Africare in the News

AFRICARE COMMEMORATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH PLANNED SUNSET OF ALL U.S. OPERATIONS AND ASSISTING IN STANDING UP
A NEW “PANAFRICARE” ON THE CONTINENT
COMPLETES A STRATEGIC PIVOT TO AFRICA

(August 3, 2020 – Washington DC) Crowning an impressive fifty-year legacy of high-impact programming within Africa, the Africare Board of Directors and President & CEO Robert L. Mallett today announced both the planned cessation of Africare operations in the US and the endorsement of a newly created independent entity, “PanAfricare” based in Senegal, West Africa. The birth of PanAfricare will coincide with the planned sunset of Africare. The new PanAfricare has established its own board of directors and will operate autonomously from the existing organization. Africare will transition its entire portfolio of projects to PanAfricare. As the legacy Africare closes its operations, a new “Friends of PanAfricare” has also been established. Its sole, independent purpose will be to support the new PanAfricare and other organizations with similar missions in sub-Saharan Africa with fundraising from donors who support the mission of Africare.

Upon inception, PanAfricare can demonstrate extensive reach with a presence in each region of Sub- Saharan Africa — Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and, of course, Senegal where the new PanAfricare headquarters will be based. Programs are within the core competencies of legacy Africare and the new PanAfricare, including Agriculture, Nutrition, Health, Women’s, and Youth Empowerment.

As Africare marked fifty years in existence (officially May 4, 2020) the organization also unveiled a special commemorative logo and hashtag campaign signifying that 2020 is #AfricareGoldenYear2020 to be celebrated alongside the programming transition to the African continent.

“It has been my great honor to serve as a steward of Africare’s enormous impact of transforming lives in Africa – from agricultural innovation, food security, and nutrition to empowering women and youth.

Now is simply the right time to pass this baton of stewardship not only to the capable Gorgui Diallo and the talented field staff – but to the entire continent of Africa via the new PanAfricare. I have great confidence that governments and donors committed to capacity building will take note and support this bold new venture.” said President & CEO Robert Mallett.

“It was indeed the appropriate moment to dually celebrate Africare’s wonderful legacy while also looking forward to ensure PanAfricare would be in a position to deliver services to the people of Africa,” said Board Chair Stephen D. Cashin. “We are greatly appreciative of all the global “Africare alumni” who have provided their energies and idea capital towards reaching this milestone. We are also grateful to our many government, international and corporate partners, foundations, sororities, churches and individual donors over this period who have underwritten the delivery of valuable services to the people of Africa. Africare has long enjoyed a widely diverse base of donor support,” he added.

The new PanAfricare will be headed by the experienced and respected former Africare country director Gorgui Diallo and many talented country-based project teams will join him in this new venture. “I am humbled, honored and energized to become the inaugural CEO of the new PanAfricare. We appreciate the confidence of existing donors such as Bayer, Exxon Mobil, and others who have reauthorized former Africare grants to PanAfricare. The new PanAfricare is excited about many projects such as nurturing a highly innovative initiative converting mining waste to fertilizer in Chad.”

In yet another significant outcome of the Africare-PanAfricare transition, it was formally announced that the sale of the venerable Washington DC “Africare House” headquarters was completed. The future structure at the site will also commemorate the illustrious legacy of Africare House. Assembled throughout the years by Africare co-founder the late C. Payne Lucas and other donors, the famed Africare art collection/artifacts will now be curated at both the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and The University of Maryland Eastern Shore – the latter institution where Lucas was a celebrated alumnus.

Further announcements regarding exhibitions of these historic artifacts will be made throughout the remaining sunset year of the #AfricareGoldenYear2020 campaign.

Through its social media accounts and website, the #AfricareGoldenYear2020 effort is designed to both commemorate the superb legacy of the organization’s fifty-year tenure and raise awareness and funds for PanAfricare by means of the newly formed “Friends of PanAfricare”.

The organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages will commemorate key moments in Africare’s evolution in both the US and Africa from its inception in 1970.

Africare alumni, donors, and the public are invited to use the hashtag #AfricareGoldenYear2020 on social media to relive some of the memorable people, places, and programs during the organization’s fifty years and encourage personal submissions and reflections. #AfricareGoldenYear2020 will also highlight some of the famed African artwork enjoyed by the many visitors to Africare House over the years and to ensure continued scholarship regarding Africa and inspiration for future generations.

