AMREF is an international African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
AMREF's vision is for lasting health change in Africa: communities with the knowledge, skills and means to maintain their good health and break the cycle of poor health and poverty. We believe in the inherent power within African communities – that the power for lasting transformation of Africa’s health lies within its communities.
AMREF has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now one of the continent’s leading health development and research organisations. Today, AMREF implements its projects through country programmes in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Sudan and South Africa. Training and consulting support are provided to an additional 30 African countries.
AMREF believes that by focusing on the health of women and children, the health of the whole community can be improved. We are concerned with skilled care of mothers before, during and after childbirth; prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, and proper management of childhood illnesses. Our main areas of intervention are maternal and child health; HIV and Tuberculosis; safe water and sanitation; malaria; and essential clinical care.
AMREF shares knowledge gained from our grassroots programmes with others, and uses it as evidence to advocate appropriate change in health policy and practice. In all our programmes, AMREF partners with communities, civil society organisations, health practitioners, and the private and public sectors to establish a participatory health care system.
Based on AMREF’s Business Plan 2011-2014, the building blocks of our approach are in three key areas:
- Human Resources for Health – this includes training and re-skilling of community and other cadres of health workers
- Health Management Information Systems – we believe in the use of health information for planning and programming
- Community Systems Strengthening – this includes giving communities knowledge and skills to promote good health, engaging with grassroots structures, and strengthening linkages between communities and health facilities