Africare In the News

Africare Wins Innovative Solutions Award to Prevent Infant/Maternal Deaths at the “DevelopmentXChange” Saving Lives at Birth Conference

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2013) – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, was recently selected as one of 22 Round 3 award transition-to-scale grant nominees at the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference on July 31, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

Africare proposed its “Collaborative Community Based Technology To Improve Maternal and Child Health in Senegal” model that integrates community based support services with mobile and telemedicine platforms to increase the demand for and access to high quality maternal and neonatal services for women living in remote areas of Senegal, a country known for its high maternal and infant mortality rates.

“In places like Kedougou, Senegal, women have to be carried down the mountainside to give birth,” says Dr. Nene Diallo, Director of the Office of Health, HIV & AIDS at Africare. “Africare takes a holistic approach to accessing health care by addressing human realities like these.”

The award nominees cut across maternal and neonatal health, family planning, nutrition and HIV, and they present not only cutting-edge technologies that can be used in resource-poor settings, but innovative approaches to delivering services and the adoption of healthy behaviors. The announcement was made at the closing forum of the DevelopmentXChange by the Saving Lives at Birth partners. The nominees will now enter into final negotiations before awards are issued.

The Saving Lives at Birth DevelopmentXChange provided a platform for top global innovators to present their ideas in an open, dynamic marketplace and exchange ideas with development experts and potential funders to help meet the immense challenge of protecting mothers and newborns in the poorest places on Earth, during their most vulnerable hours. Other promising ideas will be considered for “incubator awards” to assist innovators in further developing their ideas through dialogue and mentorship.

With its proposal, Africare will bring prenatal care services closer to 303,920 women in rural Senegal, allowing for early detection of potential problems and quick referrals to centers equipped to manage emergency obstetric care. Africare will also partner with Dimagi to build a mobile “mHealth” system to support timely data collection by community health workers, and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to use an innovative telemedicine platform, which provides distance training and technical assistance to community health workers to treat and refer cases as necessary.

Saving Lives at Birth is a partnership that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), and the U.K’s Department for International Development (DFID) and aims to invest in groundbreaking and sustainable projects with the potential to accelerate substantial progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level.

About Africare
Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has provided well over $1 billion of assistance and support through more than 2,500 projects in Agriculture & Food Security; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women’s Empowerment; and Health, HIV & AIDS that have impacted millions of beneficiaries in 36 countries in Africa. Visit for more information.

About Dimagi
Dimagi is a social enterprise that brings deep experience in ICT for data collection, communication, data analytics, capacity strengthening, and open source software development. Dimagi is a leader in creating scalable health ICT solutions for developing countries. For more information about CommCare, please visit

About African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)
AMREF is an international African organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. AMREF has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now one of the continent’s leading health development and research organizations. Today, AMREF implements its projects through country programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Sudan and South Africa. Training and consulting support are provided to an additional 30 African countries. For more information, please visit

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