Improving Health in Africa’s Protected Areas

African Parks and Americares have partnered to benefit nearly 100,000 people living in and around conservation areas.

African Parks and Americares have partnered to strengthen the capacity of local health centres to provide care to people living around Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. The partnership builds on the capabilities of both organisations; Americares is the world’s leading non-profit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, and will deploy its proven tools and resources to improve health centres. While African Parks, manages the largest protected area and ranger force for any one NGO on the continent, and will employ effective park management through its local operations, networks and relationships to meet the shared goal.  

Over the next three years, health centres around Liwonde and Majete will undergo much-needed improvements, including the restoration of running water to enhance patient and health worker safety. Americares will also deliver medicines and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health facilities. Health centre staff will also receive training through the new partnership, including instruction in infection prevention and control measures, maternity care and new-born care. In addition to proving primary care services, two of the health centres serve as birthing centres for the local communities. African Parks’ partnership with Americares will work on establishing corridors of human health and well-being, helping deliver the benefits of well-run protected areas to the people that need them most.


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Global health Organisation, Americares, and conservation organisation, African Parks, have a bold new idea to improve the health of people in and around Africa's protected areas. 


  • 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.
  • Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.