Zambia

Africare will propose an integrated package of maternal and newborn interventions to increase demand for and access to quality health services.
Africare will propose an integrated package of maternal and newborn interventions to increase demand for and access to quality health services.

FOR AFRICARE, SAVING LIVES AT BIRTH MEANS BRINGING INNOVATION AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO ZAMBIA AND SENEGAL

mysocialgoodnews.com — Pregnancy and childbirth in Zambia continue to be risky, leading to death and disability for some women of childbearing age. Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, will present solutions to maternal and infant mortality in Zambia and Senegal at the 2014 Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference from July 30 until August 1, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

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Africare, Dimagi Project Selected as a Saving Lives at Birth Finalist

www.dimagi.com — On Wednesday July 30, 2014, Africare will propose an integrated package of life-saving maternal and newborn interventions to increase demand for and access to high-quality health services in Zambia at the DevelopmentXchange Conference in Washington, D.C. The project, which includes an mHealth component from Dimagi, was one of 52 finalists selected for the 2014 Saving Lives at Birth competition.

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Africare is saving lives of new mothers and infants. Image courtesy of Dimagi, Inc.
Africare is saving lives of new mothers and infants. Image courtesy of Dimagi, Inc.

For Africare, Saving Lives at Birth Means Bringing Innovation and Community Partnerships to Zambia and Senegal

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WASHINGTON (July 17, 2014) – Pregnancy and childbirth in Zambia continue to be risky, leading to death and disability for some women of childbearing age. Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, will present solutions to maternal and infant mortality in Zambia and Senegal at the 2014 Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference from July 30 until August 1, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

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Africare Chief of Staff Kendra E. Davenport. Photo: Jacob Foko
Africare Chief of Staff Kendra E. Davenport. Photo: Jacob Foko

Give Life!

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Everyone knows a woman who has given birth – a mother, a wife, daughter or other relative.

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Africare's Jessy Mtenje greets community members during the MWH research.
Africare's Jessy Mtenje greets community members during the MWH research.

A Shared Vision for Safe Motherhood

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The woman’s water breaks. She’s having a baby! She tells her partner they need to leave home right away, and so begins their mad dash to the hospital.

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Esnart Ngulube is one of the three house beneficiaries under the Kataji Self Help Group. She now feels happy because her community accepts her.
Esnart Ngulube is one of the three house beneficiaries under the Kataji Self Help Group. She now feels happy because her community accepts her.

Esnart’s Dream

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In Zambia, men have most of the power. There has been an effort to gain greater influence for women’s rights, but it is difficult to incorporate programs that change traditional beliefs.

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Photo: Lonnie Woods III
Photo: Lonnie Woods III

Africare’s Edge: Impact-Enhancing Technology

Technology can transform lives in Africa, and Africans can revolutionize technology. Africare is doubling-down on the impact-enhancing potential of technology by partnering with innovators in Africa and around the world. We are incorporating their products and services into our projects to leverage up our four decades of success in improving lives across Africa.

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