As we head toward the end of 2022, we also come to the end of Amref’s global five-year strategy. In this period we have more than doubled the total amount spent on programmes in Africa which are strengthening health systems to bridge the gap between people and the healthcare they deserve.
- through health worker training, improving health service delivery across a broad range of issues, and investment to progress towards Universal Health Coverage.
In the UK our 2022 highlights have set the path forward for an exciting 2023. They include:
Expanding our strategic partnerships and launching new programmes, to ensure that more people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to high-quality health services:
Training health workers through e-learning
We started work on a new partnership to integrate our three digital learning platforms – Leap, M-Jali and Jibu – into a new single platform to produce better, deeper insights and analysis of the link between training content effectiveness and health workers’ service delivery to their communities.We’re looking forward to its rollout in early 2023.
Supporting Fistula Survivors
Our obstetric fistula programme reached 614 fistula survivors in Tanzania and Uganda with repair surgeries, psychosocial support, livelihood empowerment activities. We are very pleased to be starting work on Phase 2 in both countries. Also in Uganda, we trained 16,000 health workers to stop the COVID-19 spread even amid another outbreak – Ebola. Read about phase 2 in Tanzania and Uganda
We continued to support communities as they explore and adopt alternatives to ‘the cut’ or FGM/C. The Africa-Led Movement to end FGM/C – now called the Girl Generation – has achieved many new milestones including the recent Girl Gen Festival. The ARP/WASH Phase Two programme has trained close to 100 community health workers through LEAP, engaged 30 schools on SRHR, menstrual hygiene and anti-FGM information, rehabilitated water infrastructure in two villages to permanently serve nearly 8,000 people. We’re looking forward to supporting more communities to adopt Alternative Rites of Passage, like in Maparasha, Kajiado, Kenya.
Integrated Health services
Our TB and malaria programme in Kenya and Ethiopia trained 5,877 health workers, supported 370 health facilities and 435 community health units/posts to improve prevention, detection, diagnosis and management of TB and malaria.
Integrated into in two Ethiopian regions, Afar and Gambella, was an HIV programme to provide a single point of antenatal care with TB, malaria and HIV screening and treatment – free of cost. A great example of the way we’re working with partners to ensure Universal Health Coverage by 2030. In 2023 we are looking forward to continuing our strong partnerships to reach more people with quality healthcare, starting with the Emergency Response Food Insecurity programme in Ethiopia.
Renewing Sports for Health
We were delighted to receive renewed and increased investment from partners for our Phase 2 of the Sports for Health programme in Kenya in 2023 as well as continuing our programme on vaccine equity in Malawi.Phase 2: Sports for Health
Advancing access to water and SRHR* for young people
Our Piwa Maleng (‘Our Clean Water’) programme reached households and schools in 62 villages in Lamogi and Pabbo sub-counties, Amuru district, Uganda, with water and sanitation infrastructure, training and management combined with SRHR information and education.
Similarly in Malawi, the Dance for Change project saw 1,000 young people enrolled in the Journey for Life curriculum which uses participatory dance education workshops to convey SRHR messages to teenagers.
Engaging our supporters, sharing the impact of their valued support
We celebrated Amref’s 65th anniversary at an event with supporters and our President, and global CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi.
We participated in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise funds to help train midwives so that they can learn new skills and gain confidence to better support their communities. We raised an incredible £81,000 and shared the powerful story of Miriam Joseph and her midwife Hellen Hadia. A huge thank you to every who has supported this campaign, and our other Appeals through 2022.
Staying true to our ethical storytelling commitment
We launched our Ethical Storytelling research with the University of the Arts London and the University of East Anglia – ‘Who Owns the Story?’. Along with the co-researchers and colleagues from Amref Kenya, we have presented this work at UK and international fundraising conferences and events to positive feedback and interesting discussion. We’re looking forward to the next phase of research.
Driving change in global health, centring African voices and expertise
Dr Githinji Gitahi gave evidence at the UK House of Commons International Development Committee’s enquiry into Extreme Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals; we spoke out in response to the political turmoil around UK Aid and on the International Development Strategy; and our own Steve Murigi starred on stage at the Bloomberg Live: Focus on Africa forum.
Our heartfelt thanks to each of our supporters through 2022 – to our regular givers, those who have supported our campaigns and appeals, and partners who have supported our work:
B E Rodmell Trust
David Lister Charitable Trust
Institute of Our Lady of Mercy
Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust
Miss K M Harbinson's Charitable Trust
National Lottery Community Fund
Paget Charitable Trust
People’s Postcode Lottery
Peter Storrs Trust
PF Charitable Trust
Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners Foundation
Stella Symons Charitable Trust
The A and E Education Trust
The Bartleet Family Fund
The Bower Trust
The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust
The Cumber Family Charitable Trust
The Gilander Foundation
The Golden Bottle Trust
The Grace Trust
The H C Beer Charitable Trust
The Hearth Foundation
The Henhurst Charitable Trust
The Hermitage Trust
The Hon ML Astors 1969 Charity
The Jusaca Charitable Trust
The Lord Deedes Trust of Aldington Charitable Trust
The Mark Anthony Trust
The R G Hills Charitable Trust
The Rest-Harrow Trust
The Schroder Foundation
Tokio Marine Kiln
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office
Veta Bailey Charitable Trust
ViiV Healthcare Positive Action
Wolfson College, Oxford
Images: Banner: Amina Mohammod at Talalak Health Centre, Afar, Ethiopia (c) Martha Tadesse; E Learning/ LEAP - Vaccine Solidarity, Uganda (c) Lillian Namusoke; Esta Laurent, a fistula survivor, mother of four, and shop-owner from Magu District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania (c) Edina Kalikali; Ending FGM/C Tanzania (c) Adrian Mgaya; World TB Day GSK / Amref Kenya, Monica Akinyi Arega (c) Kennedy Musyoka; Sport For Health, Nairobi (c) Khadija Farah; Piwa Maleng project, Amuru District, Northern Uganda (c) Ambrose Watanda; Midwife Hellen with Miriam and her child Joseph, Maridi, South Sudan (c) Kennedy Musyoka; International Development Committee (c) UK Parliament.