“#AfricareGoldenYear2020 is dually a recognition of our great fifty-year legacy in Africa while highlighting the promising planned programming on the continent,” said President & CEO Robert Mallett. “As we are on the ground every day, we increasingly see effective solutions towards uplifting people’s lives developed locally throughout our operating countries vs. imported from the US. A new autonomous PanAfricare is dedicated to delivering programming which directly benefits people, Mallett added.  Africare is inviting existing staff, dedicated Africare Alumni, donors, and all our loyal supporters to adopt the hashtags “#AfricareGoldenYear2020” and “#MyAfricareMemory” on social media and share their sentiments, participation and even photos in support of the collective work in Africa since 1970.

During Fall 2020, as the new PanAfricare commences its inaugural year as a new Africa-based entity and the “Friends of PanAfricare” goes live, Africare will explore ending the year with a small golden anniversary commemoration (virtual or in-person depending upon the COVID19 climate) to thank donors, Africare partners, and alumni, the African Ambassadorial community and the organization’s many longtime friends.

Download  the full pdf version of Africare’s press release here

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Monsanto Fund Helps Africare Address Malnutrition in Kenya

 

 

Monsanto Fund Helps Africare Address Malnutrition in Kenya

Turkana County, Kenya is in the throes of a critical food emergency.  Record malnutrition rates, erratic climate and a disruption of traditional food sources have led the World Health Organization to designate the area as an Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis.  But, thanks to a grant from the Monsanto Fund, Africare will soon start helping pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children live healthier lives by increasing access to nutritious foods and nutrition education.   

 

The Improved Approach to Community-based Nutrition in Turkana (IMPACT) Project aligns the Monsanto Fund’s Food and Nutrition strategy and its commitment to addressing malnutrition and alleviating hunger.  To read the full press release click here  

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Africare Awarded for Innovative Mobile App Developed to Measure Anemia

Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) team received one of three USAID’s Global Development Lab’s “Innovation to Action Awards” last week in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes the impact this innovation will have: breaking the cycle of malnutrition and anemia passed from mother to child, and engendering good nutrition and health in the crucial first 1,000 days of life, ensuring children grow, learn, and thrive.

The Africare-developed Hb Meter is a mobile device app for Android® smartphones developed to help program staff measure anemia levels in communities in Tanzania. It can tell if a person is anemic within 15 seconds without drawing any blood. Simply put an index finger on the device and the camera’s flash is able to filter through the skin to measure relevant blood levels, categorizing the result as “severe”, “mild”, or “no anemia” in line with World Health Organization standards. The app provides the results electronically on site, and can feed the data directly into health systems databases and dashboards, codified and anonymized to protect the privacy of each individual.

MBNP Testing at Muhimbili Hospital, Tanzania

Before the app trained staff has to draw blood, run a test, and read the results to diagnose anemia; this process took several minutes and was dependent on the individual being comfortable with having their blood drawn. The breakthrough of this invention means easy, fast identification of anemia without specific clinical training requirements, needles, or test kits; especially useful when working with infants or vulnerable adults, and in remote areas.  The cost of the test was also greatly reduced from about 62 cents per individual to 1 cent per individual.

An indicator of poor nutrition or underlying illness, anemia results in poor health, including loss of energy and reduced physical capacity. In Tanzania, over half of all pregnant women, and more than 1 in 3 women are likely to be anemic. Anemia in pregnancy is associated with illness and death of both the mother and baby, including increased risk of miscarriages, stillbirths, premature birth, and low birth weight. Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program, funded by USAID and implemented in Tanzania, aims to eliminate 20% of all anemia in the first 1,000 days of life using social and behavior change communication to improve nutrition.

Throughout the continent Africare has been recognized for its program implementation excellence. As a top global innovator in Senegal, Africare received the Innovative Solutions Award to Prevent Infant/Maternal Deaths at the “DevelopmentXChange” Saving Lives at Birth Conference for a groundbreaking ICT platform to improve care in pregnancy, delivery and right after childbirth for both mother and baby in remote areas of Senegal.

Africare’s MBNP team was honored for this breakthrough mobile app at an award ceremony during Global Innovation Week held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

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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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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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