Health is a fundamental Human Right - yet half of the world's population is without access to essential healthcare and services.
Through our years of experience working with communities across Africa, we've learned first-hand the problems that a lack of access to affordable healthcare can bring. Women, in particular, are affected by this. Pregnancy, childbirth and family planning contribute to women having more complex healthcare needs. These are often compounded by the gender discrimination, economic dependence and experiences of violence that women face in many countries around the world, including those where Amref works.
Additionally, in many societies, women are denied the right to control over their own bodies, with no access to sex education or appropriate birth control, and a lack of influence over decision-making for their own and their families’ health. This is even more apparent in marginalised and hard-to-reach communities.
Please support our work today to ensure we can continue to work with women and girls in the hardest-to-reach places and groups.
This March, the world is celebrating the role of women in their families and communities on both Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day. We would like to tell you about the role of one woman: Nice Nailantei Leng’ete from Kenya (pictured), who advocates for the Right to Health in Africa.
Nice attended an Amref training course on reproductive health in 2008, after refusing to be cut through the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at just eight years old. Not only is FGM/C a traumatic and painful experience, but it also leads to physical difficulties having sex and giving birth. Girls who are cut are more likely to leave school before finishing their education, and get married and have children too young.
Nice explains: “My driving force was always for women to be seen as human beings first, and women second […] I demanded that girls become women without being cut.” Nice is currently working with Amref on a project to deliver education on sexual and reproductive health and rights to girls across Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania.
Amref is continually learning from the women we work with.
We translate that learning into tailored projects that meet the different needs of communities across Africa. The programmes you fund from the UK reach over 200,000 women each year, helping them to demand their Right to Health. But there is still so much to do.
When women have control over their Right to Health, we often see the alleviation of other inequalities and discrimination, shared prosperity and sustainable development too. As a result of investing in women and girls, entire communities benefit.
Please support our work today, and help to guarantee the Right to Health for women and girls in Africa. Thank you.