Training & Research

Training, research and innovation empower health care workers.

Remote communities in Africa need health care providers.Africa is home to 25% of the global disease burden and only 3% of the global health workforce.



AMREF trains health care workers in Africa.Amref Health Africa is training health workers in close to 40 African countries.



A health care worker treats a newborn baby.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.

Prioritize Training and Deployment of Midwives, African Governments Urged

Published: 04 May 2015 Sean Power

On the occasion of the International Day of the Midwife 2015, Amref Health Africa calls for Governments in Africa and foreign aid departments of developed countries to increase investment in scaling up education and training of midwives to increase access to quality health services and reduce needless deaths of mothers and their newborn children. Read more

Amref Health Africa Expands Facilities to Train Health Workers – and Announces Plans for a University

Published: 16 March 2015 Sean Power

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

Amref Health Africa Launches Innovative Mobile Health Learning Solution

Published: 11 February 2015 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa’s Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP), which uses mobile phones to teach and pass information to community health volunteers, was launched yesterday at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more

Amref Health Africa has partnered with Philips Healthcare to invigorate private/public sector cooperation. In this Fabric of Africa Viewpoint, you will hear from caregivers, patients, and organizers about current initiatives that exemplify the positive outlook for East Africa Read more

Give the Gifts of Health

Published: 09 December 2014 Sean Power

This holiday, through Amref Health Africa's symbolic Gifts of Health wish list, you can play a crucial role in helping to ensure that women and children in sub-Saharan Africa receive the life-saving gift of health they need this holiday season. Read more

Communiqué of the 1st Amref Health Africa International Conference, Safari Park Hotel Nairobi, November 24 – 26, 2014, Organized in Collaboration with the World Health Organization Theme: From Evidence to Action – Lasting Health Change in Africa Read more

Amref Health Africa Conference Opens in Nairobi

Published: 24 November 2014 Sean Power

The inaugural Amref Health Africa International Conference kicked off today with a call by Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mr James Macharia, for increased efforts towards ensuring achievement of universal health care. Read more

Amref Health Africa International Health Conference

Published: 24 November 2014 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa is hosting its first international conference focused on improving health in Africa. The Conference, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will bring together government leaders, researchers, health professionals, community-based organizations, and local health leaders to explore the theme: From Evidence to Action: Lasting Health Change in Africa. Read more

Through a programme funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Amref Health Africa has been able to support Community Health Workers in Tanzania in carrying out their work. 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 soft underbelly of weak health systems in Africa

Published: 20 August 2014 Sean Power

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

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

E-learning boosts medical training

Published: 07 July 2014 Sean Power

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

Juba labs to conduct first cholera sample tests

Published: 09 June 2014 Sean Power

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

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

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

Community Health Workers Save Lives

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Program to train community health workers helps create lasting health improvements. Read more

Better health for Moms and Babies in Ethiopia

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Improving access to health care in the remote South Omo region of Ethiopia. Read more

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces to Improve Health

Published: 08 January 2014 Sean Power

SickKids’ experts train health professionals in Tanzania to improve care for newborns. 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


Published: 13 September 2013 Sean Power

Women throughout Africa continue to die in pregancy and childbirth at unacceptable rates. That's why Amref Health Africa has launched the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, aimed at training 15 000 midwives by 2015. 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

Computer Skills for Midwives in Uganda

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

"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

Helping Communities Tackle Malaria: Resty Nsamba

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

Resty Nsamba says that she is 30 years old, but her experiences and level of respect in her community suggest that she is much older. 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

The World Needs More Midwives

Published: 24 July 2013 Sean Power

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

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces for Child Health in Tanzania

Published: 07 February 2013 Sean Power

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 women make impact for 2013

Published: 28 December 2012 Sean Power

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

Women's health in Africa a priority for AMREF

Published: 08 March 2012 Sean Power

Our water and sanitation programmes ensure that women do not spend long hours every day searching for water. Instead, they are able to use the time to take care of their families, and to engage in projects that boost the family’s income. 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

Sudan Independence: Hope for Freedom, Peace and Health

Published: 05 July 2011 Sean Power

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

Shifting Tasks to Save Lives in Southern Sudan

Published: 01 June 2011 Sean Power

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

Bringing Care to Africa from Above

Published: 22 March 2011 Sean Power

Canadian doctors face a litany of challenges on a daily basis. Just imagine how daunting they are in Africa, where even the basic ability to treat everyone is not always possible. Read more

AMREF calls on Africans to curb maternal deaths

Published: 16 March 2011 Sean Power

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

Reaching Mothers in South Omo: Meet Almaz

Published: 04 March 2011 Sean Power

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

Invest in Innovation to Increase Africa’s Health Workforce

Published: 29 January 2011 Sean Power

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

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