Our Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign runs from 28 November to 5 December 2023. Every donation made online on our Big Give page will be doubled, up to £50,000, to help extend Amref’s life-saving health and nutrition outreach projects to isolated communities on the frontline of the climate and health crisis.
Will you act now to save lives?
A desperate situation is unfolding in East Africa.
Following five seasons of failed harvests, erratic rainfall and rocketing global food prices, East Africa is facing its worst water and hunger crisis for decades.
Continuous drought has caused animals to perish and left families with no source of food or income.
Underweight mothers like Salo (pictured above) are struggling to feed their babies.
“We used to have enough water but since the rains failed most of the time we get one litre. It’s not enough.”
Her livestock are dead, and now she fears for the life of her children, she explains “This drought is a big challenge for us mothers who are breastfeeding because we do not even have anything to breastfeed our babies. I fear for the health of children.”
We urgently need to raise £100,000 to extend our lifesaving health and nutrition outreach projects into isolated communities like Salo’s.
Please double your impact by donating to our Big Give appeal now.
Amref’s Mobile Community Health Outreach
“Right now communities do not have food and water and their health is at risk. Cases of malnutrition are on the rise. There are a lot of interventions needed,” says Amref Kenya public health specialist, Kame Wato.
In isolated African communities like Salo’s, Amref is using a ‘One Health’ approach. This recognises the close connection between the health of communities, the animals they herd and their shared environment.
Our Community Health Outreach teams have both public health specialists like Kame Wato (pictured giving nutrition supplies to Godanno, an underweight mother and her two-year-old son Gumato who is malnourished) and veterinarians. They travel together to bringing life-saving healthcare to people and the animals they rely on.
With intensifying impacts of climate change, families like Salo’s have become more susceptible to malnutrition or outbreaks of disease.
Urgent action is needed.
“Some places where we conduct community health outreaches are more than 35 kilometres from the health facilities. So, bringing health services to them is like carrying a whole hospital to those areas.”
Kame and team are targeting underserved communities, with chronic cases of poverty.
We urgently need to raise another £100,000 to extend this life-saving service to people and animals at risk in isolated African communities.
Will you stand with Kame to take life-saving healthcare and nutrition to remote communities? Donate today and double your impact.
Double your donation!
This Christmas, Amref is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Generous match funders including the Aeonian Foundation are doubling every pound given by our supporters to this appeal up to £50,000.
They believe in the importance of this life-saving programme and their match funding will increase the impact of your donation.
Only donations given online on our Big Give page between 28 November and 5 December will be matched.
All images © Amref Health Africa/Tony Wild:
(Banner image) Salo Ali in her home in North Horr, Marsabit County, Kenya; Kame Wato (L) tends to Godanno Mamo and her son Gumato at a mobile outreach in Marsabit County; Kame Wato, public health specialist, Amref Kenya; Guyo Gonjaba, Amref-trained community health assistant stands over the carcass of a camel in Marsabit County.