Saturday, 31 August 2013

" Whenever and wherever children are harmed, our outrage and anger must be seen and heard. We must make the invisible visible"
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake 

Nominations for The Mama Afrika Award is Open.....

We are excited to announce the launch a new prize for excellence in maternal, newborn and child health: the Mama Afrika Award.
The Mama Afrika Award honours remarkable efforts by individuals or organisations in Africa that ensure Africa’s mothers, newborns and children survive and thrive into the future.
You can nominate individuals or organisations for this award by filling in this form.
The Mama Afrika Award is named after Miriam Makeba, the famous singer, who was made a citizen of 10 African countries in recognition of her opposition to apartheid; and whose daughter died from complications related to pregnancy. 
The award will hail real-life heroes and heroines, including organisations, people from all walks of life, including health-workers, decision-makers, community leaders and campaigners, are working for the health of women, babies and children in their communities. Their efforts have saved lives and helped ensure healthy and happy future generations for Africa. Individuals, organisations, communities, companies and governments are all eligible for the award. The award will focus on 6 categories 
  1. Innovation in Finance
  2. Access to Services
  3. Community Mobilisation and Participation
  4. Vulnerable Groups and Disadvantaged Population
  5. Conflict and Unstable Situations
  6. Capacity Building
Nominations should provide evidence and results to show the contribution made in one or more of these areas:
  •   a major breakthrough in care for mothers and newborns    
  •   long-term service dedicated to maternal, newborn and child survival
  •   services to women and newborns, ensuring they survive and thrive in particularly adverse conditions
  •   raising standards, quality and resources for MNCH in a significant way at governmental level
Nominations are open, and will close on 1 February 2014, with the award being given at a ceremony in August/September 2014.
If you know a person or organisation who has demonstrated commitment, dedication and achievements in the field of maternal, newborn and child health, you can nominate them by filling in this form. Or submit a nomination by email to