We have expanded our Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services across the continent, trained more health workers and supported more communities with sustainable health solutions.
In an era of uncertainty and change, Amref Health Africa has continued to stand with women, girls and their communities to enable them to improve their own health, now and
for the long-term.
Writing this introduction has given me a welcome opportunity to reflect on our achievements over the last twelve months and also celebrate our strengths – and our differences – as an organisation. We are a truly African organisation, headquartered in Kenya and known and respected across the continent. For nearly 60 years our supporters, partners and friends have trusted Amref Health Africa to deliver lasting health change because of the local knowledge and respect we have earned as an organisation.
Headquartered in Nairobi since 1957, we have been working from
the ground up using a combination of grass-roots development
and government partnerships. This approach has made a tangible difference to generations and continues to enable communities to develop their own health solutions and access efficient and effective support and services.
In 2016, the UK team focussed our efforts on four key areasof Amref’s work; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Training Health Workers. Through these themes and the overall goal of strengthening health systems across the continent, in 2016 the UK has supported 22 programmes across 15 countries, reaching nearly 775,000 people over a twelve month period. That means programmes funded from the UK alone benefit over 2,000 people each and every day.
We have also spent time together this year as a staff and board team, creating a new three-year strategy for Amref UK and securing resources to invest in strengthening our capacity to raise funds, support programmes and advocate for women’s and girls’ health. With a clear vision for our future, we are building a stronger team and ensuring we can continue to play a strong role within the Amref Health Africa global family in the coming years.
As always, our mission here in the UK is to celebrate and champion African women and girls through our programmatic and fundraising work. As gatekeepers to their communities’ health, women and girls hold a powerful position. By harnessing this power and by giving women the means to transform their health and the health of their communities, the positive impact of these opportunities are clear cross-continent. It is our privilege and responsibility to tell these remarkable stories in the UK in the way the African women who work with us tell us they want them to be told: representing African women as individuals, not victims.
During the course of this year we have commissioned stunning new photographs and captured individual stories and opinions to enable us to show you our work through the eyes of the remarkable African women at its core.
I would also like to take this opportunity to offer a special and sincere thank you to our partners, supporters and friends, without whom our work would not be possible. Our Annual Review gives a flavour of what you have helped us to achieve: together, we have made a powerful and significant difference to achieving lasting health change in Africa and we are looking forward to building on these relationships and creating new opportunities in healthcare development in 2017 and beyond.
Thank you for your support.
Chief Executive, Amref Health Africa UK