Stand Up for African Mothers

Make Childbirth a Matter of Joy – Not Life or Death – for African Women

In the strong belief that no woman should die giving life, AMREF launched the international Stand Up for African Mothers campaign in October 2011 to draw attention to the plight of African mothers and to mobilise citizens worldwide to ensure that mothers get the basic medical care they need during pregnancy and childbirth. No child should be left an orphan due to lack of health care for women.

The Stand Up for African Mothers campaign aims to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 and contribute towards reduction of maternal deaths. Without basic medical care that women in developed countries take for granted, maternal mortality remains a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa where:

  • 162,000 mothers die every year due to a lack of simple medical care
  • 950,000 African children are left motherless each year
  • 40% of African women do not receive prenatal care, and more than half of all deliveries take place at home without medical assistance

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies


African Midwives Protect the Heart of African Communities

Recognising that women and mothers are at the very heart of African communities, the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign will support the highly symbolic candidacy of an African midwife, Esther Madudu, for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

African women are at the centre of the social and economic development chain. The death of a mother while giving birth is a big setback for African society. Through the training of more midwives, AMREF is helping to deliver an immediate, sustainable solution. A healthy Africa needs healthy mothers, and African mothers need African midwives.

Dr Teguest Guerma, Director General, AMREF


How You Can Stand Up For African Mothers

Esther Madudu government-employed midwife and AMREF’s nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize 2015

By signing the online petition you can take a stand for African mothers and midwives, giving them a voice with governments and international organisations. The goal is to have 1 million signatures from people around the world who are standing up for African mothers. 

By making a donation or sponsoring a midwife, you can personally contribute to the training, funding and equipment needed to help reduce maternal mortality in Africa.

I can’t bear to see women in my village die when I  know so many mothers and babies could be saved with my help. This keeps me strong, although I work long hours. Thanks to the training from AMREF, I can manage complicated deliveries, so I am able to care for women who might otherwise have died in the absence of a doctor.