Women and Girls

Women are the gatekeepers to their communities' health. We work primarily through women and girls, to build the knowledge, skills and means to transform their health, laying foundations for generations to come.

Unsurprisingly, women and children are more vulnerable to ill health in Africa. Low income and social status, lack of education and traditional gender roles and responsibilities are key contributing factors. The biggest risk to the lives of teenage girls and women in the developing world is pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal death rates in Africa are particularly high because of the lack of skilled midwives, obstructed labour, unsafe abortions, anaemia and malaria. Across Africa, too many young girls become pregnant with devastating and long-term effects on their reproductive health.
Across Africa, a new mother dies every three minutes. Amref Health Africa supports reproductive health and rights for women through ensuring effective access to:
  • contraceptives
  • skilled obstetric services
  • assisted delivery
  • ante-natal and post-natal care

We know that increasing the number of skilled midwives and health care professionals is key to preventing maternal deaths. That's exactly what we are doing.


At Amref Health Africa UK, over 40% of our work is focused on maternal healthcare. A further 24% of our programmes are built around health worker training. 


You can read some of the remarkable stories of real change from the women and girls we work with by clicking here.

You can read about our maternal health projects in more detail by clicking here.


Every March, we celebrate African motherhood by standing in solidarity with women across the continent. We call this campaign, #SaveMothersDay