AMREF Flying Doctors, Africa’s leading public health NGO, organised on Saturday 17th October 2015 its first ever gala in Monaco, in association with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, to raise funds for AMREF’s international Stand Up for African Mothers campaign and a new AMREF-Princess Charlene of Monaco project for child health through water safety in Kenya.
This event was held in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and 240 high-profile guests, including French politician Jean-Louis Borloo, journalist Béatrice Schönberg, actress and model Sonia Rolland, actress and singer Nadège Beausson-Diagne. Ugandan midwife Esther Madudu also attended the evening and gave a moving speech on her work as an African midwife and the importance of training more health workers in maternal health. Journalists Samira Ibrahim and Bernard de la Villardière hosted the evening during which two singers performed: Angie Castel and Nadège Beausson-Diagne.
This gala marked the official launch in Monaco of AMREF’s international Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, which aims to train 15,000 African midwives in order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 7,000 midwives have already been trained through this campaign and the objective is to reach
15,000 African midwives trained by 2018.
The evening also marked the launch of a project in Kenya between AMREF and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation for children’s health through the provision of drinking water, hygiene education, drowning prevention, learning to swim and water safety training in schools.
In total, 240,000€ were raised through this charity event (including 73,000€ during the evening thanks to an auction sale and a live fundraising challenge called “Monacoeur”).
These donations will support on one hand AMREF Flying Doctors’ women’s health programmes through the training of midwives in 7 African countries, and on the other hand a joint project in Kenya implemented by AMREF Flying Doctors and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
AMREF Flying Doctors: Founded in 1957 in Kenya, AMREF Flying Doctors is now Africa’s leading public health NGO and the first African non-profit organisation to provide medical staff training. Each year, the organisation undertakes 150 programmes helping 12 million people in 35 Sub-Saharan African countries, mainly in rural areas, within local communities where priority is given to women and children. Since 2011, AMREF has run the international “Stand Up for African Mothers” campaign which aims to train 15,000 African midwives in order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. By October 2015, more than 7,000 midwives have benefited from the AMREF training programmes in seven African countries.
www.amref.fr / www.amref.org
Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation: Launched in December 2012, the primary objective of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is to save lives by fighting against drowning. Its missions are to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim. A number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programmes have been implemented worldwide in order to fight against this affliction. The Foundation’s actions are also based on the values of sport such as discipline, self-respect and respect for others, determination and team spirit. This is why a specific programme “Sport & Education” was created. It allows children, thanks to international sporting events and exchanges, to open their minds to different cultures.
Photo Credits: CeÃÅdric Danonville