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Africare mourns Callisto Madavo, a giant in African development

Callisto Madavo, longtime Africare Board Member

Dear Africare Family,

It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we must inform you of the passing of Africare Board Member Callisto Madavo. Callisto’s longstanding commitment to the people of Africa lives on in his contributions to the work of Africare and his many other worthwhile undertakings.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Callisto’s family at this time.  Please help us share the news of this great loss by forwarding this message to others who may have had the good fortune to have known him.

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

As we begin 2017, we look forward to engaging Africare’s  supporters even more as we focus on our future.   In the past year, we have made great strides toward Securing the Legacy of Africare to build its future.  As we remember our past and celebrate our progress, we are ever mindful that we have much more work to do to renew and strengthen Africare and fulfill its mission.

We are proud of the work we are doing on the African continent. You can read about some of our successes in our newsletter. For example, in Senegal, we integrate 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. Senegal is a country known for its high maternal and infant mortality rates.

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

A year ago I became the fourth President of Africare. It has been a rewarding and growth-filled adventure.  Africare’s work is important and purposeful, and for 46 years its work has been on the cutting edge of development in Africa, making it one of the most experienced international development organizations in the world.   

Across all of our geographies and at headquarters, the people of Africare come to work committed to our mission and focused on preserving Africare’s legacy of exceptional programming.  We are also testing and applying new strategies for organizational renewal and growth.  
 
While absent in the last few years, the newsletter will be but one of the ways we communicate with our supporters and friends.  The projects you will read about in the newsletter represent an affirmation of Africare’s history, and they point the way forward. We never forget that Africare is grounded in grass-roots development.  
 
Our ever-growing marketplace challenges demand that we modernize our approach to the work we do, seek new strategies to solve problems, and find new partners to work with us.  You will learn about some of those areas by reading our newsletter.

“It is an exciting time to be at Africare”

Many of you are continuous and long-time supporters and we are very grateful for your investment.  Some of you once supported us, and we invite you to renew your interest in our work.  Many of you have taken a passing interest in the work we do and now we ask for your support in more tangible ways.

Please be sure to sign up online to receive our newsletter so you don’t miss out on the exciting things happening here at headquarters and abroad.
 
We can only achieve results with your help. My hope is that you will join us on this journey.
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By Aliza Moorji-Hasham

Communications Specialist

Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program

A U.S. Government supported program used to improve nutrition among mothers and children was formally adopted by the Government of Tanzania as it seeks to accelerate gains in reducing stunting among Tanzanian children under the age of five. The Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program’s National Nutrition Social and Behavior Change Communication Kit (also known as Mkoba wa Siku 1000) was nationalized at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre as a part of the Joint Multisectoral Nutrition Review meeting.

The Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program and the launch of the kit has been supported by Africare Tanzania as the prime partner, with a consortium of partners of COUNENUTH, Deloitte, and the Manoff Group.

The kit was distributed to various stakeholders, nutrition partners and NGOs (as pictured), as well as Regional and District Nutrition Officers from around the country.

The Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program is a 7-year project funded by USAID as part of the Feed the Future initiative. The project’s goal is to improve the nutritional status of children and pregnant and lactating women, thereby reducing maternal anemia and childhood stunting by 20 percent in six regions in Tanzania.

 

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ExxonMobil, NBA, Africare Reinstate Commitment to Power Forward

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October 1, 2016: ExxonMobil, NBA, Africare have reinstated their commitment to youth and sports development as they sponsor the third season of the Power Forward programme at the National Stadium in Kukwaba, Abuja.

Power Forward, a partnership between ExxonMobil, the NBA and Africare, uses the game of basketball to teach and mentor students from secondary schools in Abuja about health literacy and life skills such as leadership, respect and personal responsibility.

The event which had in attended former NBA player, Kelenna Azubuike, featured boys and girls championship games, performances from the Philadelphia 76ers Flight Squad and other youth competitions.

According to Dr. Paul Arinze of ExxonMobil, “Power Forward, through its focus on health, builds on efforts by the ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative to combat malaria in Nigeria.  The successful initiative works with a range of partners to prevent, treat and, ultimately, eliminate malaria especially in pregnant women and children under 5 who constitute the most vulnerable.”

He added that, “Our appreciation to the National Basketball Association, Africare, the NBA Talents, National Malaria Elimination Program of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, the Power Forward Schools and everyone for their support for this initiative.

The Power Forward project was initiated 2013 in partnership with ExxonMobil, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Africare to implement a youth development program that incorporates both life-skills training and public health education, using the convening power of basketball.

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First Maternity Waiting Homes Completed and Opened in Zambia – ZaMs Project

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Africare Zambia recently completed and opened its first six Maternity Waiting Homes. Lively community events were open to the community at each site. Local leaders from the area, including government officials, were in attendance. Three homes are in Mansa District, Luapula Province located at Mano, Fimpulu and Lubende Rural Health Centers and three are located in Lundazi District, Eastern Province: Nyangwe, Nkhanga and Mwase Lundazi Rural Health Centers.  Jessy Mtenje, Lundazi District Coordinator for the project states, “These homes are set up to be community managed entrepreneurial enterprises with a variety of income generating activities as mechanisms for the homes to be financially sustainable, adequately maintained and also a sources of pride for women in the region”.

Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the one of the homes in Lundazi. This effort falls within the larger Maternity Homes Alliance efforts in Zambia that includes additional districts.

In rural Zambia, health facilities are sparse, roads are unpaved and transportation is unreliable. Women often have to travel long distances to reach the nearest health facility, making it difficult for them to get the care they need during pregnancy, childbirth and immediately postpartum. In fact, in Zambia, distance challenges are considered a leading contributor to the country’s high maternal mortality ratio of 224 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births.

Maternity waiting homes, residences near health facilities where pregnant women can stay until they go into labor and immediately after childbirth, can help overcome these distance challenges by enabling women to reside closer to health facilities as they approach the end of their pregnancies.

The government of Zambia has included maternity waiting homes in the country’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality. The goal is to make these homes sustainable by empowering local communities to both effectively manage them and generate income to support their operations through creative entrepreneurial activities, therefore ensuring the homes and the services they provide are available for the long term.

Eden Ahmed Mdluli, Senior Technical Specialist, who supports the project from Africare headquarters in Washington, DC, says “Africare is energized to work within the alliance and collectively achieve more for vulnerable communities in Zambia and elsewhere”.

MSD, through MSD for Mothers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The ELMA Foundation are supporting the Maternity Homes Alliance in Zambia to build and strengthen 24 maternity waiting homes throughout the country – all of which will be located near high-functioning health facilities equipped to provide quality care and manage life-threatening emergencies that can arise during pregnancy or childbirth. Africare, in collaboration with the University of Michigan, and Boston University, in collaboration with the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development, are leading the program, supporting local communities to manage the homes.

The three-year project focuses on the districts of Mansa, Chembe, Lundazi, Kalomo, Choma, and Nyimba, and it builds on the existing efforts of each organization to lower maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa – where more than half of all maternal deaths occur. The project also represents part of MSD for Mothers’ commitment to Saving Mothers, Giving Life, a public-private partnership led by the U.S. Government to reduce maternal deaths in the region. 

The program is creating entrepreneurial models of these homes to test a variety of income generating activities to promote their long-term financial sustainability. The program will include an in-depth evaluation to help the maternal health field determine whether maternity waiting homes can be both an effective and sustainable solution to help women overcome distance barriers to quality care. 

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