What We Do
Without access to care, a woman in Kenya is likely to die during childbirth
Without clean water, a small child can catch a life-threatening disease and a young girl will miss school while on her period
We train local health workers and provide health services to meet the continent’s dynamic and critical health needs.
Maternal and Child Health
Poverty, gender inequity, and gender-based violence leave women and girls particularly vulnerable to health complications and illnesses. With a holistic approach to health care, and direct engagement with communities, we ensure that girls and women in Africa are safe and healthy their whole lives – so teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation and child marriage can be prevented, deliveries of babies can be safe for both mother and child, and newborns receive the strongest start in life.
Health workers are important stewards of a community’s health. We build the capacity of new health workers and upgrade the skills of existing ones at all levels: community health workers, youth advocates, clinical officers, nurses, midwives, lab technicians and more. To ensure sustainability, we also advocate to Ministries of Health to further invest in health worker training, so that it continues long after we are gone.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
42% of the populations located across sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe water and it is estimated that water-related illnesses kill more children under five than disease like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Through our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects, we increase sustainable access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools, and poor rural and urban communities through building facilities and water points, paired with training and education.
We bridge important gaps in care through our range of outreach services that provide patients with quality medical care. Some of the services we provide include but are not limited to: providing free surgical care, monitoring non-communicable diseases, and providing diagnostic services through laboratories. By addressing these gaps, we build reliable health systems that can treat patients with quality care, especially in some of the poorest and most marginalized rural and urban communities.
A snapshot of the work our donors make possible. Amref Health Africa implements over 150 projects throughout the continent.