AMREF UK last week launched the international Stand Up for African Mothers campaign at an evening event held at the exclusive central London hotel, One Aldwych. The evening was a great success with many members of the African diaspora attending and adding their voices to the campaign.
The hosts of the evening, AMREF Director General Teguest Guerma, Her Excellency the Ambassador of Uganda to the UK Joan Rwabyomere and AMREF UK CEO Samara Hammond, called upon the diaspora and other guests at the function to help AMREF bring better health to mothers across Africa, and to spread word of the campaign to others within their communities. They urged members of the diaspora to support the training of African midwives and sign the petition in support of Esther Madudu, the Ugandan midwife whose nomination AMREF is supporting for the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 as a representative of midwives across Africa.
Guests were given campaign bracelets made from African patterned fabric in the style of the bracelets given to mothers and children at birth to show their support for the Stand Up for African Mothers cause. “It was fantastic to see so many members of the African community come out and show their support for the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign. We had a brilliant evening and are looking forward to pushing the campaign forward in 2012 and beyond to bring better health care to women in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said AMREF UK CEO Samara Hammond.