Many women in most African countries have been dying due to the cases of complicated deliveries as a result of absence of doctors or government employed mid-wives. These cases have been on the rise but the Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) which is a non-governmental organization has put up measures to prevent these cases of deaths.
AMREF has emerged to be the best research organization implementing its projects through country programs in many countries. It also offers support and training to many countries so as to ensure that everybody the right to good health. It implements many learning projects in order to share their knowledge for health changes. AMREF has emerged to be African leader in the training of community health workers which helping in poverty eradication hence changing people’s lives.
AMREF was founded in 1957. It was founded by three surgeons as the “Flying Doctors Service of East Africa”. These three surgeons were:
Sir Michael Wood
Sir Archibald Mclndoe
These founders were providing medical assistance in most of the remote regions of East Africa. The three had worked as surgeons for many years and they finally decided to combine their efforts so as to fight poverty, diseases and provide adequate health services in East Africa.
During the foundation of AMREF medical facilities were sparse. This was contributed by poor roads which made it difficult for people in rural and remote areas to access health services. There was one doctor to attend to 30,000 people in East Africa. Since majority of the population lived in rural areas, the surgeons saw that an air-based service as the only way to deliver health services. They built mission hospitals and provided surgical services. They also developed medical radio network for better communication. In Kajiando and Narok districts of Kenya ground based mobile medical services were added. This happened in 1960s. Training and education for rural health workers was also conducted in 1975. Health learning materials were developed.
In 1980s, AMREF Health Africa workers in collaboration with ministers of health and co-operation with national aid agencies moved into community health development. Their main aim was to strengthen staff development and health systems paying special attention to the communities’ health needs. In 1990s, AMREF Health Africa workers expanded their work to include disease control e.g. TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria since these diseases had become a burden to must of the poor African countries. Recently, AMREF Health Africa has discovered that many Africans still have limited access to quality and sufficient health care despite huge investments by donors.
AMREF Health Africa’s work
AMREF Health Africa has improved access health services by providing quality and affordable health care to those in need. Through community education AMREF Health Africa has greatly improved healthy of many communities. It ensures that the products they give to governments and African communities are sustainable and relevant. Their clinical officers have a very broad training in medicine unlike nurses and other health professional workers who only perform specific duties. Their work includes:
Improving communities’ health- AMREF Health Africa ensures that communities lead healthy lives. AMREF mostly works with people living in urban shanties, poor neighborhoods, remote areas and areas affected by conflicts.
Fighting diseases- AMREF Health Africa tries to find the appropriate solutions to the health needs of the local communities. They still treat almost all types of diseases.
Training health workers- it is training many health workers in many African countries and beyond. Through this training, AMREF is strengthening many health related institutions since health services cannot be delivered without motivation, skills and sufficient health personnel. In order to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health Africa, one more million health workers are needed.
Strengthening health systems- since health care cost is increasing everyday; many people have limited access to good health care. This mostly affects communities living in rural and remote areas. Diseases like TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria are bringing devastating effects. Therefore, AMREF Health Africa is building health facilities and improving the existing ones in those areas.
Advocacy and Research
The provision of health services alone cannot achieve long term improvements in health. Therefore, AMREF Health Africa encourages those in power to properly serve the needs of the poor. AMREF Health Africa having great experience in working in most marginalized and poor communities has learnt a great deal. Therefore, it uses this knowledge to influence, inform and advocate for changes.
Young Fabian Partnership
AMREF Health Africa entered into partnership with a special interest group known as Young Fabian Health Network. This partnership was entered in May 2013 and expired a year later.
AMREF Health Africa having done a lot of research has shown that solutions based on science can address many problems in the world. Due to its good work, AMREF Health Africa has received several awards which include:
Gates Award for Global Health-2005
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established this award which was worth one million dollars in the year 2000. This award is given to organizations annually for having made a major and lasting contribution in the field of health.
Medical Honors Award-2004
AMREF Health Africa having saved many lives and improved health of many people in Africa for many years, Discovered Health Channel, decided to award it the Medical Honors Award in 2004.
Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award-1999
This humanitarian prize was established by Conrad N. Hilton in 1996. $1.5 million are awarded to any non-governmental organization which has ever made any contribution anywhere in the world to stop human suffering. This award honors tireless commitment of AMREF Health Africa to bring health care services to rural and most remote areas all over the world.
AMREF Health Africa has emerged to be the Africa’s leading health development organization offering quality health care to the poorest communities living in remote rural areas.
As members of African countries, whether from remote or non-remote areas, poor or rich, we should support AMREF Health Africa. Through this support, it will be able to work effectively saving many lives.
