First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi launched the 2020 edition of Beyond Zero Half Marathon and restated her commitment to continue advocating for initiatives aimed at improving provision of quality healthcare to women and children. However she has a unique guest and partner this time, and it was Ida Odinga, the wife to Raila Odinga. Kenyans are now asking whether Uhuru and Raila have extended their close relationship to their spouses.
The First Lady announced the expansion of the Beyond Zero medical scholarship programme from the current 100 to 200 beneficiaries next year.
She said the funds raised through the marathon will be deployed to refurbish health facilities as well as kick-start the process of setting up a specialized Beyond Zero referral health facility.
“Through the funds raised we will continue to be responsive to the needs of communities by rebuilding or refurbishing and equipping specialized health units to serve communities in marginalized areas,” the First Lady said.
Earlier, the First Lady and her team of trainers who included world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge and his wife Grace, braved the morning downpour kick off her training for the marathon scheduled for March 8th 2020.
She urged Kenyans and well-wishers to continue supporting efforts aimed at enhancing the delivery of health services in the country including the Beyond Zero initiative.