AMREF Applauds Canada’s Commitment to Humanitarian Crisis in Horn of Africa

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.

“An impact assessment by AMREF in Kenya has shown the most affected areas in are Samburu, Kitui, Lamu, Magadi, Turkana, Makueni, Kajiado as well as the Kibera and Dagoretti slum areas in Nairobi” says AMREF Canada’s Executive Director Susanne Courtney. “We welcome the Canadian government’s commitment to match all donations made to AMREF’s relief efforts. This is one of the largest humanitarian crises we have ever seen in the region.”

Thanks to the announcement all donations made to AMREF’s drought response since July 6, 2011 will be matched by the Canadian government.

In coordination with the Governments of Kenya and Ethiopia as well as NGO partner organizations AMREF is working to mitigate the deadly health impacts of drought and famine among the most vulnerable people in the region – primarily children under five, pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Some of AMREF’s key initiatives include;

  • Improving access to safe water and sanitation
  • Providing de-worming, vitamin A and food supplementation programs for school children
  • Setting up outreach clinics so vulnerable populations (children under five, pregnant women and people living with HIV) can access essential care

AMREF

Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading African health development organization, AMREF was founded in Nairobi, Kenya in 1957 as the Flying Doctors Service. Recipients of both the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health and the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, AMREF staff and experts work to improve the health of the most vulnerable communities in Africa.

Jennifer Foulds
Director of Communications and Public Relations

Jennifer Foulds is the Director of Communications and Public Relations at AMREF Canada.

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