Accenture has over the past years donated more than €2.5 million to the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), a nonprofit organization that aims at improving health care in Africa. The donation consists of €1.5 million in cash and €1 million in consulting and BPO services.
AMREF is the leading health development organization in Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It focuses on six fields, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, basic sanitation, family health and health care-related training. In 2005, AMREF won the prestigious Bill Gates Award for Global Health due to its lasting contribution to the field of health in Africa.
As part of the €1 million in consulting and BPO services, Accenture offered 14,500 hours of time from consultants in Accenture’s Learning BPO Services. The consultants developed so far 143 hours of e-learning content for AMREF, aimed at educating more than 20,000 nurses based in Kenya. In addition, the funding from the Accenture grant was used for program management, staffing of the project and building the necessary the IT-infrastructure such as PCs and IT network.
One of the primary goals of Accenture’s support is that the AMREF can become self-sufficient. The project was designed to gradually transfer skills and knowledge from Accenture, giving AMREF an increasing ability to manage the elements of the program. By educating AMREF to manage and expand the project on its own, the non-profit organization will not be as dependent on outside help after Accenture gradually builds down its support.