African Medical and Research Foundation

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The African Medical & Research Foundation, founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa, is today the largest nongovernmental health development organization based in Africa. 97% of our staff is African. AMREF takes a rights-based approach to community health development.


AMREF's mission is to empower people of Africa, through better health, to escape poverty and improve the quality of their lives.


AMREF focuses on the most critical health issues facing Africa: HIV/AIDS and TB; malaria; family health; clean water and basic sanitation; clinical services and emergency response; and training and capacity building. AMREF's overarching goal is to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health.

AMREF works independently and in partnership with local communities, other NGOs, African Ministries of Health, United Nations agencies, and WHO.

AMREF's philosophy is that Africa must build the health care systems that are most effective within the context of local cultures and resources.


AMREF has 50 years of on-the-ground experience in Africa. Each year, AMREF's programs save hundreds of thousands of lives across Eastern and Southern Africa.


South Africa


4 West 43rd St

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 768-2440

EIN: 13-1867411

Prevent Blindness

Trachoma treatment

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $100.00

With your gift, AMREF will train and equip a volunteer to make visit nearby families, to keep track of who in each family has an infection using colored beads, and to treat the infection with antibiotic ointment. If someone has had repeated infections, the eyelid will begin to turn in, and this will eventually scar the cornea and cause blindness. The trachoma worker will refer...