Mothers

Mothers have the right to safe pregnancy.

A mother holds her baby in a health clinic in Africa.More than 160,000 women died in pregnancy or childbirth in Africa in 2010 alone. That's 56% of all maternal deaths worldwide.

 

A mother receives prenatal care.1 in 39 women in sub-Saharan Africa have a lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to 1 in 5,200 in Canada.

 

A woman holds a baby.Over 80% of deaths of African mothers are a result of complications that could be treated in health care facilities with basic emergency care.

 

AMREF's Stand Up for African Mothers campaign aims to train 15,000 African midwives by 2015. Midwives save lives.

Dr. Brook Asfaw: Delivering Healthy Babies

Published: 11 April 2014 Sean Power

Dr. Brook Getahun Asfaw is the only obstetrician-gynecologist at Jinka Hospital in the South Omo region of southern Ethiopia. The hospital serves more than one million people. Read more

Clean Water and Maternal Health

Published: 21 March 2014 Sean Power

In Kenya, AMREF is partnering with communities to improve access to clean water and sanitation. Read more

Community Health Workers Save Lives

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Program to train community health workers helps create lasting health improvements. Read more

Better health for Moms and Babies in Ethiopia

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Improving access to health care in the remote South Omo region of Ethiopia. Read more

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces to Improve Health

Published: 08 January 2014 Sean Power

SickKids’ experts train health professionals in Tanzania to improve care for newborns. Read more

The Malawi Minister of Health, Catherine Gotani Hara, launched the Christian Hospitals Association of Malawi - African Medical and Research Foundation (CHAM - AMREF) "Staying Alive" maternal and neonatal health project. Read more

Midwives

Published: 13 September 2013 Sean Power

Women throughout Africa continue to die in pregancy and childbirth at unacceptable rates. That's why AMREF has launched the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, aimed at training 15 000 midwives by 2015. With more than 55 years of experience training health workers, including midwives, AMREF has the expertise necessary to achieve this goal. Read more

Maria Gasingo lives in South Sudan, and just like so many women in Sub-Saharan Africa had no other option but to give birth at home. She ran into severe hemorrhaging complications during labour and immediately knew that her life and the life of her unborn child were at risk. Read more

Helping Communities Tackle Malaria: Resty Nsamba

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

Resty Nsamba says that she is 30 years old, but her experiences and level of respect in her community suggest that she is much older. Selected as a Village Health Team member by her village, Kyeyindula, in Kakooge sub county, Nakasongola district, Uganda in 2009, Resty had begun providing community health services in September 2008. Read more

Malaria Mother Co-ordinator: Hassena Foka

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

"My name is Hassena Foka. I am 40-years-old and a mother of four boys and six girls. My family and I live in a small village called Yirgada in the Afar region of Ethiopia. The village is home to 300 pastoralist communities and has a health post and elementary school. Read more

Christine Akello, 28, is a qualified enrolled midwife working in a remote sub county of Lalogi, Uganda where the health centre she works in is located, about 145 km from Gulu Town in the north. Read more

The World Needs More Midwives

Published: 24 July 2013 Sean Power

A motherless baby begins life at a disadvantage. In addition to missing maternal love, the baby is at risk for malnourishment, infection and a host of other problems. My skills as a midwife are vital to saving the lives of mothers every day, but they also go beyond delivering babies. I help to educate women with proper healthcare information and campaign for maternal health to be prioritized. Read more

Alexina Bonareri waited patiently in the packed hallways of Western Kenya’s Kisii National Hospital. More than a decade had passed since she lost her baby and her dignity. Today’s simple surgery would repair her torn body and give her back a normal life after 14 years as a social outcast. Read more

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces for Child Health in Tanzania

Published: 07 February 2013 Sean Power

TORONTO – The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are joining together to combat the high mortality rate of children in rural Tanzania. Read more

The Policy Implications of Family Planning as a Human Right

Published: 16 January 2013 Sean Power

In late 2012, the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) State of the World Population report sparked controversy in a number of circles by re-affirming that family planning and access to contraceptives are not only human rights, but also policy tools to improve women’s reproductive and economic health. While critics claim... Read more

Rush-hour blitz of key TTC subway stations draws attention to the unacceptable death rate of African mothers. Torontonians are being asked to Stand Up for African Mothers on Friday, December 7 to help combat the unacceptably high rate of deaths among moms in Africa. Read more

World Water Day 2012

Published: 22 March 2012 Sean Power

Safe water and sanitation are essential for food security and improving child health. March 22 is World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. Read more

