Amref Health Africa and Awash Bank the leading private bank in Ethiopia signed a long term partnership agreement to work jointly towards improving the health and well-being of communities, supporting progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and collaborating to narrow gender inequity gaps in Ethiopia.
As part of this partnership agreement and its first initiative working with Amref Health Africa, Awash Bank will provide financial support for the construction of 10 sanitation facilities to be implemented by Amref Health Africa in selected government schools in Addis Ababa.
The project is expected to improve sustainable and equitable access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – WASH for more than 20,000 school communities. This first phase intervention is a key milestone to address sanitation and hygiene problems of school children in their school setting; and thereby contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Working together under this partnership agreement will also serve as an important platform for both to further identify opportunities for long term strategic partnership and future impact investment projects.
With its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Awash Bank has been contributing a lot to public development programs for the last 25 years.
Since its inception, the bank has invested hundreds of millions of Birr to support vulnerable and marginalised sections of communities in Ethiopia. The Bank will soon mark its silver jubilee in collaboration with its sister company – Awash Insurance with a series of colourful events.
Amref Health Africa, headquartered in Kenya, is the largest Africa based international non-governmental organisation (NGO) currently running programs in over 35 countries in Africa with lessons learnt over 60 years of engagement with governments, communities and partners to increase sustainable health access in Africa. Amref Health Africa also incorporates programme development, fundraising, partnership, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and has offices in Europe and North America as well as subsidiaries; Amref Flying Doctors, Amref Enterprises and the Amref International University.