Project information

Maternal and Child Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Across Africa, a new mother dies every three minutes. We know that increasing the number of skilled midwives and health care professionals is key to preventing maternal deaths. So that's exactly what Amref is doing in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Amref Health Africa

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  • Need


    Across Africa, a new mother dies every three minutes. Maternal death rates in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly high because of the lack of skilled midwives, obstructed labour, anaemia and malaria. Women in remote communities are often unable to access ante and post-natal healthcare, and the healthcare infrastructure means that when they do, there are often not the staff or facilities available to help them, leading to high rates of maternal, newborn and child mortality.


    Amref will train midwives and other health professionals in the skills they need to offer care and support to pregnant women. Amref also supports reproductive health and rights for women by ensuring access to contraceptives, skilled obstetric services, assisted delivery, and targeted ante and post-natal care for mums and babies. Amref is Africa-based and always works with the communities we serve to deliver services that are culturally appropriate and effective in the long-term.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase awareness of and access to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services


    » Set-up and coordinate women's groups in target areas to share knowledge and materials on appropriate ante and postnatal care
    » Work with local communities including traditional birth attendants to encourage referrals for pregnant women for ante and postnatal appointments
    » Deliver workshops in schools in regions with high rates of teenage pregnancy to educate young girls on their sexual and reproductive rights

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in pregnant women and women of reproductive age attending ante and postnatal care appointments in targeted regions.

    Aim 2

    Train midwives and Community Health Workers to support pregnant women and new mums


    » Deliver training (in person and through e-learning) for existing midwives and health professionals
    » Offer training (in person and through e-learning) as an incentive for new midwives and health professionals, particularly in hard-to-reach areas

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in the number of midwives and Community Health Workers working in targeted regions.

    Aim 3

    Support the improvement of healthcare infrastructure across Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda


    » Influence governments and Ministries of Health to invest in healthcare infrastructure, particularly in hard-to-reach communities
    » As part of existing projects, construct and maintain new and existing health facilities e.g. hospitals, clinics and equipment

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in the number of health facilities built; and/or maintained to high standards.

  • Impact


    Amref's project aims to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in targeted communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Amref will demonstrate success by measuring engagement from women and health workers, and by the reported mortality rates in the region against a current baseline and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.


    Risks include adverse weather conditions delaying health facility construction. Amref mitigates against this risk by planning work seasonally and working with contractors to use new equipment. There is also a risk of failing to retain existing midwives and health workers. Amref mitigates against this by incentivising health workers through pay, income-generating activities, training and other benefits.


    Amref will report to donors through a range of channels, including our website, social media, annual report (online and in print), e-news, mailings and personalised reports where requested/required by the donor. Reporting will include both quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,590,676

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,590,676 Maternal health programmes Access to maternal, new-born and child health services and health professionals

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £1,295,648 Guaranteed
    Comic Relief £936,900 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Amref UK delivers maternal health projects across regions of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with a focus on underdeveloped and remote communities that other organisations cannot or do not reach.


    Our direct beneficiaries will be pregnant women and new mothers in the targeted communities. Other indirect beneficiaries will include newborn babies and children, teenage girls, the wider family and community units, as well as midwives and health professionals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Amref is the leading African-led health charity with 60 years of experience and knowledge of the communities we help. We are trusted by African governments and Ministries of Health to work with their communities, and we are trusted by women and girls across sub-Saharan Africa, who know us to be effective in working with them to save and change lives. We have delivered maternal health projects across sub-Saharan Africa for many years, and are continually learning and improving our services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Frances Longley

    Frances is CEO for the UK team, and ensures that all donations get to Africa quickly so they can have the biggest impact possible.

    Dr Githinji Gitahi

    Dr Githinji is Amref's global CEO, and leads the organisation to reach over 12 million people in sub-Saharan Africa each year.

    Katie Grey

    Katie is Head of Fundraising in the UK, and is coordinating the Big Give challenge and making sure all donors are kept up to date with the project.


could train a midwife to promote safe pregnancy, birth and motherhood to their community.

Amref Health Africa has been saving lives for decades and should give us all hope that even the most complex health challenges can be overcome.

Bill Gates