Mothers have the right to safe pregnancy.
More than 160,000 women died in pregnancy or childbirth in Africa in 2010 alone. That's 56% of all maternal deaths worldwide.
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.
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 Health Africa's Stand Up for African Mothers campaign aims to train 15,000 African midwives by 2015. Midwives save lives.
Health care remains a huge concern for African states, indicating an urgent need for governments to prioritize access to quality health care, and for private players to partner with public institutions in advancing the continent’s health agenda. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrates the weakness and vulnerability of African health systems and the underlying social and economic challenges. Read more
Amref Health Africa is hosting its first international conference focused on improving health in Africa. The Conference, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will bring together government leaders, researchers, health professionals, community-based organizations, and local health leaders to explore the theme: From Evidence to Action: Lasting Health Change in Africa. Read more
Canada is committing another $3.5 billion to improve global maternal, newborn and child health, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today on the sidelines of the government's health summit in Toronto. Non-profit organizations, such as Amref Health Africa, have said it would be possible to achieve Millennium Development Goal No. 5 of reducing the maternal mortality rate by three-quarters (from 1990 to 2015) if the Muskoka Initiative was to be renewed with similar funding. Read more
Amref Health Africa (formerly the African Medical and Research Foundation) has received more than $15 million in federal government funding for two projects since 2011. One of its projects is to help rural communities in Tanzania access the formal health system by training nearly 4,000 volunteer health workers to go into communities to deliver services, along with creating a model to replicate those efforts in different regions. Read more
Mothers and their children in the Simiyu region of northwestern Tanzania lack access to basic health care during pregnancy, delivery and the first few years of life. Focusing on five districts where mother and child deaths are high, Amref Health Africa in Tanzania is working to ensure quality health care is available to prevent unnecessary deaths. Read more
Meet Nugent Manea Kalome, 56-year old midwife who was in the first group of midwives trained at Amref Health Africa’s National Training institute in South Sudan. 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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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