Celebrating Women Making Change in Their Communities


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.

 

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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

“The lifestyle is changing in this community for the better. We now know about the importance of business, water, education and hospitals.”

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

“Amref Health Africa has stabilized this community. There are no limits with healthcare for women in Kibera anymore.”

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

“I have delivered over 100 babies. I am so proud to be a woman. Amref Health Africa has helped us realise our vision: we want our girls to be safe, go to school and live better lives.”

Magbalhi | 40 | member of women's group | Rombo, Loitokitok

 “In our women’s group we tackle issues such as FGM and girls’ education. Groups like ours have stopped 1,000 girls getting circumcised. This is proof of the power that women can have. We are strong.”

Good health means living up to your full potential. Thanks to supporters, these women are helping their families, frends and neighbors reach their full potential. You can help us reach more women like Hellen, Fatima, Rosemary, and Magbalhi.

 

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 Photos by Dean Bradshaw

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