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Africa is home to 25% of the global disease burden and only 3% of the global health workforce.

Since its founding in 1957, Amref Health Africa has trained more than 600,000 health workers in Africa.

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World Health Day: Community Health Workers not Volunteers for Universal Health Coverage in sub-Saharan Africa

Published: 05 April 2018 Sean Power

April 7, 2018 is World Health Day. Amref Health Africa has been involved in training of midlevel and community health workers through in-service, pre-service and continuing professional development since its founding in 1957. Read more

Amref Health Africa wins prestigious award for technology innovation

Published: 24 September 2015 Sean Power

Amref Health Africa has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Silver award for excellence in the “Best Use of Mobile Learning” category. Read more

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

Published: 06 May 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

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

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 pregnancy and childbirth at unacceptable rates. That's why Amref Health Africa started the Stand Up for African Mothers special project, aimed at training 15 000 midwives and health workers. 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

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

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

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Director of Programs

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