Message from the Executive Director | Robert Kelty
2017 marks Amref Health Africa’s 60th anniversary. 60 years of bringing grass-roots, sustainable, effective programs to communities across sub-Saharan Africa. In 60 years, we have reached millions upon millions of women, men and children, thanks entirely to our donors.
Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of our supporters. For organizations dedicated to providing care for the most vulnerable populations in Africa, the drastic reductions in foreign aid from the US Government makes these especially challenging times. The current administration’s budget for next year proposes a 32% reduction in all foreign humanitarian aid, with the greatest cut to family planning programs. This means that the population that Amref Health Africa primarily serves—women and children—would be the hardest hit.
In 2016, in anticipation of these potential changes, we ramped up our activities to reach more supporters and raise awareness of our work. We created our now annual fundraising event, ArtBall, ran the TCS New York City Marathon, engaged young professionals, and went after private foundation funding. I am also proud to announce we were awarded our first grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. I hope you enjoy reading about these initiatives, and of our work on the ground in Africa that helped expand access to maternal care, prevent HIV infections on a large-scale basis, and so much more.
We know that because of your support, we will not only continue to run our life-saving and life-changing programs, but we will strive to be more innovative than ever before – thank you!