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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Amhi is a grassroots organization whose mission is to work towards improved maternal and child health in malawi by spreading the word at home and funding their sister non-profit in malawi. Chimwemwe mu'bereki is the malawian sister ogranization founded to carry out the work in malawi. Amhi exists with the core knowledge that the lives of all women and children are precious. They are the center of everything we do. The ultimate goal is not a statistical change but the evolution of an environment in which women are free to experience and appreciate the birth process and motherhood as one of the great joys of human existence.

Programs: Baby care program the baby care program identifies the most vulnerable infants(orphans, multiples, preemies) immediately after birth and provides supportive home based care. For orphaned newborns cu provides formula and teaches relatives how to prepare it safely. Cu visits the baby regularly to monitor her growth and development. Other children in the home who may need extra support are also identified. And, when problems threatening the children's well-being are identified, cu works with families and communities to find solutions.

mother care program women who are seriously ill during the time of their delivery require extra support during the period following the birth. When such women are identified, cu conducts home visits and assists these women with a few basic necessities.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After having spent many years in Malawi I was excited to finally come across an organization serving a very important need in the country: the gap in clinical care for recent mothers and babies after returning from hospital childbirth to their homes. I was even more excited to find that this AMHI is extraordinarily well-managed and organized, and run by a group of dedicated and indefatigable volunteers. I joined the board of AMHI shortly after getting in touch with the founder, and feel honored to be part of the cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AMHI continues to do what others cannot: provide care to Malawian mothers and babies who barely survive birth. The non-profit works in Malawi because it can make a difference there. Malawi is one of the world's poorst, least resourced countries; consequently, the death rate for mothers and babies is very high. Many Malawian women and children die in the hours and days after birth. AMHI provides postpartum nursing care because the Malawian public health system cannot provide this assistance and because no other non-profit has focused on this need. AMHI's unique model of hiring and building the capacity of Malawian nurses strengthens the country's own human health resources without depleting them. And AMHI works with communities, not only patients, to teach and empower families and villages to care for their own vulnerable mothers and babies and to prevent future maternal and child health crises. For these many reasons, I support AMHI with my time and treasure. Others wishing to make a meaningful impact should do the same.

Previous Stories
9

Board Member

Rating: 5

AMHI is an organization that has stepped into a breach of poverty and death to support maternal and child health services that no other group provides. AMHI's work is vital and compelling, and it has drawn me in. First, I volunteered for the organization and donated the occasional $50 to it. I was helping moms and babies, so why not? Then, I became the organization's Policy Advisor and would spend a couple hours a week reviewing grant applications and helping with strategy. The work was interesting and the need was great, so why not? Then, I got married and asked all my guests to donate to AMHI. I returned most of my wedding presents so I could give that money to AMHI, too. Malawian moms and babies needed the money so much more than I, so why not? Then, I joined AMHI's board and spend several hours a week on its work. I don't really have the time, but AMHI's employees, Beatrice and Joanne, have given so much of themselves to the cause, so why not? I only wish I had more time and treasure to give AMHI. Every minute and every penny have made and do make a difference.

Review from Guidestar

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is dedicated to improving maternal and child survival and health in Malawi. AMHI has achieved a great deal with limited resources through its grassroots efforts and the commitment of its volunteers, who have worked steadily toward supporting an increasing number of mothers and babies who need help to survive the consequences of maternal morbidity. AMHI is about hope and love, and the triumph of persistence for gains both great and small.

Review from Guidestar

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

I met the founder of AMHI, Joanne, 11 years ago. We worked together and although our career paths diverged we kept in contact. Three years ago, on her way back from working in Malawi she stopped by and told me about some of the work she was doing following infants whose mothers died in childbirth and caring for moms who were severely ill after childbirth. She said people from all over were inspired and had offered their support. She questioned the idea of starting a nonprofit and I told her I would do anything to make it a reality. I knew if there was one woman who could make a difference, it was Joanne. I am continuously inspired by Joanne's humility and humanity. She has empowered Malawian women to care for those in need and she has chosen to work with those who demonstrate great compassion. I am proud to be a part of the organization not just because of the number of lives that have been positively impacted by AMHI's support but more so that the work has been done in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner.

Review from Guidestar