Amref Health Africa is African

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 2013:

  • Amref Health Africa reached more than 10 million people.
  • Amref Health Africa midwives and skilled attendants helped deliver more than 75,000 babies.
  • Amref Health Africa provided HIV testing and counselling to more than 1.4 million people.

Amref Health Africa has country offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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.

Amref Health Africa at a glance

Founded: 1957

Began as the Flying Doctors of East Africa

Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya

Programs reached more than 10 million Africans (2013)

30 countries in Africa

11 countries in Europe and North America

Over $80 million USD global budget (2012)

Recipient of The Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health

Recipient of The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

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