Project profile — Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality


Amref Health Africa in Canada (21045)
2016-03-04 - 2022-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Malawi (8.00%)
• Tanzania (35.00%)
• Kenya (22.00%)
• Ethiopia (35.00%)


• Health, General: Medical services (12191) (5.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (15.00%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (15.00%)
Basic nutrition (12240) (10.00%)
Infectious disease control (12250) (5.00%)
Health education (12261) (15.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (20.00%)
• Basic drinking water supply:
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (3.42%)
Basic sanitation (14032) (5.00%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (6.58%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This project aims to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality in select communities by working with local health authorities, and supporting the use of an integrated approach focused on health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Project activities include: (1) training health facility and community-based health workers on provision of reproductive, maternal and child health services and best practices in sanitation and hygiene; (2) refurbishing or rehabilitating targeted health facilities with necessary infrastructure; (3) procuring and delivering essential equipment, supplies and medicines to health facilities; and (4) providing training and equipment to community-based health workers to promote improved nutrition and hygiene practices at the household level. This project is expected to contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 1.7 million people, including 1 million women of reproductive age and over 650,000 children under five years of age. This project is implemented through a consortium led by Amref Health Africa in Canada, with Children Believe Canada, the Hospital for Sick Children and WaterAid Canada. In Ethiopia, Amref Canada is collaborating with Amref Ethiopia and Children Believe Ethiopia; in Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya, Amref Canada is working with their local offices.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for the project include: (1) improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five; (2) improved utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five; and (3) increased consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2020) include: (1) the number of facilities offering delivery services that routinely practice four basic postpartum and newborn interventions increased as follows: from 5 to 36 in Ethiopia, from 6 to 18 in Kenya, from 13 to 30 in Malawi and from 10 to 12 in Tanzania; (2) the percentage of women in target regions who gave birth with the help of a skilled attendant increased as follows: from 44% to 52% in Ethiopia, from 78% to 85% in Kenya, from 91% to 96% in Malawi and from 59% to 78% in Tanzania; (3) reached 941,668 community members with key messages on reproductive, maternal and newborn health, and water and sanitation; and (4) refurbished or rehabilitated 46 health facilities with the necessary infrastructure to provide quality, gender-sensitive reproductive, maternal and child health care. This contributes to improved delivery of essential health services, improved utilization of health services and increased consumption of nutritious foods by women and children.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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