www.usaid.gov – In Senegal and much of West Africa, pregnant women rarely seek out prenatal care, not because they don’t want to deliver a healthy baby, but because of traditional beliefs that discourage them from disclosing a pregnancy in its early stages.
www.impatientoptimists.org – Up in the lush Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania, a USAID-funded nutritional program, Mwanzo Bora (which means good start in Swahili) has been put in place to help increase local mothers’ breastfeeding rates, lower the number of expectant mothers with anemia, and provide parents with the nutritional know-how to properly feed their children a well-balanced diet.
www.internationalreportingproject.org – Abdullah Yahya’s farm sits above the dirt road that is unfriendly to cars after it rains. Corn stalks remain in the ground, withered by a lack of recent rains. The morning rain is a good sign. Abdullah will soon uproot the failed crop and plant with the hopes of a successful harvest.
WASHINGTON (July 5, 2013) — Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, was recently selected to compete with its innovative project proposal that addresses maternal and child mortality at the 2013 Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference from July 29 until July 31 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Gender Interventions in Nigeria Empower Vulnerable Children and Female Caregivers through Education, Economic Strengthening, and Advocacy
msh.org – In Nigeria, women and girls carry the bulk of the caregiving burden for those infected with HIV and children left vulnerable or orphaned by AIDS. These responsibilities often prevent girls and women from obtaining an education and developing income-generating skills.
WASHINGTON (April 18, 2013) —The Japanese government and Africare/Liberia signed a grant agreement on March 12, 2013, for the construction and full furnishing, including generators to supply electricity, of two maternal waiting homes (MWHs) in the Haindii and Fenutole localities of Bong County in Liberia. The grant is valued at more than $112,000.
WASHINGTON (April 17, 2013) — CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, stopped by the Towero site of Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) in Morogoro, Tanzania during its CARE Learning Tour, on which a group of high-level U.S. government officials, corporate partners and the media visited different projects in Africa tackling food and nutrition security. Members of the delegation learned that Mwanzo Bora, which means, “good start,” teaches families farming techniques and provides nutrition advice to support the government of Tanzania’s goal to reduce childhood stunting and maternal anemia by 20% over a five-year period.
Enough Food to Feed His Family: USAID Shares the Success Story of an Africare Beneficiary in Burkina Faso
usaid.gov – “Prior to the [USAID] program, I was only able to provide my two wives and 11 children six months’ worth of food throughout the year. Now I can provide 12 months of food. And we are eating better, because we have more foods available to us.” – Amadé Ouadrago