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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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In Memoriam Princeton Nathan Lyman

 

Africare mourns the death of Ambassador Princeton Nathan Lyman who departed this life peacefully at his home last Friday, August 24, 2018.  He is remembered fondly in diplomatic circles as a quintessential American ambassador.  He served as ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa.  He served in South Africa at a propitious and historic moment as the world was not sure how the country would emerge from the apartheid era and whether it would be able to do so peacefully.

Ambassador Lyman’s skill and quiet presence worked behind the scenes to ensure a successful and peaceful transition from apartheid to democratic majority rule in South Africa.  His storied diplomatic career also included roles as deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa, director of Refugee Programs, assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs, and special envoy to Sudan to mediate talks between northern and southern Sudan.  He is also a former board member of Africare.

For all the peace Ambassador Lyman helped to forge in the world, it is now his turn to rest in glorious peace.

 

 

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In Memoriam Koffi Atta Annan

 

Africare pauses to mourn and celebrate the committed life of Kofi Atta Annan, the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and key supporter of Africare.

Mr. Annan, a Ghanaian, was a diplomat and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.  His death is a profound loss to the cause of justice and peace throughout the world.  His life is a shining example of what determined, and purposeful leadership can achieve.

He once said this about Africare:

[We] celebrate the achievements of Africare as an organization that epitomizes the best and most inspiring of civil society action: a movement that started from scratch, fueled by the conviction that it is possible to change things for the better. Nowhere is that conviction more important than in the process to support development in Africa. Your work over more than a quarter of a century to bring relief and self-reliance to so many has indeed made a real difference to the people of the continent.

We say this about him now:  Well done, Mr. Secretary-General. Rest in eternal peace.

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#TheNextEdwinah

“For those that give, for those that send through every form of encouragement, please do, it counts. A lot, and a long-way!” -Edwinah

“For those that give, for those that send through every form of encouragement, please do, it counts. A lot, and a long-way!” -Edwinah

Imagine being a child and knowing your family’s best hope for a better life rests on your small shoulders. Imagine seeing your family sacrifice everything just so you can get a good education — and having no more to give when that dream is left unfulfilled.   Edwinah didn’t have to imagine this — she lived it. 

Over ten years ago, through eyes still yellowed from the lingering effects of malaria, Edwinah saw her family sell nearly everything they owned to pay for her secondary school education.  But it still wasn’t enough.  Just when it seemed that all hope was lost, Edwinah’s plight came to Africare’s attention.  Thanks to the educational support we provided, she graduated from Rwentobo High School and went on to complete her advanced level education at Maryhill High School in Mbarara District, Uganda.   

This year, Edwinah was moved to contact Africare to tell us how that help changed her life.  From high school, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Makerere University. A Master’s degree in public health from the University of Nottingham followed — both degrees paid for through additional scholarships and grants she earned along the way.  

Today, Edwinah works as a Research Associate at Makerere University.  She gives others in her village the kind of help Africare gave her when it mattered most.  She’s helping her siblings with their education — and doing the same for orphans and young girls in her district.  She is mobilizing supporters to help provide scholarships for young people in need.

Her family is doing “much better than before,” she reports.  Edwinah is happy, fulfilled and thankful for the support she received from Africare.  She says she “will remember every bit forever.”

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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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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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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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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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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.
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.

Africare and Fio mark World Malaria Day with innovative new partnership in Nigeria

UYO, AKWA IBOM, NIGERIA | APRIL 25, 2016 – Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, is joining forces with Fio Corporation, a Canadian technology company, to introduce automated malaria testing…

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