Stories

Stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Published: 08 March 2017 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa's global vision to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2030. Read more

Amref Health Africa at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Published: 25 October 2016 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa is pleased to be participating in the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research from November 14 to 18, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. The Symposium, organized by Health Systems Global, brings together experts under the theme “Resilient and Responsive Health Systems for a Changing World.” Read more

Partnering with the Global Fund to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Published: 12 September 2016 Sean Power

Since 2002, when the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was founded, Amref Health Africa has been an active and proud partner. Read more

Spearheading the Fight Against Malaria at the Community Level

Published: 12 September 2016 Sean Power

Malaria infection during pregnancy is a significant public health concern, with substantial health risks for the pregnant woman and her foetus. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria as pregnancy reduces a woman’s immunity to the disease, making her more susceptible to the infection and increasing her risk of illness, severe anaemia and death. Read more

Knocking on Doors, Saving lives

Published: 12 September 2016 Sean Power

With the training she has received from Amref Health Africa in Kenya through the Global Fund Malaria round 10 Project, Beatrice Muguoke (commonly known in her village as ‘Nyar Kisumu’ meaning a lady from Kisumu) has been able to contribute to the reduction of malaria cases in her community. Read more

Credit: Maureen Cherongis Monica Achieng (left) learns about malaria prevention from Community Health Volunteer Rose Mango   David Owour was only four months old when his mother went abroad and left him in the... Read more

2016 Habari - News from Amref Health Africa in Canada

Published: 18 April 2016 Sean Power

Habari is Amref Health Africa in Canada's annual newsletter for Canadians to update them on how their support is helping to create lasting health change in African communities. Read more

Amref Health Africa-trained Nice Nailantei Leng’ete has been selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Read more

Innovation is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to our work with African communities to create lasting health change. Read more

Mount Kilimanjaro Inspires Canadian to Give Back

Published: 15 April 2016 Sean Power

It was a charity climb on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania that first sparked Mary Ann MacKenzie’s interest in Africa. Read more

Amref Health Africa is bringing together Canadian and African expertise to reduce the high rates of mother and child mortality within marginalized and remote communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. Read more

Amref Health Africa Heroes: Sarah Manana

Published: 14 April 2016 Sean Power

Sarah is a Project Officer for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Amref Health Africa in Uganda where innovative programmes are leading teachers and students (boys and girls alike) to talk about menstruation as they would any other health topic. Read more

AMREF Flying Doctors – Amref Health Africa’s medical emergency evacuation service – yesterday evacuated a woman with a knife lodged in her head after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband in the remote and arid Wajir County in northern Kenya. Read more

On November 19, 2015, Amref Health Africa joins the rest of the world in marking the UN World Toilet Day. Sub-Saharan Africa has a mere 30 per cent coverage of safe sanitation facilities, a startling statistic that is only a four per cent increase since 1990. This is a serious concern due to the associated massive health burden. Read more

Welcoming New Leadership - Renewing Commitments

Published: 30 October 2015 Sean Power

In a special guest blog, global health consultant, researcher, and Canadian, Nafeesa Jalal, shares her perspective on recent global changes at Amref Health Africa, and what the future may hold. Read more

Amref Health Africa has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Silver award for excellence in the “Best Use of Mobile Learning” category. Read more

At a colourful event in Loitokitok, Kenya, near the border with Tanzania, 1,200 Maasai girls marked their transition to womanhood without experiencing Female Genital Cutting (also known as Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM). Read more

Stop Female Genital Cutting -- Join the Alternative!

Published: 26 August 2015 Sean Power

The largest Alternative Rite of Passage ceremony is happening in Loitokitok in southern Kenya, near Mount Kilimanjaro. More than 1,200 girls from Maasai communities are taking part in the Alternative Rite of Passage as a way to mark the transition from a girl to a woman. The public event replaces Female Genital Cutting, a practice that can have severe consequences for girls’ health. Read more

2014 Annual Report - Amref Health Africa in Canada

Published: 18 August 2015 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa in Canada's 2014 Annual Report provides program and financial highlights. Read more

Dr Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as our global CEO on June 1, 2015. He began his career as an MD practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and also holds a Masters in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing. In this Q&A conversation, Dr. Gitahi talks about the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in building lasting and sustainable health change. Read more

Grace, the vaccination manager at Ongica Health Centre in northern Uganda, prepares vaccines to take to an outreach day in a remote community. Read more

When Charles Ndegwa lost his brother to tuberculosis (TB), he did not realize the journey his role would take. Read more

Every morning before sunrise, women and children in Kenya’s Samburu County embark on an arduous journey, one that takes them miles away from their homes in search of water. Read more

A newly constructed Annex at the Amref Health Africa Training Centre and Headquarters in Nairobi will expand the organization’s capacity to train health workers from across the continent. Read more