I am a Red Cross blood donor and I won’t be tired to donate blood. I started donating blood when I was nineteen years old while in high school. When I was pursuing my college education I again donated blood.
Since that time, I continue to donate blood two to three times per year. Because of my blood type, I usually do a double donation.
I feel good when donating blood since I am able to save people’s lives every day and I feel like a great person.
Benefits of donating blood are:
One feels great to donate
One gets free juice and goodies
One becomes a hero by saving one’s life with just a donation
To save more lives the American Red Cross also known as the American National Red Cross, which is a humanitarian organization has provided a lot of assistance, relieved many disasters and provided education in United States.
Besides all these, the American Red Cross has provides other services in many areas e.g. establishing community services to help the needy, improving communication services and establishing educational programs to educate people about their healthy and safety.
American Red Cross has its headquarters in Washington D.C. Bonnie McElveen Hunter being the chairman of the board of governors is now serving her second three-year term. Gail J. McGovern is the current chief executive and still the president. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881 and he was the first president of the organization. During major disasters Clara Barton did many personal changes though she was unable to succeed. In 1904, she was replaced by Mabel Thorp Boardman who was a male professional social work expert. He made many successful reforms. He also consulted widely which made his work more successful.
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization which works worldwide. It has saved many lives and also prepared people to respond to medical emergencies. Many Red Cross volunteers and employees are doing their best to train people on how to acquire the needed medical skills. The Red Cross being the largest supplier of blood and blood products to many hospitals in the world, it has helped save many lives. They are also helping victims of international conflicts and disasters.
A large percentage of donated blood is supplied by the American Red Cross in United States which is then sold directly to different hospitals and other regional suppliers. Many hospitals are also supplied with a lot of blood from the community based blood centers. The American Red Cross finished their largest blood facility in U.S in Dec 2004.
For many years, allograft tissue for transplant has been provided by the American Red Cross through sales in different tissue programs. Many donor families who gave the gifts of tissue donation were highly catered for. They donated tissues to many recipients in need of life saving. This tissue service program can to an end in January 2005. It was ended by American Red Cross with an intention of focusing on blood services and disaster relief.
The American Red Cross provides most of the nation’s plasma products. These plasma products are provided at effective costs. These plasma products are also safe and reliable. In 1999, the Red Cross established a new management structure i.e. Baxter Biosciences instead of plasma services industry. These Baxter Biosciences usually contain plasma for the manufacturing of plasma projects.
Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT)
The American Red Cross was the first charity organization to implement Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) study. This testing is very unique for it checks for the greatest material HIV and hepatitis C (HCV). HIV and HCV test detects the generic material of transfusion-transmitted virus e.g. HIV without waiting for the body to form its antibodies which is a very great advantage.
People’s white blood cells are able to fight viruses, bacteria and abnormal cells to prevent diseases. When leukocytes are transfused to another person they do not work, instead complications occur and the blood dies out. To improve patient care, the Red Cross is moving towards system-wide universal pre-storage leukocyte reduction. The America Red Cross uses millions of money in laboratory research.
Healthy and safety services
The American Red Cross offers first aid, water safety, life guarding and disaster preparedness services. These training programs are aimed at work persons, aquatic facilities and lady persons.
The American Red Cross responds to many disasters each year e.g. earthquakes, house fires, explosions and accidents. The charity aims at meeting people’s immediate emergency disasters caused needs. Once a disaster strikes, they provide victims with food, healthy services and shelter. They also help people to go back to their daily activities.
Disaster services workforce
The disaster service workforce enrolls volunteers according to their abilities to serve in the American Red Cross.
This is a very rewarding part of serving with the Red Cross. It is a heart warming thing to be able to touch the lives of those in need!
National Response Framework
The American Red Cross provides food to the victims of disasters, gives them houses to live in and also provides them with other types of emergency relief to disasters.
The American Red Cross mobilizes and educates communities to overcome life threatening vulnerabilities. It is involved with many international projects e.g. malaria and measles programs. The American Red Cross provides many other services e.g. proper sanitation, disaster preparedness, health services and livelihood developments.
Services offered to the armed forces
The united military states are provided with emergency and non-emergency services by the American Red Cross. Families can contact the American Red Cross and be provided with family messages e.g. new birth or death in the family. Prisoners of war are not helped by the American Red Cross.
International tracing requests
The international tracing requests are handled by the American Red Cross. They mainly bring together families separated by wars and disasters by locating their relatives world wide. The American Red Cross does this by exchanging hand written messages between individuals and their relatives who might have been prisoner of war or refugees.
As a member of any society, are you willing to donate blood to the American Red Cross and become a hero by just donating blood?
