Set up in 1957, the African Medical and Research Foundation is the biggest non-governmental organization operating in Africa engaged in health education, medical assistance and crisis management programs.
Fondazione Zegna and Amref worked together to reduce poverty in East African village communities by improving access to drinking water and implementing forestation programs – thereby helping to reduce malnutrition related diseases – and combat diseases linked to inadequate hygiene and sanitation.
From 2003 to 2009, the construction of an aqueduct, water tanks and numerous wells helped to improve the quality of life of people and their animals and also boosted the production of milk to alleviate malnutrition. Infrastructure projects were accompanied by adult training programs and education for children focusing on the prevention of endemic diseases, the maintenance of water facilities and measures to stop desertification. In short, the collaboration laid the foundations for sustainable growth by the local communities.