Spirulina to the Rescue in Horn of Africa

In the summer of 2011, the UN identified severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Affected countries in this East African region include Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. Considered the worst in 60 years, the drought caused a severe food crisis across the region, affecting close to 10 million people. Read more

Kenya: Let all girls learn

The Wasichana Wote Wasome (WWW) project has the goal to improve school enrolment, retention, attendance and learning outcomes of girls in school throughout Kenya. The project, funded by the UK government, consists of a consortium of five organizations, with AMURT being the lead implementing partner in Samburu and Mombasa Counties. Read more

Safeguarding lives of women & children

AMURT’s model of community-based collaborative healthcare in Nigeria has proven effective, with over 1965 successful births taking place in 2016 in the seven AMURT-supported health centers in three local government areas in Ebonyi state. In Offia Oji alone, 85% of the women are coming to the health center for delivery. This is remarkable given that previsouly the vast majority of women were giving birth at home or with a traditional birth attendant, a risky endeavor if faced with any birth-related complications. Read more

Kenya health and education programs

AMURT is establishing a number of regional hubs in Kenya that will serve as engines of development into the foreseeable future. These development centers reflect AMURT’s commitment to long-term dialogue and action with local communities to support their efforts to improve life. Read more

Kenya success stories

Kenya has long been a venue for many of AMURT’s service projects over the years, but new challenges continue to affect millions of residents. Education, healthcare, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, job creation, and care for orphans and vulnerable children have all been areas of emphasis and continue to be a large part of AMURT’s presence in Kenya. Read more

The Kenya Integrated HIV/AIDS Program End Of Project Report

The goal of the AMURT’s Kenya Integrated HIV & AIDS Program (KIHAP) was to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS, and to bring sustainable services to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in nine locations within three Kenyan provinces (Nyanza, Central and Coast). Read more

Samburu Community Assistance Project – Kenya Drought Relief Update

August 2011: Kenya’s drought has been declared a national disaster.

Ten million livestock have died, crops have failed and its now 35kms or more to the nearest water for people in the worst affected counties. Water sources remain unprotected and easily contaminated.

AMURT is currently setting up supplemental feeding for several thousand at-risk people (children under five, pregnant and lactating women and the elderly) in Samburu East District in the northern part of the country. Our recent community assessment identified further needs for water, sanitation and mobile clinics. We intend to develop with the community programs for remote food and water distribution, emergency bore holes, water source protection, child friendly spaces, mobile clinics and long-term capacity building through water harvesting, consumers’ cooperatives and a model farming project.

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Burkina Faso 2011

Introduction to the work in Burkina Faso

Connecting Deou’s 28,000 Inhabitants to Medical Care

Since 1986, AMURT has held a presence in Deou and its surrounding territory, engaging in forestation and the development of hospitals, wells, cooperatives and cereal banks. The organization and its volunteers were first assigned to this incredibly rural and disconnected part of Burkina Faso by the country’s Ministry of Health and has been helping to improve the lives of the area’s inhabitants with ever since. In 2001, health education became the program’s primary focus. AMURT’s general objectives include:

  • Further training the 33 community-based TBAs (Traditional Birth Attendants)
  • Improve the health care provided to mothers of the Sahel region
  • Organize educational activities through theatre and meetings
  • Find efficient ways to reduce the scarcity of water during the dry season.

In remote communities of the Moussi and Peuhl tribes, as many as 60 % the girls have their genitals cut at the age of 12-14. This Peuhl girl is from the Ndiawe village, a nomad community.

AMURT’s activities are spread within a radius of about 50 kilometers of the Sahel region, comprising more than 35 villages and a population of over 28,000 inhabitants. The Sahel is a particularly poor and environmentally damaged region of Africa south of the Sahara that became infamous in the 1970’s when almost 200,000 people died as a result of drought and famine.

Most villages have nothing resembling a medical center, and the only things that can get a person in danger to a government clinic are the donkey cart ambulances provided by AMURT. These clinics are around 50 kilometers away and are poorly equipped, often lacking doctors to care for patients. Pregnancies are can be especially dangerous as women rarely receive medical checkups and are exposed to heightened risk of anemia and malaria in addition to the normal difficulties encountered in childbearing.

Accessing clean water is a daily struggle in Deou. During the long dry season, people line up day and night in often distant places to fetch just enough water for their daily needs. Many wells and bore holes have dried up as the underground water table is consumed faster than it regenerates. Cattle are forced to move greater and greater distances between water points and grazing areas. This places great stress on them and several die from the trek.

Our trainer Madame Oubda takes time to answer questions personally after her class on breastfeeding Fanta from Boulekessi Soum was trained in 2005 and has established herself well in her community

Village midwives

The AVs are earning the respect of their communities. They are assuming a position of leadership that has been unavailable to women due to the traditional separation of the sexes. The AV’s effectively fulfill the role of the health promoter for mothers and babies. Their training has also brought them to the frontline to raise awareness in this conservative society about concerns crucial to the welfare of women. For example, they are advising women in their communities about family planning and the threat of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is brought to the area by men who travel to find work in the dry season.

The Peuhl AV at Ndiawe village gets help from visiting UK midwife Suniiti Crowther to understand how to better use the instruments in her midwife kit
The AV from Bungelday gets read to practice oral resuscitation. The use of teaching aids (visuals and dolls to demonstrate/practice on) are particularly important when teaching the illiterate, who find it difficult to follow theoretical classes
Before the program started, virtually no women of the Bella tribe would come for pre-natal consultation or deliveries at the medical centers. With the efforts of the AV´s (village midwives) these attitudes have started to change, and the Bella tribe no longer remain aloof from the health infrastructure of the country.