Africare In the News

Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre Scales Up Africare’s Mwanzo Bora’s U.S. Government-supported SBCC Kit

Approximately 40 participants from 15 different organizations came together for a national Training of Trainers (TOT) training conducted by the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), co-facilitated by Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP), to scale up the project’s Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Kit—Mkoba wa Siku 1000. The kit uses peer support learning to replace negative nutrition behaviors with positive nutrition behaviors.

An estimated 2.7 million Tanzanian children under the age of five suffer from stunting, a measure of chronic malnutrition. But investments in nutrition activities by the Government of Tanzania and its partners have begun to turn the tide, with childhood stunting declining sharply in Tanzania between 2010-2014. During this period, the Mkoba wa Siku 1000, developed by MBNP in close collaboration with the TFNC, has been part of this reversal. Since the project’s inception in 2011, MBNP has contributed to significant reductions in stunting in Dodoma (56 percent to 36.5 percent); Morogoro (44 percent to 33.4 percent); and Manyara (46 percent to 36 percent). These gains have been made been possible through the use of the Mkoba wa Siku 1000.

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Letter from the President: March 31, 2017

Africare President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Africare President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

A little more than three months ago, Donald J. Trump, was sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States.  His status as a political outsider was certainly refreshing to many people who just wanted someone to go to Washington and make things work and help to make life better.  President Trump has brought an interesting and unconventional style of governing to the country.  His campaign theme, “Make America Great Again”, which resonated with many on the campaign trail, is now, with his first budget outline submitted to Congress, about to be translated into policy practice.

However, many are concerned that a more nationalist agenda will mean a retreat from America’s traditional leadership role abroad in development and humanitarian assistance for Africa and other less developed regions of the world.  The Administration’s budget proposals would slash the international affairs budget by up to 31 percent or about $17 billion.  A cut of this magnitude, if approved, is likely to have a devastating effect on Africa.  With just over half of Africare’s revenue coming from the U.S. government, a funding cut like this would significantly impact our programs and the many individuals and communities that benefit from our work in Africa.  So, we, like many other NGOs, are concerned deeply about how the Administration’s budget proposal will affect overall development assistance, and we have joined with others to voice those concerns.

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Africare, Robert L. Mallett, and Evelyn B. Simmons Featured Online This Month

Not only was Africare recently featured in Black Coffy, an urban affairs & news blog, but two interviews of Africare executives have also been published online this month:

Africare President Robert L. Mallett discussed his distinguished career, the people who have inspired him, and his guilty pleasures in this interview by the Dubrof Group consulting firm, and Africare’s Chief of External Relations & Partnerships, Evelyn B. Simmons discussed public-private partnerships and the path that led her to Africare in this Q&A with Inside NGO.

Black Coffee article on Africare: http://blackcoffy.com/2017/03/09/arfricare/
Robert L. Mallett interview: http://dubrof.com/portfolio_page/robert-mallett-201703/
Evelyn B. Simmons interview: https://www.insidengo.org/blog/member-profile-evelyn-boyd-simmons-africare

Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Robert L. Mallett, President

Evelyn B. Simmons, Chief of External Relations & Partnerships

 

 

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Africare’s Power Forward project highlighted in Nigeria’s “Daily Trust” newspaper

Copied from the Daily Trust website, view at the original source here  

Group to sensitize IDPs, students on lifesaving skills

Group to sensitize IDPs, students on lifesaving skills

Internally displaced persons (IDPs), students and vulnerable communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are part of the 10,000 people targeted to benefit from Africare Nigeria’s  Power Forward project on public health and life saving skills this year.

Country director, Africare Nigeria, Dr Orode  O. Doherty made this known yesterday in Abuja during a stakeholders meeting to launch its 2017 strategy.

She said the non-governmental organisation will be carrying out the Power Forward project in partnership with Exxon Mobil and National Basketball Association (NBA) .

“The strategy is to reach more indirect beneficiaries with public health and life saving skills learning, supplies distribution and behavior change interventions.

“This will be achieved by expanding programming into IDP camps, providing hand washing stations in 20 schools, planting of trees project amongst others,” she said.

Also speaking, Mrs Victoria Uno George, deputy director, Secondary Education Board, Abuja, said the 2017 strategy will give opportunity to more children.

“Africare’s 2017 strategy is wonderful because the schools are actively involved, and now, more children who don’t have opportunities will be reached.”

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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.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=callisto-madavo&pid=183604064

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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