A midwife in Kenya with a training dollKenya faces a shortage of health care workers, with only 1.5 registered health professionals per 1,000 people. The recommended number is 2.3 per 1,000 people. (Kenya Health Workforce Project)

Amref Health Africa is bringing together Canadian and African expertise to create better health for moms and babies in Kenya. READ MORE about this four-year project

Kenyan Government Authorizes Amref International University

Published: 08 August 2017 Sean Power

Kenya’s Commission for University Education has given Amref Health Africa the green light to start and operate the Amref International University (AMIU). Read more


Published: 14 June 2017 Sean Power

The Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre in Nairobi, Kenya provides access to health care, education, skills training and social support for children living or working on the streets. Read more

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

In early December, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and his Dutch counterpart, Frans Makken, witnessed over 350 girls from Samburu County in Kenya participate in Alternative Rites of Passage in place of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting). Read more

Significant progress has been made around the world in reducing the number of women who die in pregnancy or childbirth – the rate dropped globally by 43% between 2000 and 2015. Yet, in many communities in sub-Saharan Africa, the maternal and newborn mortality rates continue to be unacceptably high. Read more

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

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

In a significant shift from tradition, Maasai elders in Loitoktok, in Kenya’s Kajiado County, blessed 363 girls who chose to forgo traditional Female Genital Mutilation (FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting) as a rite of initiation into womanhood. Read more

The Economist brings much needed attention to a dangerous practice being carried out on young girls today – female genital mutilation (FGM) – despite it being illegal in most countries. In many African countries, the practice is interpreted as a ‘coming-of-age’ ceremony that marks the transition to womanhood. Globally, on average, young girls who undergo FGM are just 10-years-old. It’s disappointing that one glaring fact was neglected in the editorial in The Economist – that FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the declaration of human rights. Read more

Amref Health Africa has today unveiled an mHealth solution, LEAP, that seeks to revolutionize the way training of community-based health workers is conducted in Kenya and beyond. Read more

A cholera outbreak in Mandera County in Kenya has already claimed 10 lives and at least 721 people are suspected to have been infected since the first case was reported on April 13. 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

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 will train over 400 health workers for mobile clinics donated by the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, to counties across Kenya. 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

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

Amref Health Africa in Canada will lead a $29.3 million five-year project to improve the health of mothers and their children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania, $24.9 million of which is provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). 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

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

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 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

Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. In 2013, an estimated 9 million people developed tuberculosis (TB) and 1.5 million died from the disease, 360,000 of whom were HIV-positive. 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

Cycling for change

Published: 23 September 2014 Sean Power

Humber grad Shane Burt has always been fascinated by different cultures and countries. He’s also an enthusiastic mountain biker. This fall, he gets to combine those two passions in a particularly intense way – with a 400-kilometre bike ride in southern Kenya at the base of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. 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

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

Clean Water and Maternal Health

Published: 01 February 2014 Sean Power

In Kenya, AMREF is partnering with communities to improve access to clean water and sanitation. 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

10 Canadians spend six months with Amref Health Africa. Read more

Eye-opening trip to Africa

Published: 07 January 2014 Sean Power

Jordan Jarvis has returned from spending six months in Kenya as part of an internship through the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). Read more

AMREF Through Canadian Eyes

Published: 01 January 2014 Sean Power

Ten young Canadian interns joined the AMREF family in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from June to December 2013. AMREF asked the interns to share their favourite photo from their internship, and what it means to them. Read more

Ten young Canadians will have the opportunity to work with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) through a special internship program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Read more

Toronto, July 25, 2011 - AMREF Canada applauds the Canadian government’s international leadership in providing $50 million to relief efforts while also matching all eligible donations made towards AMREF’s efforts supporting people suffering from the severe drought across the Horn of Africa. Read more

Amref Health Africa has been implementing health interventions in the largely semi-arid Kajiado District of Kenya, since the early 1960s. The initial rationale was to provide badly needed curative and promotive health services to marginalised nomadic pastoral communities. Read more

Amref Health Africa has been involved in health development in Kibwezi, Eastern Kenya, since 1978. Its interventions have evolved in tandem with changes in community health needs and changes in government priorities. They have also greatly deepened and expanded in coverage in the 30 years of working in, for and with this hard-to-reach community. Read more

Kevin O'Neill
Director of Programs

Kevin O'NeillWant to partner with Amref Health Africa in Canada on a health project? Want to know more about our projects? Get in touch with our Director of Programs, Kevin O'Neill.