Chase Bank Foundation has launched a partnership with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) aimed at saving the lives of thousands of women and children. This is the first of many initiatives to be undertaken by the Chase Bank Foundation, which was registered last October under the Trustees Act in line with one of Chase Bank’s core values of social responsibility to improve the lives of those around us.
The Foundation’s tag line is to EMPOWER, IMPACT AND SUPPORT people in our society. It aims at making a difference in people’s lives and giving back to society. The long-term vision of the Foundation is to empower women and to make Chase Bank the country’s first fully eco-friendly bank. Chase Foundation’s current initiatives are focused on women and the environment, aiming to make a difference in society.
AMREF’s vision is for lasting health change in African communities. As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, AMREF has decided to focus on the health of women and children for the next three years.
In the strong belief that no woman should die giving life and that no child should be left an orphan due to lack of health care for women, AMREF launched the international Stand Up for African Mothers campaign in October 2011. The aim of the campaign is to draw attention to the plight of African mothers and to mobilise support across the world to ensure that mothers get the basic medical care they need during pregnancy and childbirth.
“African women are at the centre of the social and economic development chain’ says AMREF Director General Dr Teguest Guerma. “The death of a mother while giving birth is a big setback for African society. Through the training of more midwives, AMREF is helping to deliver an immediate, sustainable solution. A healthy Africa needs healthy mothers, and African mothers need African midwives.”
The Stand Up for African Mothers campaign aims at training 15,000 midwives by 2015 and in this way contribute towards reduction of maternal deaths by 25 per cent.