Compassion offers a different path for pregnant women in Togo

Compassion UK has launched the ‘Different Path’ appeal to help improve child survival rates in Togo.

In Togo, one in 20 babies do not reach their first birthday. This is due to a myriad of complications ranging from disease to malnutrition; however, Compassion UK believes the root cause is poverty.

“Poverty can have a devastating impact on both a child’s chances of survival and their long-term development,” says Justin Dowds, CEO of Compassion UK. “To prevent women and babies dying needlessly, we have to reach them early – before babies have even been born – and support women with essential antenatal check-ups and support at birth.”

The UK government is matching all public donations to the ‘Different Path’ appeal which will enable Compassion to improve pregnant women’s access to antenatal check-ups and trained birth attendants, offer life-saving assistance including basic healthcare, hygiene, nutritious food and safe water, as well as providing mentoring, support and spiritual guidance for families.

Find out more about the ‘Different Path’ appeal.

Penny Appeal supporting Kenyan mothers and babies with latest appeal

Penny Appeal is looking to support some of the most vulnerable mothers and babies in Kenya, where maternal mortality rates are some of the highest in the world, through its ‘Fragile Lives’ campaign.

Public donations, which will be matched by the UK government, will help support over 400,000 people access better medical services, maternal healthcare, child nutrition and screening services.

Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO says: “We are overjoyed to be working closely with the UK government to facilitate real and positive change for mothers and babies, which will help determine the strength and success of future generations.”

Find out more about the appeal here.

Amref Health Africa UK launches ‘Health in Her Hands’ campaign

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.

Find out more here.