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Africare NIgeria Receives Award from McCann Global Health for Cookstoves

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As part of efforts to drive adoption of clean cook stoves and fuels around the world, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has announced awards to four organizations to design and manage behavior change communication (BCC) interventions in Bangladesh, Kenya and Nigeria. Africare Nigeria has received one of the sought after awards from McCann Global Health.

McCann Health is the world’s most-awarded professional and consumer health network, and is fully integrated into McCann Worldgroup, the largest marketing communications agency network in the world. Africare Nigeria engages in projects that leverage local resources for under-served communities to solve their own development challenges, prioritizing the cross-cutting themes of economic development, nutrition, water, WASH, women’s empowerment, and youth engagement.

According to Africare Country Director Orode Doherty, Africare began working on cooking related issues in 2012, and have since worked with the Nigerian LPG and cookstove community to develop programs aimed at increasing uptake of cleaner stoves and fuels across 11 states in Nigeria. The team will focus efforts in two states in Nigeria, with a primary goal of motivating women to make the switch from kerosene to LPG for cooking. They will leverage the expertise of the McCann communications network to develop a mass media campaign, and build on Africare’ s existing community level programs and relationships with the LPG community in Nigeria, including their work with over 100 women’s cooperatives, to integrate more women into the LPG distribution chain.

Selected from more than 60 proposals, the BCC interventions will take place over the next two years and are expected to deliver impactful, evidence-based communications aimed at influencing consumer purchasing decisions and encouraging consistent use of cleaner cooking options.  The interventions will employ a variety of outreach tools, communication channels, and creative concepts, including a new cooking-focused reality TV show, radio programming, mobile messaging, roadshows, street theater, and more.

“These behavior change interventions will help increase consumer demand for a range of higher-performing cookstoves and fuels, improving lives, protecting the environment, and enabling manufacturers to meet the needs of more and more households,” said Brian Smith, Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance. “The Alliance’s added focus on demand creation comes at a time when there’s a wider selection of higher-quality stoves available than ever before.”

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s 100 by ‘20 goal calls for 100 million households to gain access to clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance works with a strong network of public, private and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels in developing countries.

 

 

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett
Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Monthly President’s Message – Social Media

The world is getting smaller. We are connected through the power of technology.  The internet. Smart phones. Computers, large and small.  Skype. FaceTime.  And on and on and on.   A few weeks ago Africare conducted staff training on how to use Twitter at headquarters and for 10 of our countries in Africa. The reviews suggest that it was a success.  (More on that later).

This training, as well as others we will undertake, is part of my key objective to create “One Africare”.  As many of you have heard me say before, our organization has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., but our mission is accomplished in districts and villages in the countries where Africare has a program presence. What weaves us together is that each of us, wherever we do our work, is committed to making African lives better.  That is the objective we share, and it is the driving force of our collective efforts.

To be “One Africare,” and to achieve our organizational objectives, we have to commit ourselves through a process of setting goals and financing them.  We do not just commit to donors.  We commit to each other.  We commit to our partners, with, and for whom, we undertake our work. I want to share with you what I believe these commitments are:

  • First, we commit to honesty and integrity.
  • Second, we commit to excellence.
  • Third, we commit to timeliness and responsiveness.
  • Fourth, we commit to innovation and entrepreneurship.

I am heartened by the stories coming from the people we work with in Africa.  Our programs continue to be designed to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Cookstoves in Nigeria, funded by McCann, maternity homes in Zambia funded by Merck, these are all examples of our projects and the depth and breadth of what we do on the Continent.

The mission of Africare is pretty spectacular. We enhance lives for the people of Africa. We see that conditions can change for the better. We work hard to make an impact. The people we touch will never know any of our names, and we may never know many of theirs.  But together we are making a difference. For now, that is enough.

Circling back to the beginning, I do hope you will follow us on Twitter. @Africare, our handle at headquarters, has been in existence a few short years and has already gained over 8,500 followers. We are currently following over 4,200 accounts and have Tweeted close to 6,600 times. You can also follow me at @AfricarePrezMallett.

