Marcus Westberg Dr John Odzala © Marcus Westberg
Patients receive medical care near Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo, one of 15 national parks and protected areas managed by African Parks.

Stamford, Conn. – May 9, 2019 – Americares is teaming up with wildlife conservation organization African Parks to strengthen the capacity of local health centers providing care to people living in and around Africa’s protected areas.

The new partnership is launching today 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 conservation areas—Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve—both of which are managed by African Parks on behalf of the Malawian Government.

“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,” said African Parks Chief Executive Officer Peter Fearnhead.

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.

“At Americares, we are continually looking for new and innovative ways to improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster,” said Americares Senior Vice President of Global Programs Dr. E. Anne Peterson. “The new partnership with African Parks will allow us to carry out our mission with vulnerable populations living in close proximity to wildlife while advancing conservation efforts that protect ecosystems and benefit communities. When local health centers thrive, patients have better health, more opportunities and increasingly productive lives.”

Over the next three years, health centers will undergo much-needed improvements, including the restoration of running water to enhance patient and health worker safety. Americares will also deliver medicine and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health facilities. One health center reported 40 percent of patients leave without the medications prescribed due to frequent stock-outs of essential medicine and medical supplies.

Health center staff will also receive training through the new partnership, including instruction in infection prevention and control measures, maternity care and newborn care. In addition to providing primary care services, two of the health centers serve as birthing centers for the local communities.

African Parks manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine African countries spanning 40,000 square miles, in collaboration with local governments and communities across Africa—the largest and most ecologically diverse portfolio of parks under conservation management by any one NGO in Africa. Since its inception in 2000, African Parks has made remarkable progress in restoring these areas for both people and wildlife, working with local communities to advance sustainable socio-economic development, and leading transformative species reintroductions.

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; and prevent disease and promote good health. Since its founding 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $17 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

To learn more about the partnership please visit americares.org/africanparks

Americares Health Centre © Alexa Gudelsky/Americares
Chapanaga Health Center near Majete Wildlife Reserve is one of four health centers benefitting from the new partnership between Americares and African Parks.

About Americares: 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. For more information, visit americares.org.

About African Parks: 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 and Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts:

Jacqueline Serna/Americares: (203) 658-9604, jserna@americares.org

Fran Read/African Parks: +27 60 561 6047, franr@africanparks.org