First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero initiative which calls for a zero maternal and child mortality has been reckoned regionally and now, aboard. This is after Cherie Blair, former British Premier Tony Blair’s wife, acknowledged her commitment at improving lives of women and children across the country.

Speaking to the press, Cherie called on first ladies to take up the challenge and follow Margaret’s footsteps saying: “I know from my own experience that one of the key ways in which wives of Prime Ministers and First Ladies can make a real difference is by using their unique position to promote good causes. There could be few causes more worthwhile than this one and even fewer first ladies who would be both able and prepared to run 42 kms in their support. Well done.”

Cherie also praised Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia following his commitment in calling on the latter to come up with homegrown approaches in accelerating health improvement initiatives.

Earlier, Margaret Kenyatta hosted a marathon doubled First Lady’s Half Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the cause. So far the campaign has managed to raise close to sh110 million. The fund is expected to equip all 47 counties with mobile clinic each at a cost of sh500 million in sum.