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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adapted from AMREF website.