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for nature,
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for you
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The human popu­la­ti­on across the Afri­can con­ti­nent curr­ent­ly stands at 1.2 bil­li­on. This num­ber is expec­ted to dou­ble by 2050. This high popu­la­ti­on growth can be attri­bu­ted in part to a lack of know­ledge and access to fami­ly plan­ning. We belie­ve edu­ca­ti­on sur­roun­ding fami­ly plan­ning is essen­ti­al in lif­ting peo­p­le out of poverty!
Fami­ly plan­ning is a human right! It is the key to empowe­ring women and cru­cial in the fight against poverty!
Aktion Regen
  • 32 years of prac­ti­cal know­ledge transfers
  • 5 Big Rain Tools for taboo-free edu­ca­ti­on of fami­ly plan­ning and sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health
  • more than 800 trai­ned Rain Workers
  • Pro­jects in 10 Afri­can count­ries (Sene­gal, Ethio­pia, Sudan, Kenya, Ugan­da, Rwan­da, Burun­di, Tan­z­a­nia, Mali, Sambia)
  • more than 600.000 peo­p­le recei­ved valuable infor­ma­ti­on regar­ding fami­ly plan­ning sin­ce 2009
Rain Worker

Akti­on Regen works tog­e­ther with local part­ner orga­niza­ti­ons to con­duct know­ledge trans­fer work­shops regar­ding fami­ly planning.

We work with Rain Workers, mem­bers of the local com­mu­ni­ty, who we pro­vi­de with sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health and fami­ly plan­ning trai­ning. The­se peo­p­le act as mul­ti­pli­ers, car­ry­ing the know­ledge they acqui­red into dif­fe­rent com­mu­ni­ties, schools and health care facilities.

By trai­ning peo­p­le who share with others what they have lear­ned, we are able to have a far lar­ger impact. Our Rain Workers pass on the tools nee­ded to live a self-deter­mi­ned life, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty fami­ly plan­ning pres­ents, to secu­re a brigh­ter future.


We share know­ledge about fami­ly plan­ning, sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health, HIV / AIDS pre­ven­ti­on and FGM.

Our goal is to share know­ledge with peo­p­le who have had few edu­ca­tio­nal oppor­tu­ni­ties, in order for them to make the most infor­med decis­i­ons regar­ding their lives and to enable them to escape from pover­ty.

Fami­ly plan­ning is key to having a self-deter­mi­ned life. By pro­vi­ding access to fami­ly plan­ning, we give each per­son the tools to deci­de for them­sel­ves what their own future should look like. Sha­ring this mes­sa­ge with as many peo­p­le as we can, is at the core of our mis­si­on at Akti­on Regen.

big 5 rain Tools

Dr. Maria Hengst­ber­ger deve­lo­ped 5 easi­ly com­pre­hen­si­ble edu­ca­tio­nal tools, that make infor­ma­ti­on easy to under­stand and share with others, visi­ble, and lite­ral­ly tangible.

Our 5 Big Rain Tools illus­tra­te the fema­le mens­tru­al cycle, pro­vi­de a repre­sen­ta­ti­on of the fema­le repro­duc­ti­ve organs (ther­eby remo­ving them from taboo-sta­tus), rai­se awa­re­ness on fami­ly plan­ning, and explain the health impli­ca­ti­ons of fema­le geni­tal muti­la­ti­on and why it must be con­side­red a human rights violation.

dr. med. maria Hengstberger

Sha­ring know­ledge with others means sha­ring free­dom”, is the mot­to of Dr. Hengst­ber­ger, the gynae­co­lo­gist who foun­ded Akti­on Regen in 1989.

During a work trip to Ethio­pia, she wit­nessed first-hand the hard­ships many peo­p­le, espe­ci­al­ly women, faced. In respon­se she deve­lo­ped the con­cept: know­ledge as a chan­ce.

The word “Regen” (Eng­lish: Rain) sym­bo­li­zes the con­ti­nuous sup­port Akti­on Regen pro­vi­des through its know­ledge trans­fer pro­gram­mes. In line with the mot­to “water to the roots”, know­ledge is seen as giving peo­p­le the pos­si­bi­li­ty to live a more self-deter­mi­ned life.


Akti­on Regen’s goals are in line with the UN Sus­tainable Deve­lo­p­ment Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda.

