Amref Changes Name, Keeps Focus

One of Africa’s oldest non-governmental organisations has announced a new name, but pledged to maintain its focus on a healthier, prosperous continent.

At a press conference in Kampala, the African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) said it was becoming Amref Health Africa. Abenet Berhanu, the Uganda country director, said despite the name change, the organisation would retain its focus on health and development in deprived communities.

“Our new name exemplifies commitment to improving health in Africa through a wide range of programmes and services,” Berhanu said.

The organisation operates in 35 districts in Uganda. Speaking at yesterday’s event, Prof George Kirya, the chairman of Amref’s aisory council, said the recently-signed anti-gay law would not affect their operations in the country. Kirya said Amref would never ask for people’s sexual orientation before serving them.

The Anti-Homosexuality Act is extremely popular among many Ugandans, but has been criticised by Western countries and human rights activists. While some donors have cut aid, Amref says its activities have not been affected.

Source : The Observer

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