Training, research and innovation empower health care workers.
Africa is home to 25% of the global disease burden and only 3% of the global health workforce.
Amref Health Africa is training health workers in close to 40 African countries.
Amref Health Africa's award-winning eLearning programme helps to upgrade the skills of 20,000 nurses in Kenya. Amref Health Africa trains other health care workers critical to the health system.
Since its founding in 1957, Amref Health Africa has trained more than 600,000 health workers in Africa.
It is estimated that Sub-Saharan Africa needs 800,000 doctors, nurses and midwives. It is also estimated that to eliminate the shortage, $20 billion (Sh1.74 trillion) are needed. The few health workers are concentrated in urban centres, are poorly remunerated, and are demoralised. Further, their skills are not continuously updated in rare conditions like Ebola. The many problems that health systems in Africa face result from underfunding. Read more
Integration of non-communicable diseases in health care: tackling the double burden of disease in African settings
Sub-Saharan African countries now face the double burden of Non Communicable and Communicable Diseases. This situation represents a major threat to fragile health systems and emphasizes the need for innovative integrative approaches to health care delivery. Read more
Amref Health Africa in Uganda is training midwives using E-learning tools. Electronic learning (e-learning) refers to learning delivered using electronic means through internet, intranet or CD-ROM to access the education curriculum outside of a traditional classroom. Read more
Amref Health Africa has taken on a critical role during a cholera outbreak that has hit parts of South Sudan - a country that has been affected by conflict for several months now. For the first time, cholera samples are being tested in Juba - South Sudan's capital city. Previously, the samples had to be sent to Kenya or Uganda, slowing down the treatment of cholera patients in South Sudan. Read more
Community Health Workers in Kenya trained by Amref Health Africa treat and prevent malaria in rural communities. Read more
The African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) was presented last night with the Partner Award from the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) in recognition of their exceptional contribution towards human resources for health. AMREF has trained more than 600,000 health workers since its inception in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa. Read more
Maria Gasingo lives in South Sudan, and just like so many women in Sub-Saharan Africa had no other option but to give birth at home. She ran into severe hemorrhaging complications during labour and immediately knew that her life and the life of her unborn child were at risk. Read more
"My name is Angela Adrikos, a 30 year old midwife married with a 4-year-old daughter, called Nyamungu Rita Faith. I am currently the acting in-charge of Awere health centre 111 in Uganda and have been working as a midwife here for the last four years." Read more
Christine Akello, 28, is a qualified enrolled midwife working in a remote sub county of Lalogi, Uganda where the health centre she works in is located, about 145 km from Gulu Town in the north. Read more
A motherless baby begins life at a disadvantage. In addition to missing maternal love, the baby is at risk for malnourishment, infection and a host of other problems. My skills as a midwife are vital to saving the lives of mothers every day, but they also go beyond delivering babies. I help to educate women with proper healthcare information and campaign for maternal health to be prioritized. Read more
TORONTO – The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are joining together to combat the high mortality rate of children in rural Tanzania. Read more
Oakville's Jette James, Brenda Moffatt and Ginette Young,and friend Audrey McKinney of Toronto, will start 2013 knowing their effort last fall will make a difference in the new year. The women made the ancient Christian pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in support of the African Medical and Research Foundation’s (AMREF) ‘Stand up for African Mothers’ campaign. Read more
Rush-hour blitz of key TTC subway stations draws attention to the unacceptable death rate of African mothers. Torontonians are being asked to Stand Up for African Mothers on Friday, December 7 to help combat the unacceptably high rate of deaths among moms in Africa. Read more
The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) today received the World Federation of Public Health Associations 2012 Organisational Award. The award is bestowed in recognition of an organisation’s outstanding achievements in and contributions to the field of public health and is presented every three years. Read more
Community health worker Almaz Doiso is responsible for bringing health care closer to home for more than five hundred families in one of the most remote regions in the world – South Omo Ethiopia. She travels the rough terrain by foot. The weather is hot, the climate is dry and dusty and the infrastructure is weak. Access to formal health care is almost inexistent. There is one hospital serving half a million people and there are not nearly enough professionally trained staff. Read more
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at AMREF Headquarters by Elhadj As Sy, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, and AMREF’s Director General Dr Teguest Guerma. It spells out several areas of collaboration between the two organizations, including promotion of vaccination of children and women; training of health workers involved in management of maternal, newborn and childhood illnesses, elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and research to improve public health approaches. Read more
On July 9, 2011 Southern Sudan will celebrate its Independence marking the end of a long journey in search of freedom, autonomy and self-rule. It is a journey that has been fraught with numerous challenges and setbacks. Read more
Short-term cash injections, shortsighted pilot projects and a revolving door of international health priorities have done little to bolster much-needed public health infrastructure in Africa, health development experts argue. Read more
Southern Sudan emerged from two decades of civil war in 2005 to find its health system in tatters. The country’s health indicators are some of the worst in the world. Maternal mortality is estimated at 1 in every 50 live births and 1 in every 4 children will die before reaching their fifth birthday. Read more
Ten years ago, Kenya’s Ministry of Health and National Nursing Council took a bold step, pledging to transform the country’s nursing education system—there was simply no other choice. Read more
The statistics are grinding. One in six people on this planet with HIV/AIDS lives in South Africa. Not washing hands before eating kills more kids in Africa than starvation. There is one doctor for every 400 people in Canada – in Africa, it’s one for every 20,000. Read more
Consult Thembi Nxumalo on diabetes treatment and she will likely recommend a mix of natto root and caju bark. Show up with an ulcer and you will be given balsam pear tonic. Read more
AMREF's Director General Dr. Teguest Guerma recently spoke to Kenya's Capital FM Radio about AMREF's call people living in East Africa to help curb maternal deaths through a new corporate partnership with Nakumatt, one of East Africa's largest department store chains. Read more
AMREF joins the world to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is equal access to education, training and science and technology: a pathway to decent work for women. AMREF is hoping the theme will draw attention to the health needs of women across Africa. Read more
Almaz Nagadi greets Amira in her small village with a big smile and warm handshake. Amira is pregnant and will be delivering her baby soon. “I lost my first baby,” Amira explains. “But I’ve learned many lessons from Almaz and this time I want to have a safe delivery at the health post.” Read more
Participants including AMREF's team at the 2nd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health have adopted the Bangkok Outcome Statement. Read more
First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania, Salma Kikwete officially launched a four year project that will work to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Mtwara and Tandahimba districts Tanzania during the White Ribbon Day Celebrations held in March. Read more