Children

Child sits under an anti-malaria bed netChildren have the right to healthy lives.

4.6 million children under five die in Africa. Most deaths are from preventable causes. (World Health Organization)

Taking a holistic approach to a healthy childhood, Amref Health Africa focuses on nutrition, clean water and sanitation and immunization.

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You Made Your Flu Shot Count

Published: 16 October 2014 Sean Power

Rexall and Amref Health Africa teamed up last flu season to deliver life-saving vaccines to children who needed them most in northern Uganda. More than 175,000 life-saving vaccines were delivered. Read more

#DiscoverDagoretti

Published: 14 June 2017 Sean Power

The Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre in Nairobi, Kenya provides access to health care, education, skills training and social support for children living or working on the streets. Read more

Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Underserved Areas in Tanzania

Published: 11 January 2017 Sean Power

The project aims to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in Simiyu region in Tanzania. Read more

In early December, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and his Dutch counterpart, Frans Makken, witnessed over 350 girls from Samburu County in Kenya participate in Alternative Rites of Passage in place of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting). Read more

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

In a significant shift from tradition, Maasai elders in Loitoktok, in Kenya’s Kajiado County, blessed 363 girls who chose to forgo traditional Female Genital Mutilation (FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting) as a rite of initiation into womanhood. 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 targeting to train at least 8,000 midwives in the next three years in a move aimed at improving maternal health for at least four million women across the Africa every year. 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

Amref Health Africa Heroes: Sarah Manana

Published: 14 April 2016 Sean Power

Sarah is a Project Officer for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Amref Health Africa in Uganda where innovative programmes are leading teachers and students (boys and girls alike) to talk about menstruation as they would any other health topic. Read more

Amref Health Africa respects community cultural practices and encourages communities to continue with their rites of passage for girls but abandon the harmful cut administered to the external genitalia of girls, known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Genital Cutting (FGC). We do not support any form of alteration of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons. Read more

Saving Lives in South Sudan

Published: 04 February 2016 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa is improving health care for moms and babies at Yambio State Hospital, South Sudan Read more

Female Genital Mutilation Has No Place in Africa

Published: 12 January 2016 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa asks the Government of Sierra Leone to protect girls from injury and death caused by the harmful practice. Read more

On November 19, 2015, Amref Health Africa joins the rest of the world in marking the UN World Toilet Day. Sub-Saharan Africa has a mere 30 per cent coverage of safe sanitation facilities, a startling statistic that is only a four per cent increase since 1990. This is a serious concern due to the associated massive health burden. Read more

At a colourful event in Loitokitok, Kenya, near the border with Tanzania, 1,200 Maasai girls marked their transition to womanhood without experiencing Female Genital Cutting (also known as Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM). Read more

Stop Female Genital Cutting -- Join the Alternative!

Published: 26 August 2015 Sean Power

The largest Alternative Rite of Passage ceremony is happening in Loitokitok in southern Kenya, near Mount Kilimanjaro. More than 1,200 girls from Maasai communities are taking part in the Alternative Rite of Passage as a way to mark the transition from a girl to a woman. The public event replaces Female Genital Cutting, a practice that can have severe consequences for girls’ health. 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

Amref Health Africa joins the international community in commemorating the International Day of the African Child, marked every year on June 16. While on this day we remember the black children massacred in Soweto, South Africa in 1976 for demanding their right to quality education under the apartheid regime, it is also the day that the African Union has set aside to promote children’s rights in Africa. Read more

Grace, the vaccination manager at Ongica Health Centre in northern Uganda, prepares vaccines to take to an outreach day in a remote community. Read more

Every morning before sunrise, women and children in Kenya’s Samburu County embark on an arduous journey, one that takes them miles away from their homes in search of water. Read more

Together the Maasai in Kenya, Amref Health Africa has developed an Alternative Rite of Passage for girls to transition to womanhood. Read more

The International Day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Genital Cutting, has been designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the dangers of the practice. FGM is the intentional invasive injuring of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It has been recognized as a severe violation of the rights of women and girls. Read more

This winter, your flu shot counts. That’s the message of Rexall’s Shot for Shot campaign, which is providing life-saving vaccinations to northern Ugandan children in partnership with Amref Health Africa in Canada. Read more

On the occasion of the International Day of the Midwife 2015, Amref Health Africa calls for Governments in Africa and foreign aid departments of developed countries to increase investment in scaling up education and training of midwives to increase access to quality health services and reduce needless deaths of mothers and their newborn children. Read more

Saving Lives: Moms and Babies in Tanzania

Published: 31 March 2015 Sean Power

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

As we observe World Prematurity Day 2014, it is a sobering reality that over one million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth. Read more

Through a programme funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Amref Health Africa has been able to support Community Health Workers in Tanzania in carrying out their work. Read more

This flu season, Rexall is partnering with Amref Health Africa to launch ‘Shot For Shot’, a campaign committed to providing life-saving vaccinations to children that need it most. For every flu shot administered by a Rexall pharmacist, Rexall will make a donation towards delivering vaccines to northern Uganda where vaccination rates are well below World Health Organization targets. Read more

Washing Hands with Soap can Save Lives

Published: 15 October 2014 Sean Power

Hand washing is a major tool for fighting infectious disease, says Amref Health Africa as the world marks Global Handwashing Day 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

Amref Health Africa International Health Conference

Published: 14 August 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

Amref Health Africa in South Sudan

Published: 29 July 2014 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa has a long history in South Sudan, beginning in 1972 in what was then the southern region of Sudan. Over the decades, we have played a critical part in planning and developing the country’s health care system. 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

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

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

Community Health Workers Save Lives

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Program to train community health workers helps create lasting health improvements. 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

Rehabilitating Patongo Primary School in northern Uganda

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Health and education go hand in hand for school children and their families in Uganda. Read more

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces to Improve Health

Published: 08 January 2014 Sean Power

SickKids’ experts train health professionals in Tanzania to improve care for newborns. 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

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

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

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces for Child Health in Tanzania

Published: 07 February 2013 Sean Power

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

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

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

Investing Donor Dollars in Africa: What Works

Published: 06 April 2011 Sean Power

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

Kevin O'Neill
Director of Programs

Kevin O'NeillWant to partner with Amref Health Africa in Canada on a health project? Want to know more about our projects? Get in touch with our Director of Programs, Kevin O'Neill.