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WATCH: Pregnant woman rants about diaper prices, asks government to intervene

By Wangu Kanuri December 3rd, 2022 2 min read

A pregnant woman took to the streets to protest the high prices of diapers asking the government to intervene and make them cheaper for women.

The woman who identified herself as a ‘Mama Diaper’ lamented that families were unable to afford diapers every week.

Carrying a placard that requested President William Ruto, first lady Rachel Ruto, and Nairobi leaders led by governor Johnson Sakaja to intervene and at least have both government-funded diapers and free ones.

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Saying it was difficult to afford diapers every week for Sh1000, the Nairobi resident shared, “I’m pleading with our leaders to have government-sponsored diapers for babies between the ages of 2-3 and free monthly diapers for newborns to 1 year for mothers who have delivered through NHIF or Linda Mama.”

Disclosing that she is a single mother after a split with her baby daddy, ‘Mama Diaper’ said she is advocating for the initiative as it would ease the burden for single mothers like her.

“My firstborn is not yet two years old and I am really close to my due date purchasing diapers every week is too expensive for me and newborns use more diapers as their bodies adjust.”

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With nearly 1.5 million babies being born annually in the country, manufacturers of baby care products are only reaching a third of the market.

Mid this year, the Business Daily reported that the birth rate had been growing sharply annually in the past five years, expanding the market for baby care products.

Though diapers, wipes and formulas are the fastest-moving products, the market reach is mostly to the middle and upper-class members of society.

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