Hear from some of the people who are driving change in their communities - with support from Amref Health Africa.
Catherine Aanyu, midwife
Catherine Aanyu is a 26-year-old midwife from Katakwi, a small town in Eastern Uganda. She's currently building her skills through Amref Health Africa's eLearning programme.
Violet Boonabana, midwife
Violet Boonabana was raised by her aunt, a midwife, in Kampala. Growing up, Violet would admire the way her aunt cared for the women in their community.
Fistula survivor Scholastica Daudi is running her own business, supporting her growing family, and helping other women recovering from this physically and psychologically painful condition.
Margaret Kilonzo, CHW
In March 2021, Amref Health Africa hosted a virtual event to give supporters a window into our work. The star of the show was Margaret Kilonzo, a Community Health Worker (CHW), who was born, raised and continues to work in Kibera, Nairobi: Africa’s largest informal settlement.
Amos Kimani, football coach
As a child, Amos Kimani attended the Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre, where he discovered a passion - and a talent - for football. Today, he's a qualified FIFA coach.
Jemimah Makau, midwife
Jemimah has been a midwife at Emali Model Hospital in Makueni County, Kenya, since 2011. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way women in Makueni have deliveries, and Jemimah fears for the women in her community.
Mumbi Malama, CHW
Across Africa, Community Health Workers are playing a crucial part in creating demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. Zambia's Mumbi Malama explains what drives her to do this vital work without financial reward.
Vivian Nandi, survivor and tailor
Vivian Nandi developed obstetric fistula during the birth of the youngest of her five children. She credits her husband Mussa, her Christian faith, and her support network for giving her the strength to recover. But it’s clear that she’s a pretty extraordinary woman in her own right.
Abdi Neda, waste collector
30-year-old Abdi is the head of a solid waste collectors' union in Yeka Sub-City, Addis Ababa. He oversees the work of seven groups of waste collectors (a total of 96 people) and is directly responsible for a further three groups. Twice a week, the groups go house-to-house and collect waste that is then separated into rubbish, compostable waste, and recycling.
Mercy Paundi, nurse
Mercy Paundi is Head Nurse at Mangochi District Hospital. The 31-year-old comes from the Yau tribe in southern Malawi, where very few girls finish primary, let alone secondary school because they often get pregnant and marry at a young age.
Melkae Tadesse, waste collector
"I'm a single mum," says Melkae. "I have two sons, aged 15 and 11, and I'm raising them alone: I'm the leader of the house, and I have to provide for them. This work [solid waste collection] has enabled me to do that."
Amina Wisiki, peer champion
Amina Wisiki is a 24-year-old social worker in Lulanga, southern Malawi. For the region's Yao tribe, child marriage and early sexual activity are commonplace - but Amina is committed to helping young people know how to keep themselves safe.
The Midwives of the Future
Working in partnership with GSK, Amref has supported the establishment of the first-ever midwifery training programme in Gambela, Ethiopia. Here, some of the pilot cohort share what inspired them to pursue this path.
A sisterhood of survivors
In Mwanza Region, Tanzania, Amref Health Africa is supporting networks of fistula survivors who, as well as running small businesses, are working as ambassadors and shifting perceptions in their communities.
Mother and midwife; the strongest partnership
“More women should have a Hellen,” says Miriam. “Midwives are very important. Thanks to Hellen, I have two healthy children, and I’ve been able to choose when to have them.”
Simon Mbasi, South Sudan
A population of over 40,000 people in Ibba county, South Sudan rely on one ambulance and one ambulance driver. His name is Simon Mbasi.
Junnet Mbogo, CHW
Junnet is a mother, entrepreneur and volunteer community health worker from Kilifi county, Kenya.