HIV, TB, Malaria

African communities have the right to tools to fight HIV, TB and malaria

Children are normally infected with HIV as the result of mother-to-child transmission.Approximately 60% of adult HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa are in women. More than 90% of infections in infants and children result from mother-to-child transmission.

 

AMREF encourages getting voluntarily tested for diseases like HIV and TB.In 2006, more than half of all new cases of TB in sub-Saharan Africa were also HIV+.

 

A mother and child receive postnatal care.The burden of malaria in countries in sub-Saharan Africa has declined with scaling up of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. (The Lancet, 2010)

 

Amref Health Africa  works with communities to fight diseases through prevention, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment.

Closing the Gap: Amref Health Africa calls for joint action to reduce maternal deaths related to HIV/AIDS World AIDS Day 2014

Published: 28 November 2014 Sean Power

As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, countries are focusing their efforts on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MDG 6 calls for global efforts to halt and begin to reverse HIV/AIDS. The world has made great progress towards the global vision of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Read more

Communiqué of the 1st Amref Health Africa International Conference, Safari Park Hotel Nairobi, November 24 – 26, 2014, Organized in Collaboration with the World Health Organization

Published: 26 November 2014 Sean Power

Communiqué of the 1st Amref Health Africa International Conference, Safari Park Hotel Nairobi, November 24 – 26, 2014, Organized in Collaboration with the World Health Organization Theme: From Evidence to Action – Lasting Health Change in Africa Read more

Amref Health Africa International Health Conference

Published: 24 November 2014 Sean Power

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

Combatting Malaria Outbreaks: Nets for Children in Africa

Published: 17 September 2014 Sean Power

African countries, including Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, account for nearly 90% of malaria deaths worldwide. This is mostly due to lack of resources. Read more

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

World Malaria Day 2014: Amref Health Africa calls on governments, donors, the private sector and partners to reinforce and renew their commitment to investing in malaria control and elimination. Read more

Fighting Malaria at the Community and Household Level

Published: 21 April 2014 Sean Power

Community Health Workers in Kenya trained by Amref Health Africa treat and prevent malaria in rural communities. Read more

Bye Bye Malaria!

Published: 21 April 2014 Sean Power

Christine Nasimiyu, a mother in Lurende Village, Bungoma County in Kenya describes how the community health worker in her village has helped her family prevent malaria. Read more

As Africa’s leading health development organization working with vulnerable and under-served communities, AMREF joins the global TB Partnership in calling for increased efforts to reach the three million missed cases. Read more

Amref Health Africa meets the community’s needs by increasing access to education for girls at Atanga Secondary School. Education and health go hand in hand. Read more

Being the light at the end of the tunnel

Published: 29 November 2013 Sean Power

A Traditional Health Practitioner in rural South Africa is trained by Amref Health Africa to recognize symptoms of HIV/AIDS. 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. 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

Joy as Family Prevents Malaria

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

Nabirye Mary, a 35-year-old married woman lives in Njeru Village in Nakitoma sub-county, Nakasongola district, Uganda. She is one of the community members reached by Village Health Teams, trained by Amref Health Africa, through door-to-door visits. She is a mother of three children – 10- month-old twins and a four-year-old boy. Read more

Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets Prevent Childhood Death

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

Eighteen-month-old Sarah Nalubega used to fall sick every three to four weeks. Her mother, Caroline Nakitende, had just returned from Kakooge Health Center III where Sarah was admitted with a severe fever when she learned that insecticide treated mosquito nets were being distributed in her village. Joining the waiting line, she received a net from Amref Health Africa-supported Village Health Team members. Read more

World TB Day 2013

Published: 24 March 2013 Sean Power

Integration is the key to effective TB services, says AMREF. Although about one third of the world’s population is infected with the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria, reaching the Millennium Development Goal to reverse the tuberculosis epidemic by 2015 is in sight. 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

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

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

Short-term cash injections, shortsighted pilot projects and a revolving door of international health priorities have done little to bolster much-needed public health infrastructure in Africa, health development experts argue. 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

Ten years ago, Kenya’s Ministry of Health and National Nursing Council took a bold step, pledging to transform the country’s nursing education system—there was simply no other choice. Read more

AMREF Urges Caution over New AIDS Vaccine Trials

Published: 06 May 2011 Sean Power

The recent commencement of AIDS vaccine trials on 40 babies in Kenya raises hope for discovery of a way to stop the spread of one of the most serious diseases ever to affect humanity. As an organisation working with communities to improve health in Africa, AMREF has first-hand knowledge and experience of the effects of HIV and AIDS on those who are infected and affected, particularly in the remotest and poorest parts of the continent. 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

Bringing Care to Africa from Above

Published: 22 March 2011 Sean Power

Canadian doctors face a litany of challenges on a daily basis. Just imagine how daunting they are in Africa, where even the basic ability to treat everyone is not always possible. 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

AMREF joins the world to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is equal access to education, training and science and technology: a pathway to decent work for women. AMREF is hoping the theme will draw attention to the health needs of women across Africa. Read more

Sex between men is stigmatized, officially denied and criminalized in many parts of the world, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the groups that are at high risk of HIV infection, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) are particularly vulnerable, but they are unable to access treatment and care services due to social, religious and political stigma. Read more

Over the years, AMREF has accumulated a rich repository of knowledge products from its HIV/AIDS interventions. To assess the organisation’s contribution to HIV/AIDS responses in Africa requires that we move beyond the accumulation of data, figures and facts found in the numerous monitoring and evaluation reports from independent projects to evidence based on systematic analysis across projects and countries. Read more

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