Midwife in EthiopiaCredit: Paolo Patruno, www.birthisadream.org


Women throughout sub-Saharan Africa continue to die in pregnancy and childbirth at unacceptable rates. That's why Amref Health Africa started the Stand Up for African Mothers special project, aimed at training 15,000 midwives and health workers in maternal care.

So far, 8,541 African midwives and health workers are trained or in training.

  • 201,000 mothers died in pregnancy and childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015. That’s 66% of all maternal deaths worldwide. (source: Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990-2015 WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, United Nations Population Division, and the World Bank Group)

It’s time to Stand Up for African Mothers to save the lives of moms and their babies.

Trained Health Workers Save Lives

The sad reality is that African mothers are dying because they are unable to get the health care they need.

We can change that one midwife, and health worker, at a time.

Trained midwives and health workers save lives. The problem is, there aren’t enough to provide the care needed. Many women have to travel long distances, by foot or on the back of a bicycle, to reach a midwife or skilled health worker. Too many women don’t make it in time, leading to their death or the death of their baby.

Through our Stand Up for African Mothers special project, Amref Health Africa is aiming to train 15,000 midwives and health workers.

One trained midwife can look after up to 500 mothers every year, and safely deliver 100 children.

Join Us

Join the Stand Up for African Mothers special project, and help Amref Health Africa reach our goal.

Please donate

Donate to our maternal and child health fund. Help save the lives of African moms and their babies.