We mark 2015 International Women’s Day with the words and experiences of women who are at the forefront of creating lasting health change in Africa. Read more

Together the Maasai in Kenya, Amref Health Africa has developed an Alternative Rite of Passage for girls to transition to womanhood. Read more

The International Day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Genital Cutting, has been designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the dangers of the practice. FGM is the intentional invasive injuring of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It has been recognized as a severe violation of the rights of women and girls. Read more

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta this morning launched emergency air rescue and ground ambulance services to be provided by Amref Flying Doctors for civil servants and members of the disciplined forces. Read more

Amref Health Africa in Canada Coffeehouse Speakers Series on Global Development: Is the Ebola Outbreak a Symptom of Vulnerable Health Symptoms? Read more

Amref Health Africa Responds to Attack in Garissa, Kenya

Published: 13 April 2015 Sean Power

Responding immediately to the attack at Garissa University College on April 2, 2015 AMREF Flying Doctors - Amref Health Africa's medical evacuation service - provided four air ambulances and a medical team to assist the critically injured. 148 people died in the attack on April 2, 2015. Read more

On the occasion of this year’s World Water Day, Amref Health Africa wishes to remind African Governments and the international community that limited access to clean water causes challenges for primary health care. Therefore drinking water supply and the provision of sanitation facilities must be included in disease prevention and primary health care programmes. Read more

Ugandan Government Honours Midwife Esther Madudu

Published: 23 October 2014 Sean Power

Esther Madudu, the face of Amref Health Africa’s Stand Up for African Mothers campaign has been recognized by the Ugandan Ministry of Health for her exemplary performance and commitment to work as a midwife. Read more

Washing Hands with Soap can Save Lives

Published: 15 October 2014 Sean Power

Hand washing is a major tool for fighting infectious disease, says Amref Health Africa as the world marks Global Handwashing Day Read more

Amref Health Africa Virtual Training School does it again!

Published: 03 October 2014 Sean Power

For the fourth consecutive year, students of the Amref Health Africa Virtual Training School (AVTS) have excelled in Nursing Council of Kenya exams for Kenya Registered Community Health Nurses. Read more

The Reality in South Sudan: Meet Nugent Manea Kalome

Published: 05 May 2014 Sean Power

Meet Nugent Manea Kalome, 56-year old midwife who was in the first group of midwives trained at Amref Health Africa’s National Training institute in South Sudan. Read more

Midwives Changing the World One Family at a Time

Published: 01 May 2014 Sean Power

On this International Day of the Midwife Amref Health Africa renews its commitment to work hand-in-hand with governments development partners and civil society organizations to train midwives. Read more

A Ray of Hope and Happiness

Published: 01 May 2014 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa is training midwives in rural Ethiopia to ensure more mothers and their babies have access to health care. Read more

World Malaria Day 2014: Amref Health Africa calls on governments, donors, the private sector and partners to reinforce and renew their commitment to investing in malaria control and elimination. Read more

Fighting Malaria at the Community and Household Level

Published: 21 April 2014 Sean Power

Community Health Workers in Kenya trained by Amref Health Africa treat and prevent malaria in rural communities. Read more

Bye Bye Malaria!

Published: 21 April 2014 Sean Power

Christine Nasimiyu, a mother in Lurende Village, Bungoma County in Kenya describes how the community health worker in her village has helped her family prevent malaria. Read more

Dr. Brook Asfaw: Delivering Healthy Babies

Published: 11 April 2014 Sean Power

Dr. Brook Getahun Asfaw is the only obstetrician-gynecologist at Jinka Hospital in the South Omo region of southern Ethiopia. The hospital serves more than one million people. Read more

Nompumelelo Mthembu is a Traditional Health Practitioner in South Africa. Amref Health Africa works with Traditional Health Practitioners like Nompumelelo to tackle HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and improve health care for pregnant women and newborns. Read more

As Africa’s leading health development organization working with vulnerable and under-served communities, AMREF joins the global TB Partnership in calling for increased efforts to reach the three million missed cases. Read more

AMREF joins the world in celebrating World Water Day 2014 themed: Water and Energy Read more

World Cancer Day 2014

Published: 04 February 2014 Sean Power

The world observes World Cancer Day every 4th of February, and this year as we commemorate this day, we realize now more than ever of the need for a global commitment to encourage implementation of comprehensive Cancer Control Plans. Read more

AMREF Appeals for Support for South Sudan

Published: 22 January 2014 Sean Power

As the humanitarian and health crisis continues in South Sudan, AMREF is appealing for support to mobilize human, material and other resources required to provide emergency medical and surgical services. Read more

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Published: 01 January 2014 Sean Power

AMREF announces the winners of a photography contest in Ethiopia. Read more