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Fighting Disease

Amref Health Africa is stopping people dying of easily preventable and treatable diseases such as HIV,TB, malaria and diarrhoea, by educating communities about prevention and bringing good quality and affordable treatment closer to people’s homes. The need is urgent as:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than two thirds (68%) of the global population living with HIV (22.5 million) but only a little over 10% of its population has access to anti-retroviral drugs
  • Dangerous drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis have now emerged
  • Malaria is the biggest killer of African children
  • Diarrhoea claims the lives of 5,000 children every day
  • A woman in Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy of childbirth, compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in a developing country.

 

Amref Health Africa is tackling the biggest killers in Africa, but we do not do this in isolation. We are strengthening health systems to be more effective in dealing with all areas of health care and services. Within this work, we are:

  • Preventing and treating new infections of HIV and minimising its impact on people already infected
  • Raising awareness of tuberculosis, and how to prevent, diagnose and treat it correctly
  • Educating people about the causes of malaria, its signs and symptoms
  • Improving maternal health
  • Improving access to safe water and sanitation to prevent water-borne diseases