Canadian Groups Joining Forces for Mother and Child Health

Women and children in Tanzania at a health event
Source: 2016 Habari, published February 2016.

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.  

The broad-based partnership means that we will be able to tackle head on some of the biggest contributors to poor health, including: lack of clean water; inadequate sanitation; shortage of trained health workers; gaps in information for parents about basic child health; malnutrition and under nutrition; overcrowded and poorly equipped health facilities; lack of systems to track vital health data; and gender inequality.

Key Project Goals 2016 to 2020: 

  • 1.7 million women, children and men benefit directly through training, education or health services.  

  • 749,000 people receive public health education about healthy moms and babies, sanitation and hygiene.

  • 48,000 parents attend cooking demonstrations by community-based health workers, with a focus on improving nutrition for children using local food.

  • 39,000 people take part in public meetings about gender equality and harmful traditional practices.

  • 1,094 community-based health workers recruited and supported. 

  • 1,000 health workers trained in best practices for maternal and newborn care, sanitation and hygiene.

  • 500 community meetings and events held to encourage men’s active participation in mother and child health.


Note: Some of the project goals may change once Amref Health Africa and our partners complete the initial research to determine baseline data in the communities where we will be working.


Project Partners: 


Christian Children's Fund of CanadaChristian Children’s Fund of Canada: a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child-centered development organizations working in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. 


SickKids Centre for Global Child Health The Hospital for Sick Children, Centre for Global Child Health: provides a dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities and connects researchers and health care professionals around the world.  


WaterAid CanadaWaterAid Canada: an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation working in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region. 


This project is undertaken with $24.9 million in financial support over four years from the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Of this, Amref Health Africa in Canada receives $16 million and needs to raise $1.4 million to fully fund the project.