One of the most significant barriers to accessing basic health care in less developed countries is a chronic shortage of trained and supported frontline health workers within communities. Inadequate training infrastructure and a lack of basic training resources for pre and in-service training of middle level health workers, community health workers and health managers are major obstacles to scaling up the development of the health workforce in a majority of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Amref Health Africa’s partnership with GSK through the 20% Re-investment Initiative aimed at increasing the numbers of trained health care workers in rural and marginalized communities to specifically address the health challenges affecting pregnant women and under-fives in East and Southern Africa. The main focus of interventions was on capacity building and training of mid-level health workers and community health workers and empowering communities in the target countries through partnering with Ministries of Health, private sector and NGO partners identified by Amref Health Africa and/or GSK.


Amref in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Africare in Angola, ADRA in Burundi, CHAL in Lesotho and SFH in Rwanda

Region: East and Sothern Africa


Achievements have been captured in the project close out report which you can download below.