AMREF Kenya receives matching grant for mHealth Project
March 7, 2014. Nairobi, Kenya: AMREF Kenya and WelTel have partnered to secure a $2 million investment to improve patient care and expand the mobile health (mHealth) program across rural Kenya.
Half of the funding, USD$1 million, is from APHIAPLUS IMARISHA, a five year USAID-funded project managed by AMREF Kenya. Grand Challenges Canada, an organization funded by the Government of Canada that supports bold ideas with big impact in global health, has also invested USD$1 million.
The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently launched ENGAGE-TB. This is an approach that seeks to integrate community-based TB activities into the work of NGOs and CSOs. To this end, a 5-day training workshop was held at the AMREF International Training Centre between 10th and 14th February 2014 and was facilitated by both AMREF and WHO experts. The workshop was attended by 17 leading consultants from various community-based programmes from around the world.
The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) on Friday, 7 February 2014 entered into an agreement with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) to undertake joint research and capacity strengthening ventures for a period of three years.
Following the ceasefire agreement signed on January 23, 2014, thousands of people have flooded hospitals across South Sudan in search of medical care. Five of the seven wards at Juba Teaching Hospital are occupied by victims of the recent political unrest that began on December 15. Over 4, 500 patients have been treated for gunshot wounds since then.
Juba, South Sudan, 25th January 2014 - Fifty-five major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan have expressed their deep concern about the current humanitarian situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations in need of assistance.
More than 30 international development organizations, including CRS, have released a joint statement supporting the Global Food Security Act of 2013, which will be introduced in Congress by Representatives Betty McCollum (MN-4), Aaron Schock (IL-18) and James McGovern (MA-2).
By Jane Munyua
Amina lives in Kitunda region in the district of Masasi in the Mtwara region of southern Tanzania. She is a housewife who engages in subsistence farming to feed her family. The second wife in a polygamous marriage, Amina has been married for two years. Sadly though, she has not been able to conceive. Her co-wife, on the other hand, has several children.
“I feel like I have let my husband down,” she says sadly. “I do not understand why I cannot conceive.
Since its founding in 1957, AMREF has been devoted to addressing the health needs of the marginalised. Although global progress continues to be made towards reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015, progress in sub-Saharan Africa remains slow and least among rural communities with the lowest access to health care, while some countries Maternal Mortality Rates have increased. In 2010, about 162 000 women died in this region during pregnancy and childbirth, representing 56 per cent of the global total.
Rose Thomas is a volunteer community health worker (CHW) from Ngomano village in Kibwezi District.
Rose is 49 years old, married and has four sons. She is actively involved in sensitising mothers and giving them education on the importance of ante-natal care, delivery at health facilities and immunisation. Because of the efforts of Rose and others involved in this project, the percentage of mothers delivering at the health centre has grown from 30% in 2005 to 63% in 2008 while immunisation coverage has also risen from 89% to 100%.
“Before this Primary Health Care Unit was constructed, people had to go for health services to the Juba Teaching Hospital, which is very far from here. Everyone, especially mothers, is very happy now because AMREF has helped to bring these services nearer. We received long-lasting mosquito nets so our children no longer suffer frequently from malaria. We were also taught about prevention of HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Outside the administration block at Loborom Primary School, located 50km from Pader Town in northern Uganda, a group of teachers sit under a tree, sharing a snack of groundnuts as they chat or mark exercise books. Groups of children run around the school compound, enjoying the mid-morning break from lessons.
While the international target on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 is to halve the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water before the 2015, MDGs 4 and 5 focus on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. At community level, the three seemingly distinctive goals are intricately roped together.
AMREF’s Integrated School Health Programme for Child Survival in Senegal seeks to improve the health and nutritional status of children in schools and in their communities. The project is a partnership between AMREF and the Senegalese Division of Medical School Control, with the support of Club Sante through AMREF France and ANTENA 3 Foundation through AMREF Spain.
On the evening of March 6, the control room of the AMREF Flying Doctors received a call from the superintendent of the Mandera District Hospital in northern Kenya asking for help in evacuating three people who had been injured in separate incidents of insecurity. The patients were in serious condition and required specialised treatment in Nairobi.
The Republic of Kenya conducted a historic general election on March 4, 2013, the first election held under a new constitution passed in August 2010 that provides for the devolution of government to 47 counties. The last general election in 2007 resulted in violence across the country that led to loss of over 1,000 lives, displacement of thousands of people and destruction of property worth millions of shillings. As a result, beneficiaries of critical health service were unable to access treatment and care as the violence escalated and spilled over into 2008.
In South Sudan, 2 out of every 100 women die due to complications arising during the process of giving birth. This is compounded by the fact that South Sudan suffers from a severe shortage of fully trained nurses and midwives. In 1998, AMREF opened the National Health Training Institute (NHTI) in Maridi, South Sudan, at the height of the civil war to help South Sudan build its health workforce, and has supported the school ever since. It began by training Clinical Officers, who have become the ‘doctors’ in the communities where they work.
A team from the Postcode Lottery team visited Shompole Village in Magadi Division of Kajiado District on November 28, 2012 where they got a taste of AMREF Kenya’s Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) campaign.
World AIDS Day, marked each year on December 1, brings the world together to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.
AMREF Ethiopia officially launched the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign in the country on November 15, 2012. The President of the Federal Region State of Afar, H E Ismael Ali Siro was the guest speaker at the event which was hosted by AMREF Director General Dr Teguest Guerma alongside AMREF Ethiopia Country Director Dr Florence Temu.
The British Ambassador to Ethiopia H E Mr Greg Dorey recently paid a visit to Kechene area in Gullele Sub-City of Addis Ababa where the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Project is being implemented. H E Mr Dorey, who is also the Permanent Representative to the African Union emphasised on the importance of availability of potable water as an important component of health development for communities especially women and children.