From Flying Doctors to a Health Organization
Amref Health Africa (African Medical & Research Foundation) was founded 1957 and is an independent, non-profit, African NGO.
With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa is the largest Africa-based healthcare nonprofit, serving an average of nine million people per year across 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The NGO strengthens health systems and trains African health workers to respond to the continent’s most critical health challenges:
- maternal and child health,
- non-communicable and infectious disease (Cancer, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, etc),
- access to clean water and sanitation,
- surgical and clinical outreach.
Amref’s approach is community-based and makes the people they reach partners, rather than just beneficiaries. Over 97% of their global staff are Africans, so they are always tackling African challenges with African expertise.