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Opinion10th March 2022

#Ark20: the early years – international healthcare

In 2022, Ark celebrates its 20th year. We’re using this anniversary as an opportunity to highlight stories from our history of helping children in the UK and around the world.

Did you know, for example, that some of Ark’s earliest work was in international healthcare?


One of Ark’s first projects was tackling HIV in South Africa.


Continuing our work on treatment for HIV, in 2007 Ark looked to neighbouring Mozambique.

Healthcare worker in Mozambique
A mother and baby in Mozambique


Ark turned its attention to Zambia, where rotavirus was causing deaths through diarrhoea.


Through Ark’s Safe Arrival Programme, a new focus was placed on maternal and newborn health provision in rural Zimbabwe.

Training healthcare professionals in Zimbabwe

Over the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting some more of the highlights from across Ark’s history. Look out for #Ark20 stories in Ark News and here on our website. Take a look at this short video for a taste of what’s to come!