Amref Health Africa and the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) have signed a memorandum of understanding for a partnership to address the health of women and children in Africa.
Ghanaian First Lady Madame Lordina Mahama, who is the current OAFLA President, signed the MOU with Amref Health Africa CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on January 31. The partnership seeks to use advocacy, resource mobilisation and collaboration with stakeholders at all levels to promote policy level consideration of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health as a major development concern.
Other key issues to be addressed are family planning, prevention and management of cervical cancer, gender equality, the empowerment of women, poverty reduction and youth development.
OAFLA and Amref Health Africa will jointly run national and regional campaigns to increase the numbers and capacities of health workers to provide quality maternal and child health services, including Amref’s Stand Up for African Mothers campaign and the Africa Union’s Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (Carma).
The two parties will also organise joint advocacy campaigns to reduce new HIV infections among young girls, women and children, and also to empower communities to demand quality reproductive, maternal and child health services, including prevention and management of cervical cancer.
As part of the agreement, Amref Health Africa will provide technical advisers in its areas of expertise to support the implementation of related OAFLA programmes and also strengthen the capacities of the First Ladies and their organisation to facilitate improvement of health outcomes in Africa.
“We are honoured to work with the African First Ladies in addressing issues relating to the health of women and children, which is Amref Health Africa’s primary area of concern,” said Dr Gitahi. “I believe that the partnership will go a long way in influencing policy to ensure lasting improvement in the health and wellbeing of these vulnerable groups and the overall health of African communities,” he added.
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Amref Health Africa is an international African organisation founded and headquartered in Kenya. Amref Health Africa works with the most vulnerable African communities through its country programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and its Southern Africa and West Africa regional hubs based in South Africa and Senegal respectively. Through its laboratory, clinical outreach and training programmes, Amref Health Africa reaches an additional 30 plus countries in Africa. With over half a century of experience in delivering health care and building health systems in Africa, Amref Health Africa supports those at the heart of the communities, particularly women and children, to bring about lasting health improvement.