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Our record-breaking global charity partnership with Amref Health Africa comes to an end

Our record-breaking global charity partnership with Amref Health Africa comes to an end

20 October 2016

People across the Allen & Overy network have made the Amref Health Africa partnership our most successful yet, raising a record total of GBP1.72 million over the past two years.

A&O’s overall contribution is made up of:

• GBP930,000 in fundraising and donations from A&O globally, allowing Amref to fully fund two vital education and health projects in Tanzania.

• GBP770,000 worth of volunteering time from A&O lawyers and support staff to deliver 27 key projects for Amref. This includes the largest ever pro bono project A&O has delivered for a global charity partner, providing 850 hours of time to help build Amref’s legal advocacy skills so that it can advocate for long-term change in sexual and reproductive health.

• GBP16,000 worth of in-kind support for Amref, including designing and printing its annual reports two years running.

A changing future for Tanzania’s young people

With A&O’s support, Amref has implemented two projects in remote regions of Tanzania – Meatu and Handeni – which will supply more than 170,000 young people with sexual and reproductive health education and facilities.

Tanzania has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world, with one in four girls giving birth before they turn 18. When girls become pregnant they are permanently expelled from school, resulting in thousands leaving education early every year and continuing the cycle of extreme poverty in their communities. Girls are also three times more likely to become HIV positive than boys, all because of a lack of access to information about sexual and reproductive health.

A&O’s initial aim was to raise GBP250,000 over two years to fund Amref’s programme of work in Meatu. Five months into the partnership, A&O had already smashed that target, raising an incredible GBP330,000. This allowed Amref to extend the programme to Handeni, another remote region of Tanzania.

Amref has now trained 268 teachers, 1,340 in-school and 650 out-of-school peer educators and 105 health care workers in Meatu.

Half-way through its implementation, the programme has provided support, information and guidance on sexual and reproductive health to over 53,000 young people – 41,000 in-school (almost the entire school population) and 12,500 out-of-school youths. In its new health facilities, Amref has served over 7,200 young people with the sensitive and youth-friendly support they need.

Handeni District has many of the same issues as Meatu, but, being made up of more nomadic communities, has a larger problem with female genital cutting and violence against women. Here, Amref has so far trained 90 community health workers across 45 villages, as well as 144 teachers, 225 out-of-school peer educators and 240 influential community leaders. Less than a year since its launch, the programme has already reached 10,000 young people.

Dr Florence Temu, Country Director for Amref in Tanzania, explains: “We need to engage communities to have open dialogue about sexuality and health issues. We know from experience that what works is training teachers in schools to train peer educators – they are the ones who can work within communities and bring about lasting change. Once you intervene and equip young people with knowledge and skills, you really lay the groundwork for changes that will last for generations. If the youth are well educated, the whole community will be well educated.”

Advocating for long-term change

A&O’s fundraising efforts have been underpinned by the largest pro bono project delivered for a global charity partner. A team of 30 lawyers and support staff has developed a toolkit and training programme to help Amref advocate for change in sexual and reproductive health across Tanzania, from community level right up to Government.

Other key projects included one led by Munich partner, Joachim Feldges, who delivered high-level training to Amref’s Senior Management Team in Nairobi on managing Intellectual Property rights around the enormous amount of health data it collects in Africa; and A&O’s support staff providing training on networking and pitching, budgeting, health and safety compliance, Front of House services and maternity leave mentoring – to name just a few.

A lasting impact

“The aim of all our charity partnerships is to build a relationship with them and make a contribution to society that also helps the charity to achieve more success in the future,” explains Annelies Van Der Pauw, A&O’s Co-Head of Corporate Responsibility.

“We hope the huge efforts made across 40 A&O offices, both in fundraising and volunteering, will help Amref ensure the long-term impact of its work in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa.”

Frances Longley, Chief Executive of Amref Health Africa UK, said: “We want to thank A&O for your incredible dedication and generosity of spirit over the past two years. Through our collaborative approach, we have developed sustainable, scalable, successful projects to improve access to health services for young women in Tanzania. It has been an amazing journey and we have established a strong bond of trust, respect and understanding along the way.”

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