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Stand Up for African Mothers

  Jan 25, 2013
 

Students and staff of the Strathmore Business School and Strathmore University will participate in a Walk whose proceeds will go towards training over 1,500 midwives in the next three years on Saturday 9th February 2012 at the Ngong Forest from 8.00 a.m. The ‘Stand Up for African Mothers’ campaign is an initiative of the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF). Strathmore University supports this cause through its partnership with the Chase Group Foundation, a subsidiary of Chase Bank, a long term partner and sponsor.

While seeking to increase awareness and information on how much support this initiative requires, Chase Group Foundation has sought to mobilise as many corporate organisations to participate in this cause with the view that this meets a much bigger and global objective; The attainment of the Millennium Development Goal No. 5A which seeks to reduce by three quarters current maternal mortality rates.

Statistics available on maternal mortality paint a gloomy picture of the situation in the developing world. According to data available on the AMREF website:

  • 177,000 mothers die every year due to lack of simple medical care
  • 1.5 million 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.
  • 1 out of every 39 women in Kenya’s arid and semi arid regions are likely to die from pregnancy and child birth related causes.
  • The ratio of women to mid-wife available to them is 1 midwife for every 1300 women.
  • AMREF recognizes that women and mothers are at the very heart of African communities, and hence 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.

    Students and staff of Strathmore University are encouraged to contribute towards this worthy cause either by buying branded merchandise, participating in the Walk or donating cash via MPESA. Details of how one can send money are detailed below.

    For more information on how you can participate in the walk, contact Betty on bngala@strathmore.edu.

    Adapted from AMREF website.



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