn deaths in the country through her ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative.

    The recognition also considered the First Lady's sustained efforts towards the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, an intervention that has led to a significant reduction of new transmissions among newborn babies.

     The First Lady received the award from the EY Group during the organization’s Eastern Africa Chapter Entrepreneur Of the Year Award (EOY) 2018 gala dinner held in Nairobi on Wednesday night  

     EY's chief executive officer Gitahi Gachachi described the First Lady as a global icon whose efforts had touched millions of Kenyans.

    The EY Lifetime Achievement Award is a special honour that recognizes individuals who have successfully initiated unique interventions that end up touching many lives in a special way, like Beyond Zero which has impacted the health of many mothers and children across Kenya.

    “I humbly accept the 2018 EY Eastern Africa Life Time Achievement award with profound gratitude.  
 
“Thank you for the recognition you have extended to me. At the heart of this award is the recognition of Beyond Zero,” said Ms. Kenyatta.

    The latest honour for the First Lady is among several other awards she has received over the last five years including the 2014 UN person of the year award and the 2017 Fellow of Honoris Cusa Award from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) which was presented to her in Cape Town, South Africa.


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