Amref Health Africa (formerly AMREF - the African Medical and Research Foundation) teams up with African communities to improve the health of moms, dads, babies, grandparents, children and teens.
Working together with the whole community, Amref Health Africa helps to make changes that will last through generations. And, we work with some of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in Africa to make sure they have access to good health care.
We are African-based and African-led, with more than 97% of our staff being African. We believe that solutions to Africa's health challenges lie within Africa and its people.
Amref Health Africa has been focused on health care in Africa since 1957.
And, we've won highly-regarded international awards for our innovation, expertise, and ability to make lasting change: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award for Global Health, and the Hilton Humanitarian Award.
But it's not the awards that Amref Health Africa is most proud of. It's the difference we're making each and every day with African communities. Some examples of what we accomplished in 2012:
- Amref Health Africa reached more than 12 million people, of which 55% were women.
- Amref Health Africa midwives and skilled attendants helped deliver more than 54,000 babies.
- Amref Health Africa provided HIV testing and counselling to more than 1.6 million people.
In total, we work in more than 30 countries across Africa.
Amref Health Africa in Canada
Here in Canada, we support Amref Health Africa's work by raising money, helping to build capacity, engaging the Canadian government, and making Canadians aware of how they can contribute to improving health in Africa. Our small team in Toronto draws on the support of many volunteers to help us carry out our work. And, our volunteer Board of Directors makes sure we deliver on our long-term goals.