President’s Messages

1-6-2017

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.

The program cuts across maternal and neonatal health, family planning, nutrition and HIV, and presents not only cutting-edge technologies that can be used in resource-poor settings, but innovative approaches to delivering services and the adoption of healthy behaviors. Africare will bring prenatal care services closer to 303,920 women in rural Senegal, allowing for early detection of potential problems and quick referrals to centers equipped to manage emergency obstetric care.

Through the merger with Accordia Global Health Foundation, Africare is partnering with African Centers of Excellence like the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to strengthen Africa’s health system and emergency preparedness and response to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve in Africa. IDI’s mission is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through research and capacity development.  Our latest article about IDI can be found here.

What makes all of this work possible is the generous support of the Africare family.  Our family is large and diverse, and it continues to grow.  Former and current Board members and employees of Africare contribute to our legacy, as well as the government of the United States, corporations, foundations, sororities and fraternities, faith-based organizations and thousands of generous individuals.

We continue to rely upon the generosity of all members of the Africare family, and we encourage you to give as much as you can as often as you can. Nothing we do to relieve suffering and improve the lives of ordinary Africans is possible without your encouragement and support. It takes a village to do what we do, and our village includes you.   Donating is as easy as clicking here.

Please show your commitment to and confidence in our work together by giving more generously than ever before.  Your support will enable us to Secure the Legacy and keep building upon a very solid foundation.

[More]

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.
[More]
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.

[More]
123
Next