Caroline Wanjiru Kihusa (Advocate, parent, Kenya)
Wanjiru Kihusa is the Founder and CEO of Still A Mum, an organization whose mission is to provide psychosocial support to parents who have suffered child loss and mitigate child mortality in Africa. Having lost her daughter in 2013, she encountered first hand the gaps in how bereaved parents are treated after a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death – specifically in Kenya and Africa in general. Wanjiru, formerly a Client Service Manager in an IT firm, is now a maternal and newborn health champion. Still A Mum has supported over 1,000 moms and dads from Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. Using her organization, Wanjiru runs child loss awareness campaigns on radio, TV and social media platforms. She also conducts trainings in hospitals on Respectful Bereavement Care. Through her, Kenya marked Pregnancy and Infant Loss Week for the first time ever in 2015 – now an annual event. She has a Master’s degree in Communication and PR and a Bachelor’s degree in IT.