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Why Amref Health Africa?

Amref Health Africa is Africa’s leading health NGO. Headquartered in Nairobi, we partner with communities in 35 countries to sustainably strengthen health systems and improve access to high-quality care. Our belief that health is a human right underpins everything we do.

Why Amref Health Africa?

Amref Health Africa is Africa’s leading health NGO.

Headquartered in Nairobi, we partner with communities in 35 countries to sustainably strengthen health systems and improve access to high-quality care. Our belief that health is a human right underpins everything we do.

We started life in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa. 65 years later, our core mission remains the same: we aim to bridge the gap between people and services. We seek to remove the barriers – whether physical, geographical, financial, or cultural – that prevent people from accessing the care they need. We know that good health opens up the possibility of freedom from poverty. It is directly linked to access to education, economic empowerment, political participation, and the fulfilment of the whole spectrum of human rights.

Since spring 2020, Amref has been at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in East, West, and Southern Africa. As the continent continues its battle against COVID-19 and works to limit the impact of the pandemic on other, vital health services, our unique expertise has rarely been more needed.

Our commitment

When you make a gift to Amref Health Africa UK, you can be sure that it will be spent to have the greatest possible impact.

We take the trust placed in us by our supporters very seriously, and we work hard to ensure that every pound we spend - on our projects in Africa, or here in the UK - works hard, too.

How we use your donations

We raised
£2,650,317
of that,
£2,587,676
For every £1 we spend,
88

We were

The Flying Doctors of East Africa

We started life in 1957, when our founders used a fleet of aircraft to connect some of the continent’s most remote and marginalised communities with high-quality healthcare.

We were

We are

Africa's leading health NGO

More than six decades later, we work in 35 countries, and every year we support millions of people in exercising their human right to health. We develop mobile and online learning solutions that make top-class training available to health workers across the continent. We operate a university that shapes the health workforce of the future. We run the continent’s leading air ambulance service.

Our work has won high-profile international awards such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Award for Global Health and the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award. In 2021, we were among the beneficiaries of MacKenzie Scott’s generous philanthropy.

Pictured: Graduates of the Maridi Health Sciences Institute in South Sudan, supported by Amref Health Africa.

We are

If you:

  • can imagine a future where everyone can exercise their human right to health,
  • believe international development can and must be done differently,
  • know that lasting change must be community-led,
  • want to hear more African voices and perspectives.

We’re the organisation you’ve been looking for.

Because Amref is based in Africa and its staff is predominantly African, it is run by individuals who respect and listen to local people. It does not dictate health care solutions from the outside. Instead, it believes in listening to communities and working with all available resources to improve access to and utilisation of health care.

Nice Leng'ete, Amref Health Africa's Global End-FGM/C Advisor and author of 'The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree'

Flying Doctor Ruth Lusike, Kenya

"I'm most proud of the person I've become: able to help people from all these different communities," says Dr Ruth Lusike. "I can make a change in a person's life, old or young. Even when we don't speak the same language, I feel the appreciation in the sparkle in their eyes."

Images: Amref Health Africa archives, Khadija Farah. Banner image: Dr Ruth Lusike (c) Gregg Telussa.

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