Marginalized Communities

mother and baby get health care in remote Ethiopia

Credit: Fikrie Gashaneh

Marginalized communities have the right to health care.

Amref Health Africa works with some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in remote rural areas, urban slums and areas affected by conflict.

Amref Health Africa's Flying Doctor Service provides health care services and life-saving emergency care to hard-to-reach communities.

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You Made Your Flu Shot Count

Published: 16 October 2014 Sean Power

Rexall and Amref Health Africa teamed up last flu season to deliver life-saving vaccines to children who needed them most in northern Uganda. More than 175,000 life-saving vaccines were delivered. Read more

Speed up Efforts to End Female Genital Mutilation, Urges Amref Health Africa

Published: 05 May 2015 Sean Power

The International Day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Genital Cutting, has been designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the dangers of the practice. FGM is the intentional invasive injuring of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It has been recognized as a severe violation of the rights of women and girls. Read more

Combatting Malaria Outbreaks: Nets for Children in Africa

Published: 17 September 2014 Sean Power

African countries, including Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, account for nearly 90% of malaria deaths worldwide. This is mostly due to lack of resources. Read more

Having a mother is precious in life, it means care, comfort, hope but above all love. But in South Sudan many children grow without experiencing all these. One such a child is Nyandior Malou of Diayar Payam, Rumbek County Lakes State. Read more

Health care remains a huge concern for African states, indicating an urgent need for governments to prioritize access to quality health care, and for private players to partner with public institutions in advancing the continent’s health agenda. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrates the weakness and vulnerability of African health systems and the underlying social and economic challenges. Read more

Amref Health Africa International Health Conference

Published: 14 August 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

Amref Health Africa in South Sudan

Published: 29 July 2014 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa has a long history in South Sudan, beginning in 1972 in what was then the southern region of Sudan. Over the decades, we have played a critical part in planning and developing the country’s health care system. Read more

World Cancer Day 2014

Published: 04 February 2014 Sean Power

The world observes World Cancer Day every 4th of February, and this year as we commemorate this day, we realize now more than ever of the need for a global commitment to encourage implementation of comprehensive Cancer Control Plans. Read more

Malaria Mother Co-ordinator: Hassena Foka

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

"My name is Hassena Foka. I am 40-years-old and a mother of four boys and six girls. My family and I live in a small village called Yirgada in the Afar region of Ethiopia. The village is home to 300 pastoralist communities and has a health post and elementary school." 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

Joy as Family Prevents Malaria

Published: 19 August 2013 Sean Power

Nabirye Mary, a 35-year-old married woman lives in Njeru Village in Nakitoma sub-county, Nakasongola district, Uganda. She is one of the community members reached by Village Health Teams, trained by Amref Health Africa, through door-to-door visits. She is a mother of three children – 10- month-old twins and a four-year-old boy. 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

Sex between men is stigmatized, officially denied and criminalized in many parts of the world, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the groups that are at high risk of HIV infection, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) are particularly vulnerable, but they are unable to access treatment and care services due to social, religious and political stigma. Read more

Kevin O'Neill
Director of Programmes

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 Programmes, Kevin O'Neill.