About Amref Health Africa

Girls undergo an Alternative Rites of Passage ceremony as part of an effort to stop FGM/C

Amref Health Africa (formerly AMREF - the African Medical and Research Foundation) teams up with African communities to create lasting health change.

And, we work with some of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in Africa to make sure they have access to good health care.

About Amref Health Africa

Amref Health Africa, the largest African-led international organization on the continent, provides training and health services to 35 countries in Africa. Founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to bring critical health services to remote communities, Amref Health Africa works with communities to deliver preventative, community-based health care.

With a focus on women and children, Amref Health Africa manages a full range of medical and public health programmes tackling the most critical health challenges facing the continent: maternal and child care, HIV, TB, malaria, clean water and sanitation and surgical and clinical outreach.

Our Vision

Lasting health change in Africa

Our Mission

We are committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.

Amref Health Africa in Canada

Amref Health Africa in Canada provides program oversight and management, raises funds and engages Canadians on African health issues. In Canada, Amref Health Africa is led by an Executive Director and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors  composed of diverse Canadians who oversee and ensure due diligence in financial performance, management and growth.

Amref Health Africa has 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.

We're making a difference each and every day partnering with African communities. Some examples of what we accomplished in 2016 (October 2015 to December 2016):

  • Amref Health Africa reached more than 13 million people.
  • Amref Health Africa provided health-focused training to 234,785 people

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

In total, we work in 35 countries across Africa.

Founded: 1957

Began as the Flying Doctors of East Africa

Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya

Programs reached more than 13 million Africans

Reach into 35 countries in Africa

11 countries in Europe and North America

Recipient of The Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health

Recipient of The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

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