Amref Health Africa launched ‘Health in Her Hands’ today (8 March), a new appeal which will support frontline health workers who are saving and changing lives across Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 11% of the global population – but only 3% of the world’s health workers. Worldwide, a shortfall of almost 18 million health workers is projected by 2030.
“Investing in female health workers is vital if this trend is to be reversed,” says Amref Health Africa UK’s Chief Executive, Frances Longley. “When they’re equipped with the right tools and training, women have the power to transform the health of some of the most remote and marginalised communities in Africa. They’re on the front line of change – and Amref Health Africa is determined to help them succeed.”
The funds raised through ‘Health in Her Hands’ will be used to strengthen health systems, train health workers and improve access to services. Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match appeal, every public donation will be matched by the UK government.