As the world marks the International Women’s Day 2012, AMREF would like to pay tribute to women all over the world, and in particular to African mothers. Over the years, women have made great progress in many fields, including business, academia, research, sports and political leadership. There are more girls in school and more women in salaried employment. Read more

Women's health in Africa a priority for AMREF

Published: 08 March 2012 Sean Power

Our water and sanitation programmes ensure that women do not spend long hours every day searching for water. Instead, they are able to use the time to take care of their families, and to engage in projects that boost the family’s income. Read more

Chase Bank Foundation has launched a partnership with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) aimed at saving the lives of thousands of women and children. This is the first of many initiatives to be undertaken by the Chase Bank Foundation, which was registered last October under the Trustees Act in line with one of Chase Bank’s core values of social responsibility to improve the lives of those around us. Read more

Community health worker Almaz Doiso is responsible for bringing health care closer to home for more than five hundred families in one of the most remote regions in the world – South Omo Ethiopia. She travels the rough terrain by foot. The weather is hot, the climate is dry and dusty and the infrastructure is weak. Access to formal health care is almost inexistent. There is one hospital serving half a million people and there are not nearly enough professionally trained staff. Read more

Toronto, July 25, 2011 - AMREF Canada applauds the Canadian government’s international leadership in providing $50 million to relief efforts while also matching all eligible donations made towards AMREF’s efforts supporting people suffering from the severe drought across the Horn of Africa. Read more

AMREF Spokespeople are available for comment on the devastating health implications the severe drought is having on communities across Kenya, beyond the Somali border region and Northern refugee camps, and the urgent need to implement measures that will result in long-lasting health results. Read more

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at AMREF Headquarters by Elhadj As Sy, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, and AMREF’s Director General Dr Teguest Guerma. It spells out several areas of collaboration between the two organizations, including promotion of vaccination of children and women; training of health workers involved in management of maternal, newborn and childhood illnesses, elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and research to improve public health approaches. Read more

Sudan Independence: Hope for Freedom, Peace and Health

Published: 05 July 2011 Sean Power

On July 9, 2011 Southern Sudan will celebrate its Independence marking the end of a long journey in search of freedom, autonomy and self-rule. It is a journey that has been fraught with numerous challenges and setbacks. Read more

Shifting Tasks to Save Lives in Southern Sudan

Published: 01 June 2011 Sean Power

Southern Sudan emerged from two decades of civil war in 2005 to find its health system in tatters. The country’s health indicators are some of the worst in the world. Maternal mortality is estimated at 1 in every 50 live births and 1 in every 4 children will die before reaching their fifth birthday. Read more

The statistics are grinding. One in six people on this planet with HIV/AIDS lives in South Africa. Not washing hands before eating kills more kids in Africa than starvation. There is one doctor for every 400 people in Canada – in Africa, it’s one for every 20,000. Read more

Consult Thembi Nxumalo on diabetes treatment and she will likely recommend a mix of natto root and caju bark. Show up with an ulcer and you will be given balsam pear tonic. Read more

Investing Donor Dollars in Africa: What Works

Published: 06 April 2011 Sean Power

Director General Dr. Teguest Guerma, MD and infectious disease expert of East African based, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), will be in Ottawa available to speak with media on World Health Day (April 7, 2011). She will also be in Montreal on Monday, April 11 and Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13. Read more

AMREF calls on Africans to curb maternal deaths

Published: 16 March 2011 Sean Power

AMREF's Director General Dr. Teguest Guerma recently spoke to Kenya's Capital FM Radio about AMREF's call people living in East Africa to help curb maternal deaths through a new corporate partnership with Nakumatt, one of East Africa's largest department store chains. Read more

Reaching Mothers in South Omo: Meet Almaz

Published: 04 March 2011 Sean Power

Almaz Nagadi greets Amira in her small village with a big smile and warm handshake. Amira is pregnant and will be delivering her baby soon. “I lost my first baby,” Amira explains. “But I’ve learned many lessons from Almaz and this time I want to have a safe delivery at the health post.” Read more

First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania, Salma Kikwete officially launched a four year project that will work to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Mtwara and Tandahimba districts Tanzania during the White Ribbon Day Celebrations held in March. Read more

Traditional birth attendants have been a subject of discussion in the provision of maternal and newborn health care, especially in developing countries where there is a lack of infrastructure and trained health personnel. The objective of this study was to assess the role of trained traditional birth attendants in maternal and newborn health care in Afar Regional State. Read more

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Anne-Marie Kamanye

Executive Director

 

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