Results to be achieved by the end of 2019

3.097 trained health workers
805.170 cared children
143.817 assisted women

Smiles of African Mothers

We train health workers. We protect mothers and children.

With Smiles of African Mothers, the Campaign we launched in 2011 that focuses on the health of mothers and children, Comitato Collaborazione Medica – CCM has intensified its commitment and its work to reduce child and maternal mortality, by training health workers and increasing access to health services and care. 

Smiles of African mothers bases its intervention on an integrated approach to sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

which promotes continuity of care throughout life, aiming to reduce high maternal and child mortality rates and the deep-rooted inequalities typical of the countries where we operate.

The areas of intervention are populated by around 1.5 million people: the campaing has reached over 368.000 beneficiaries and supported 86 health services. 

The results of 2018

The results of 2018 – the third year of the campaign – demonstrate an ongoing commitment and collaboration, which are reinforced in the communities and with the health authorities CCM has been working with for over 50 years. The 494 trained health-care professionals enabled CCM to fulfil 100% of the five-year goal of the campaign. Therefore, CCM increased the original target of 2.700 trained health-care professionals to 3.900, with a strong wish to continue to take care and invest in nurses, doctors, midwives and community workers who are still at the heart of the health services. Thanks to them, 36.062 women were assisted during pregnancy and childbirth, and 193.078 children were vaccinated and treated for common diseases, permitting CCM to reach 61% and 80% of the final targets.


Maternal and child health care.
Activity and results of 2018. Strategy and objectives for 2020.

The objective of the campaign contribute to the improvement of universal access to health services in the African countries with the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality, thereby achieving the third Sustainable Development Goal by 2030.


By 2020, Smiles of African Mothers aims to:

train 3,900 health workers

vaccinate and provide care to 780,000 children

assist 170,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth

Comitato Collaborazione Medica CCM is a NGO committed to promote the right to health and ensure access to essential health care in Africa and in Italy. For 50 years, we have been building upon the skills of local health workers to ensure the provision of quality care to the most vulnerable communities. 

Smiles of African Mothers is CCM’s Campaign 


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