Working together for health and conservation
Photo by John Dickens
Americares and African Parks are embarking on a unique partnership to bolster health and conservation in Africa’s national parks and protected areas.
Both Americares and African Parks understand that the health of humans and the health of the natural environment are inextricably linked. Africa’s wild landscapes produce clean air and water, sequester carbon, provide food security and safety and often serve as the last line of defense for millions of people. Americares is a health-focused nonprofit with a strategy of strengthening local health centers to accomplish its mission of saving lives and improving health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Conservation organization African Parks works to protect ecosystems, including animals and people, in over 40,000 square miles of Africa’s national parks and protected areas. Photo of tree planting in the Majete Wildlife Reserve by Marcus Westberg
The partnership builds on the capabilities of both organizations: Americares, the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, will deploy its proven tools and resources to improve health centers, while African Parks, which is the leading conservation organization in Africa with both the largest amount of area under conservation and the largest ranger force of any one NGO in Africa, will employ effective park management through its local operations, networks and relationships to meet the shared goal.
The Chapanaga Health Center in Malawi near the Majete Wildlife Reserve. The health center is one of four in Malawi that will benefit from Americares new partnership with African Parks.
“This partnership with Americares enables African Parks to protect the health of even more people who live alongside endangered wildlife and critically important wild areas, creating improved livelihoods and a more sustainable future for all,”
Peter Fearnhead, African Parks Chief Executive Officer
The new partnership is launching in Malawi, where Americares and African Parks will improve access to health care at four health centers serving nearly 100,000 people near two of Malawi’s most important wild areas—Liwonde National Park and the Majete wildlife reserve. Majete Reserve photo by Naude Heunis
African Parks is a nonprofit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. With the largest counter-poaching force and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering over 10.5 million hectares in Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia. For more information visit www.africanparks.org