You can contact the American Red Cross here to join in the movement and donate blood today!
Have you ever visited most of the rural homes in most African countries? On various occasions I am lucky to pay them a visit for different reasons. When you visit most of the families you realize that many children have dropped out of school due to poverty. And moved to different urban centers to seek for employment to be able to cater for their needs and support their parents and siblings. Most of them are not lucky enough to secure any form of employment and still lack skills and abilities. This leads to most of them choosing to be street children, thieves, and others are practicing prostitution.
But nowadays these issues are rarely witnesses since the formation of a non-governmental organization known as Action Aid in 1972. This organization was founded by Jackson-Cole its main aim being eliminating poverty and other injustices all over the world. It was founded by eighty eight UK sponsors with an aim of providing children with better education. Therefore, eighty eight children were sponsored by eighty eight UK sponsors hence ensuring these children get the required education. Action Aid work with many local partners in many countries their main aim being to help the poor and disadvantaged people all over the world. It has its head office situated in South Africa.
Action Aid works with many countries in Africa whereby it is organized on regional bases which are managed in different parts of the world with its international secretariat located in South Africa. There are Action Aid offices found in different regions for better management of their work but campaigns and fundraising events are in UK and US offices in Washington DC.
Action Aid works
Action Aid being a non-governmental organization has changed from a child sponsorship British charity to an international coalition enabling it to fight poverty largely across the whole world. It has played a role in helping in helping the poor from different communities to recognize and secure their basic rights. This has led to a great development within them. For Action Aid to work effectively and achieve its goals it puts its support in the following areas:
Rights of the women
Change of climate
Recently it still puts its efforts in tax power i.e. preventing big business taxes but encouraging continuous governmental usage of the subsequent revenue. And also land for, main aim being to support people’s land from being grabbed by government and other big businesses and companies.
For over thirty years the Action Aid has greatly tried to fight poverty in different countries over the world. This has been happening without any political affiliations. Action Aid has been advocating for equality where all people irrespective of their status quo should be treated equally by governments, companies and other institutions.
In poverty elimination, Action Aid has partnered with different community leaders to try and eliminate poverty within them. It provides these communities with different facilities such as heath centers for better health care, water systems and wells for clean water. Communities have greatly benefited from such facilities.
Action Aid advocates for the following:
Right to education
Right to food security
Right to human security
Right to just and democratic governance
Action Aid focuses on the following values:
Mutual respect- this involves respecting all people irrespective of their cultures and all social standings.
Equality and Justice- requires people to treat others equally irrespective of gender, age, color, ethnicity, HIV status, religion, class and location.
Honesty and Transparency- accountability and transparency are greatly valued by the Action Aid for proper running of the organization.
Solidarity with the poor- this has greatly helped in poverty reduction. It gives the poor relief food and start for them projects to sustain their livelihoods.
Courage of conviction- requires Action Aid to work without fear for better achievements and also to be more creative and innovative to be able to fight poverty.
Independence- Action Aid should not be involved in any affliction with religion or political party.
Humility- Action Aid is known to be an organization that has greatly tried to fight poverty.
Action Aid put more emphasizes on protecting the rights of women and treating with equally which greatly help in empowering them. The main aim of the Action Aid is to make sure that better lead better lives without stigma and participate in their own decision making so as to shape their destiny. They still wish to see that women get better education as their counterparts, men. The rights of the learners are to be promoted. This will help in ensuring that both genders respect women’s rights. Women have right to life and dignity in the face of HIV/AIDS and therefore should be given free treatment and care including girls. They are also entitled to right to just and democratic governance. Women, the poor and the excluded people should be given chance to make their own decisions and give their views in different issues i.e. politics. Women still have right to human security in conflicts and emergencies. They should be protected from any kind of torture during any conflicts or disasters.
Action Aid pays attention to four main priorities. These are:
To protect women and girls against violence- this has enabled the Action Aid to fight for laws which ensures that women’s and girls’ rights are protected.
Increasing attention and action on women’s rights in connection to HIV/AIDS- this has greatly created awareness to people about HIV/AIDS. Action Aid has set laws protecting the rights of women and girls against with HIV/AIDS.
Contribution to higher recognition, realization and protection of women’s land rights- Action Aid has set laws protecting women’s land rights. It also creates awareness to women about their land rights.
Enhancing women’s participation in politics- Action Aid has greatly created awareness about women’s leadership. It has also set laws ensuring that women can participate freely in politics.
With charities like Action Aid, women and girls have a bright future. We should encourage women and girls to participate in Action Aid initiatives.
