While improving maternal health on the continent is one of the most important pillars of our work, it is only one of things we do to ensure that women in Africa became champions of good health and empowerment in their own communities. Meet four real women who supporters have helped us reach, providing them with not only acces to maternal care, but also with access to reproductive health services, nutrition education, sustainable clean water and more. In honor of Mother's Day, every dollar up to $5,000 will be matched by our maternal health partner, the lemlem Foundation.
Turkana is the most remote county in Kenya, with most of its population made up of nomadic communities that settle and re-settle in dry, arid land throughout the year. Amref Health Africa supports the women in Turkana County with maternal health services, and also partners with them to tackle malnutrition - one of the regions's biggest challenges.
Hellen | 30 | Seamstress | Turkana lakeside
Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya is the largest urban slum in sub-Saharan Africa. Amref Health Africa runs a clinic in Kibera where women can access reproductive health services, antenatal, and postnatal care. The clinic also has a maternity ward, which means women can give birth in a safe environment and with the assistance of a trained health worker.
Fatima | 38 | Landlady | Kibera
In Loitokitok, Kenya, Amref Health Africa has a long-term presence, creating a dialogue in the communities that has lead people to understand, demand, and seek out health services including family planning, vaccinations and antenatal care. Amref Health Africa has drawn on its trusted position in the communities to move away from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Rosemary | 55 | Birth Attendant | Rombo, Loitoktok
Magbalhi | 40 | member of women's group | Rombo, Loitokitok