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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Health, International, International Development, Public Health

Mission: Amref Health Africa's mission is to create lasting health change in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems. Amref Health Africa is the largest African-based nonprofit that delivers health services to over 30 countries on the continent. Originally founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa and staffed by doctors who flew light aircraft to bring emergency health care to remote areas, our work is now focused on training health workers at all levels and strengthening community health systems. We use African solutions to tackle critical African health challenges with African expertise. Over 90% of our staff working on the ground is African.

Target demographics: women, children and whole communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9,000,000 people

Geographic areas served: sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: Maternal and child health, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, surgical outreach, health worker training

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I'm currently a senior in college, but I chose to take a semester off in order to gain more insight into the inner-workings of nonprofit before committing my job hunt to the sector. I am so glad I found AMREF! I interned there for a few months and it helped me to really understand the healthcare-related issues facing many nations in Africa. What was even more important to me was that you really got a feel from the office and the people who worked there of the strong connection between what they were doing in an office in New York and how it affected people thousands of miles away.

After interning with AMREF, I have confirmed 100% that I want to work with a nonprofit organization that works to increase access to effective and efficient healthcare. Who knows, maybe I'll even work for AMREF one day! :-)


Rating: 5

AMREF USA is dedicated to helping African communities help themselves through health initiatives and training on the ground level. Most of the staff has been to East Africa and personal photos with AMREF workers and beneficiaries speckle each cubicle. From the beginning, the staff was friendly and helpful and encouraged me to ask questions. The staff is knowledgeable about AMREF's projects, and truely believe in fundraising for those in need.