We all believe that it is always better to give than to receive. This is not just a phrase, but there are proofs of this fact too. When one gives without any intention then it in itself is a reward and has a lot of benefits too. We all would love to provide the poor people with the basic necessities of life, but we are deprived of time and money. The fact is that even if we had all the required resources still we would be so tied up with our own issues that we won’t be able to support other deprived people.
There are plenty of charities that will use your money to make the life of someone else better. And you only have to donate as much as you feel comfortable donating so that you never have to feel pressured if you are donating to a worthy charity. Doing this, you can either choose to donate to an international charity organization or national charity organizations. Also, you can devote your time towards a noble charity work abroad.
There are two broad categories of charitable institutions; Global charities and National charities. The duo provides wide range of charitable assistance’s to the people and the communities depending on the needs of the particular scope. The distinction is their level of action source of funding and scope of operations.
Global charities are run by internationally established organizations. The fascinating fact about international charitable organizations is their reliance on a donor like you and me; contributing in both large scale, medium and small amounts in terms of money and provision of manpower through volunteer work. Global charitable organizations donate towards different causes depending on the objective of the giver and the situation at hand. Such causes are numerous; the list will never be exhaustive. The different global charities include:
The Children’s Social Needs Charity
The global number one charity receivers in the world are the children. Children’s needs are diverse ranging from educational needs to social and health needs on a broad spectrum. Socially, if we look at this picture with a global perspective, then we may realize that there are more than thousands of destitute children who live in the third world countries in moral hazard condition. We can always spot the poor children working, cleaning utensils peddling with small goodies or simply begging to earn a living. Most often they resort to anti-social activities like stealing that may further lead to committing other bigger crimes.
Children’s Opportunity Charity
Innocent children throughout the world need the help of those more fortunate, and they are surely the most deserving of such help. This particular charity seeks funds to be used to help children all over the world to have opportunities that they otherwise would not have had and also uses funds to aid children and their families in disaster situations. Donors also have the opportunity to sponsor a specific child that they can keep in contact with and follow them through their journeys. Innocent children throughout the world need the help of those more fortunate, and they are the surely the most deserving of such help.
Chronic Diseases and Health Charities
Illness afflicts all people at all levels be it adults or children. Most charitable organizations contribute towards eradication and control of the recent epidemic, Malaria, Cancer and HIV/Aids. Several third world countries still reel under the evils of Malaria. About half a billion people are affected every year, and more than a million succumb because they don’t have access to the right treatment. Children and pregnant mothers are the most vulnerable victims of malaria. With the proper amount of money and care, the number of deaths can be brought down significantly, but that needs your help. Several Islamic Charities are doing everything they can to provide necessary medical care, but a lot more remains to be done.
In many third world countries, malnutrition prevalence rates are very high. It takes more lives than you can imagine. It is very difficult to imagine that there are people so poor in this world that they cannot afford enough to eat two square meals each day. Even if somehow they manage enough food, they fail to include proper ingredient and minerals in their diets. It is far more difficult for the impoverished to include fruits and vegetables in their diet, and this is where organizations such as GAIN come into the scene.
Ecological preservation Charity
Ecological preservation is the key to poverty reduction. It is one of the ways through which we can be able to save the best for tomorrow. It ensures that human do not exploit nature but sustain it. Contributing towards ecological preservation is a kind charity that is all about peaceful coexistence with nature. Wildlife preservation, natural resources such as water bodies, and threes among others require such contributions. It is noted, however, that this area of charity has received very little attention in terms of contributions.
Poverty Reduction and Alleviation Charities
Finally on the global realm there are other charitable bodies that are contributing towards the reduction or even complete alleviation of poverty. Oxfam is one of those bodies that deal with more than one aspect of poverty, conflict, natural disasters and the impacts of climate change not to mention several others. They have been behind several acts of remarkable charity including those that have been praised internationally for helping homeless women throughout developing nations and in war-torn nations in the Middle East.
Apart from international charities, local or national charities also exist. National charities, usually, are funded by the federal government and the individuals in general. Before reaching out to others, it is always better to remember that charity begins at home. By charity beginning at home, it means that the deserving children, the sick mother, and the sick father receive aid from the people who are their neighbors. For instance, the national charity organizations should always seek to contribute to the child education. These children will receive help from people that are concerned about education and giving young people the chance to shine and excel with needed courses and equipment that most school children are taking for granted.
Like global charities, national charities are run by different organizations who have different intentions of what to give back to the society. These are NGOs who are usually funded by the government, donors, and other well-wishers. They offer similar support and services like the international charitable institutions. The only distinction is the scale and the scope of action.
