A midwife in South Omo Ethiopia provides pre-natal health care

Credit: Paolo Patruno,

More than 1,700 children per 100,000 die before they reach the age of five in Ethiopia. In Canada, that number is 116. (2010 Global Burden of Disease)

Amref Health Africa is bringing together Canadian and African expertise to create better health for moms and babies in Ethiopia. READ MORE about this four-year project.  

#HealthWorkersCount: Rahma Salih, a midwife in Ethiopia

Published: 07 April 2017 Sean Power

Rahma Salih is a midwife in Afar region of Ethiopia. See how she is helping to improve the health of moms and babies, and why her work matters so much to her. Read more

Stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Published: 08 March 2017 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa's global vision to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2030. Read more

Partnering to Create Better Health for Moms and Babies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania

Published: 19 October 2016 Sean Power

Significant progress has been made around the world in reducing the number of women who die in pregnancy or childbirth – the rate dropped globally by 43% between 2000 and 2015. Yet, in many communities in sub-Saharan Africa, the maternal and newborn mortality rates continue to be unacceptably high. Read more

The Economist brings much needed attention to a dangerous practice being carried out on young girls today – female genital mutilation (FGM) – despite it being illegal in most countries. In many African countries, the practice is interpreted as a ‘coming-of-age’ ceremony that marks the transition to womanhood. Globally, on average, young girls who undergo FGM are just 10-years-old. It’s disappointing that one glaring fact was neglected in the editorial in The Economist – that FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the declaration of human rights. Read more

Amref Health Africa is bringing together Canadian and African expertise to reduce the high rates of mother and child mortality within marginalized and remote communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. Read more

As the drought and food shortage in parts of Ethiopia continues to worsen, Amref Health Africa is working with communities, all levels of government and partner organizations to identify and address expected public health emergencies. Read more

2014 Annual Report - Amref Health Africa in Canada

Published: 18 August 2015 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa in Canada's 2014 Annual Report provides program and financial highlights. Read more

Amref Health Africa in Canada will lead a $29.3 million five-year project to improve the health of mothers and their children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania, $24.9 million of which is provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Read more

Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. In 2013, an estimated 9 million people developed tuberculosis (TB) and 1.5 million died from the disease, 360,000 of whom were HIV-positive. Read more

A Ray of Hope and Happiness

Published: 01 May 2014 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa is training midwives in rural Ethiopia to ensure more mothers and their babies have access to health care. Read more

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

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

A life-changing internship

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Emily Royal, who grew up in Brockville, has recently returned from a six-month internship in Ethiopia. From June until mid-December, Royal worked with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), and helped provide health programming to those in need in the African nation. 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

10 Canadians spend six months with Amref Health Africa. Read more

AMREF Through Canadian Eyes

Published: 01 January 2014 Sean Power

Ten young Canadian interns joined the AMREF family in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from June to December 2013. AMREF asked the interns to share their favourite photo from their internship, and what it means to them. Read more

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Published: 01 January 2014 Sean Power

AMREF announces the winners of a photography contest in Ethiopia. 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

Ten young Canadians will have the opportunity to work with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) through a special internship program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Read more

The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) today received the World Federation of Public Health Associations 2012 Organisational Award. The award is bestowed in recognition of an organisation’s outstanding achievements in and contributions to the field of public health and is presented every three years. 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

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

Kevin O'Neill
Director of Programs

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