I hope to “see” you soon.

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett Message

I am excited to share the following press release. After many months of meetings and excellent discussion, Africare and Accordia are proud to announce this merger. Please meet our four new staff members, *Alissa Oram, Susana Oguntoye, Victoria Hammond, and Samuel Lopez. *If you have questions about media, please contact Cheryl Kravitz, Media Relations and Strategic Communications, at *ckravitz@africare.org* *. *

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Significant Contribution From Longtime Partner AKA

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Robert L. Mallett, Africare’s President and CEO, was presented a check for $50,000 at a brunch of the Directorate of the 109 year old Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at its 67th Annual Boule in Atlanta. The Supreme Basileus of AKA, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, made contributions to a number of AKA partners. Africare has a long, important partnership with AKA.

 

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Africare Leaders Meet in Tanzania

Africare leadership meeting was held in Tanzania in Junde 2016.. From left to right (standing on the left side of the Africare banner):  Franklin Moore, Chief of Programs, Africare Herbert Mugumya, Deputy Country Director for Health, Africare Tanzania/Senior Technical Advisor for Pamoja Tuwalee Orode O. Doherty, Country Director, Africare Nigeria Peter Wirsiy, Acting Country Director, Africare Angola Isaac Sakala, OIC, Africare Zambia Robert L. Mallet, President and CEO, Africare From left to right (kneeling on the left side of the Africare banner): Noah Mwaipyana, Program Manager, Global Fund TB/HIV Project for Africare Tanzania Alfred Kalaghe, Acting Country Director, Africare Tanzania From left to right (standing on the right side of the banner, front row): Gorgui Sene Diallo, OIC, Africare Senegal Grace Kamaba, OIC Africare Malawi Alex Nalitolela, Agriculture and Food Security Specialist, Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program for Africare Tanzania Ernest Gale, Senior Country Director, Africare Liberia  James Ndirangu, Director of Finance and Administration, Africare Tanzania From left to right (standing on the right side of the banner, back row): Robert Williamson, Finance Manager, Africare South Africa James Machikicho, OIC, Africare Zimbabwe Merianne Liteman, Meeting Facilitator Photo by Aliza Hasham.

Africare leadership meeting was held in Tanzania in June 2016.
From left to right (standing on the left side of the Africare banner):
Franklin Moore, Chief of Programs, Africare
Herbert Mugumya, Deputy Country Director for Health, Africare Tanzania/Senior Technical Advisor for Pamoja Tuwalee
Orode O. Doherty, Country Director, Africare Nigeria
Peter Wirsiy, Acting Country Director, Africare Angola
Isaac Sakala, OIC, Africare Zambia
Robert L. Mallet, President and CEO, Africare
From left to right (kneeling on the left side of the Africare banner):
Noah Mwaipyana, Program Manager, Global Fund TB/HIV Project for Africare Tanzania
Alfred Kalaghe, Acting Country Director, Africare Tanzania
From left to right (standing on the right side of the banner, front row):
Gorgui Sene Diallo, OIC, Africare Senegal
Grace Kamaba, OIC Africare Malawi
Alex Nalitolela, Agriculture and Food Security Specialist, Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program for Africare Tanzania
Ernest Gale, Senior Country Director, Africare Liberia
James Ndirangu, Director of Finance and Administration, Africare Tanzania
From left to right (standing on the right side of the banner, back row):
Robert Williamson, Finance Manager, Africare South Africa
James Machikicho, OIC, Africare Zimbabwe
Merianne Liteman, Meeting Facilitator
Photo by Aliza Hasham.

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett
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As I complete six months as President and CEO of Africare, I am eager to focus on our future. We move forward with a strong sense of our history. Africare is one of the most experienced international development organizations with a singular focus on Africa. Since our founding, Africare has delivered more than $1 billion in assistance to tens of millions of men, women and children in Africa and we continue to deliver exceptional programs.

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Health workers at Africare’s MAPS-C facilities in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom and Rivers states will receive Fio’s Deki™ Reader to help them more accurately diagnose malaria and record results.
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