National Charities for Children’s Aid
Closer to home there are children in the inner cities and poorer neighborhoods that need help. Children that are caught in the upheaval of urban warfare caused by gang violence and intolerance are attending public schools. The learning environments in these public schools are threatened by the lack of public funding to provide proper up to date textbooks and teaching aids. Where transportation is an issue and budgets have been slashed children have no hope for field trips to museums or extracurricular activities that enhance the learning of a student and broaden the horizon for impoverished children to one day move on to college and have a chance at improving their socioeconomic status.
Charities for Classroom Construction
Some of the charitable contributions offered by local NGOs are the construction of classrooms for the pupils. You will find that in many third world countries classrooms are either scarce or are not conducive to study in. These charitable institutions also contribute towards the provision of learning resources. Therefore contributing towards this agenda is generally enhancing access to education to the less endowed society. Changing education is changing the life of that particular community.
National NGOs aid in community development by imparting entrepreneurial skills to the members of the society, providing monetary capital and capacity building. These local NGOs usually undertake training for a particular area and makes follow up for economic progress in that area. Also, spending time with the youth, teaching them survival techniques and empowering them is an invaluable non-monetary charity. You can provide important linkages for employment to the youth discuss versatile economic issues and help them to build courage as they pursue their dreams. This is all about community development starting from an upright youth to an upright adult.
Anti-human trafficking charities
In areas where kidnapping is rampant some people also provide charities for security reconstruction in such areas including educating children and giving protection to avoid kidnapping. You can also contribute to national anti trafficking laws. Charitable institutions will want to see the nation stick to human anti-trafficking laws. There is no one particular nation in the globe that does not face the threat of terror through such activities as kidnapping. Therefore, contributing to a safe and socially sound society either materially, financially and by service is appreciable.
Chronic Disease/Health Charities
There are various health situations that we do not need international aid to see us through. Being charitable in contributing to community health is quite paramount to all of us. Chronic disease such as malaria, cancer and HIV/Aids and health campaigns are also conducted by national charity institutions. I have seen some charitable organizations facilitating livelihoods by conducting anti-HIV/Aids campaigns. Notwithstanding, they also provide due care, support and counseling services for the infected. You can contribute money to purchase anti-cancer kits for the community or even train them on the crucial matters of diet preparation and storage.
Charities for enhancing opportunities for children and the youth
It is through charitable contributions to specific funding organizations that allow donors to choose where and for what purpose their contributions will be used. The children and the youth will have a greater chance of changing their world and potentially affecting many other lives. They are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and make a difference in the lives of all those that surround them. Do not overlook the children or the youth that are here in favor of those overseas, but by donating to causes that are close to home in addition to those that are thousands of miles away the world will become a better place.
Charity Work Abroad
As seen above, there are various ways you can be charitable to the society. There are many global and national charity organizations which can provide a platform for you to engage yourself in charity work. It is good to decide on the objective you want to achieve before you plunge on international charity practice. You can take choices from the various charities discussed in this review. For instance, you can choose to deal with the children’s needs in third world countries like Africa among others.
It has never been more important to get involved in charities because the people involved with them will appreciate your help. You can contribute to the charities as much or as little as you would like as there is no correct way to get involved. Helping others create a sense of belonging and well-being. Indeed, inner satisfaction can be derived by sacrificing your time and resources in helping the meek. This can give one a greater sense of purpose in life. Why a person donates may be different from one person to another. Each one may have his or her own reason to donate money to the needy but we believe there is one common thing that binds all donors together and that is the feeling deep within to reach out to help people with help.
Being a part of a charity is can be extremely rewarding. You can get many benefits from joining a charity such as tax breaks, networking, and most importantly the ability to change someone’s life for the better. There is nothing more rewarding then knowing that you have made a difference, especially when it comes to children.
You can find a variety of different charities, and you can contribute to these charities in many different ways. There are some organizations that will give you a free website to promote your cause, some that will give you marketing materials to find funds and people to give contributions to your cause. Each have their own way to raise contributions; you just have to find one that meets your needs and goals. If your not into raising money and asking people for donations then you can contribute your time or other resources to the charity. There are many different possibilities to help out your community or cause.
There are many resources out there that will allow consumers to find a wide range of charities from battling hunger, helping children, all the way to saving animals. It feels good to be able to give back to society by assisting the consumers with raising money for their charity. The consumer will feel empowered.
In conclusion, if you are looking to make a difference but don’t know how to get started make sure you do your research. Find a charity that is going to meet your needs, one that you can give your time and efforts to but one that will also give you much gratitude in return. Your donations, support, and contributions will go so far when you finally find a charity. Keep your focus and goal in mind and the benefits will be more than you imagined.