By pro­vi­ding qua­li­ty edu­ca­ti­on (Goal 4) regar­ding sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health and fami­ly plan­ning we can estab­lish bet­ter health and well-being for all (Goal 3) and pro­mo­te gen­der equa­li­ty and empower­ment of all women and girls (Goal 5). Local part­ner­ships pro­vi­de oppor­tu­ni­ties (Goal 17) that help achie­ve the first sus­tainable deve­lo­p­ment goal, name­ly glo­bal pover­ty reduc­tion (Goal 1).

Why Akti­on Regen?
Dr. Maria Hengstberger / Aktion Regen
Dr. Maria Hengstberger
Foun­der and Pre­si­dent, Akti­on Regen

We can­not expect women to give birth until they die from it. We can­not afford that in our humanity.

Aus­tria, Vorarlberg

I have been fol­lo­wing Dr. Hengst­ber­ger’s com­mit­ment for a very long time and I am deligh­ted to see that gre­at things have deve­lo­ped from the ori­gi­nal idea. May you all con­ti­nue to put so much ener­gy into the­se ide­as and their implementation!
All the best,
Moni­ka (Email, Octo­ber 2020)

Mama­dou Koné
Mali, Aus­tria
Hono­ra­ry Con­sul of Mali, Akti­on Regen Trai­ner and Pro­ject Mana­ger for Mali

Enab­ling access to fami­ly plan­ning not only increa­ses individual’s auto­no­my, it is also the ans­wer to many of the eco­no­mic, social, demo­gra­phic, and envi­ron­men­tal issues of our time.

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Dany Sigel

It is important to note cul­tu­re, tra­di­ti­on, and reli­gi­on when under­ta­king deve­lo­p­ment work, as the­se fac­tors deter­mi­ne individual’s lives and respon­ses to new infor­ma­ti­on. Akti­on Regen works with local Rain Workers to share infor­ma­ti­on that is acces­si­ble, sui­ta­ble to cul­tu­ral con­texts and understandable.

Miss Glo­ria
Rain Worker

Maria has always told us “grab your future”. I am proud to be a Rain Worker and to spread the know­ledge on fami­ly plan­ning. It is for our future!


The more women who recei­ve know­ledge regar­ding fer­ti­li­ty and child­birth, and thus can make infor­med decis­i­ons and take their lives in their own hands, the easier it is for pro­spe­ri­ty, gen­der equa­li­ty, vio­lence pre­ven­ti­on, and over­all peace to be estab­lished. Fami­ly plan­ning is key to a self-deter­mi­ned life. Pas­sing this mes­sa­ge on to all women and girls and rai­sing awa­re­ness regar­ding fami­ly plan­ning is at the core of our mis­si­on at Akti­on Regen.


Become a project partner of Aktion Regen!

Akti­on Regen has gai­ned pro­ject and trai­ning expe­ri­ence in many count­ries in East and West Afri­ca over the past 30 years. New part­ner count­ries and part­ner orga­ni­sa­ti­ons are con­stant­ly being added, and new pro­ject designs for impar­ting exis­ten­ti­al know­ledge are con­stant­ly being deve­lo­ped together.

We always work tog­e­ther with local orga­ni­sa­ti­ons, schools, insti­tu­ti­ons, etc. or with inter­na­tio­nal NGOs that have estab­lished pro­jects in a regi­on. Capa­ci­ty buil­ding is an essen­ti­al cor­ner­stone of our sus­tainable work ethic — the know­ledge of our edu­ca­tio­nal pro­gram­me “know­ledge as a chan­ce” has to be brought per­ma­nent­ly into the socie­ties and estab­lished the­re for inde­pen­dent dissemination.

If you would like to coöpe­ra­te with Akti­on Regen, we can train your team on the fol­lo­wing topics: sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health, edu­ca­ti­on / con­tracep­ti­on / fami­ly plan­ning, HIV/AIDS pre­ven­ti­on, FGM — risks and pre­ven­ti­on — plea­se cont­act us.

Plea­se cont­act Dr. Ines Kohl, Secre­ta­ry Gene­ral and over­all pro­gram­me mana­ger, at the Head Office:, ++43 / 1 / 720 66 20.

We look for­ward to mee­ting you as a new pro­ject partner!