Our focus is on 13 sub-Saharan African countries with a maternal mortality ratio of over 300 per every 100,000 live births

Our focus

We aim to train 15,000 midwives from 13 African countries.  In addition, we are providing institutional support by giving books, furniture and equipment.  To support a health training institution, you can buy  desks, computer booths, desktop computers, books by donating here.   So far, we have been able to support institutions in Zambia, Rwanda and Mozambique.

Amref Health Africa is also undertaking curriculum development, eContent development and support the approval process for eLearning upgrading of midwives in Uganda,Tanzania, Zambia, Lesotho, Malawi and Senegal.  In Ethiopia, we train tutors who in turn offer midwifery training courses.

For more information about our activities in each country, see below:


After more than a quarter century of civil war, Angola's health system faces numerous challenges.  Angola's maternal mortality ratio is 450 per 100,000 live births.  Read more>>


The annual population growth rate in Burundi is estimated at 2.4 per cent and the economy's demograhpic profile reflects a large and growing 'youth' bulge.  The total fertility rate is 6.4 children per woman.  Read more>>


Ethiopia records about 3 million births in a year and only 6 our od 100 pregant women have a skilled midwife or doctor attending to them.  Cultural beliefs and practices such as Female Genital Mutilation make delivery complicated requiring midwives to help women give birth.  Read more >>


The lifetime risk of a woman dying from pregnancy and childbirth related complications in Kenya is high, at 1 in 38, compared to 1 in 3,800 in developed countries.  The maternal mortality ration in Kenya is 488 deaths per 100,000 live births.  Read more>>


Lesotho has a total population of 1.8 million and about 70 per cent of these live in the rural areas.  26 per cent of the female population are in their productive years and 19 per cent who attend antenatal clinic are under 19 years of age.  Read more >>


In 2010, Malawi's population was estimated at 14.4 million.  About seven per cent of the population is comprised of infants aged less than 1 year, 22 per cent are under five and about 46 per cent are 18 years and above. Read more >>


Mozambique experiences severe shortage of health workers with only 3 doctors and 21 nurses per 100,000 people.  Furthermore, the frontline health providers are often poorly trained and have limited management skills.  Read more >>


With a total population of about 10 million people and a fertility rate of 4.6, Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.  Rwanda's genocide affected the country economically and socially with a negative impact on human resources.  Read more >>


In Senegal, a woman has a 1 in 54 lifetime risk of dying while giving birth or carrying a pregnancy.  Each year, the country loses 1,700 women to maternal related deaths.  There is also a low uptake of contraception and just 12 per cent of women of child bearing age use them.  Read more>>

South Sudan

South Sudan experiences one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, and its effects are devastating. The lifetime risk of a woman dying due to maternal causes here is 1 in 7, making it the worst place for a woman to give birth in the world.  Read more >>


Most of Tanzania's nearly 45 million citizens live in rural areas, often far from well-equipped health facilities with skilled health personnel.  This has led to one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with 8,500 women dying every year from pregnancy and childbirth related complications.  Read more >>


Uganda's maternal mortality rates remain high and in 2011, the maternal mortality rate was 438 per 100,000 live births.  These high maternal mortality rates are reflective of access to health care services.  With just one midwife for every 5,000 mothers, Uganda is far from achieving quality maternal health care.  Read more>>


Over 60 per cent of Zambia's 12.94 million live in rural areas where access to healthcare services is limited.  The maternal mortality ratio of 470 per 100,000 live births and the country has to deal with other epidemics such as HIV/AIDS which claims 135 lives per 1,000 adults.  Read more>>

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Your donations will be used to support Midwives, mothers and babies throughout Africa. 

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