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

Send A Specialist

Rural hospital visit

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $1,000.00

John Wachira is an AMREF surgeon and urologist. He flys across Africa to train doctors and to carry out life-changing operations. He spends more than 40 weeks each year working in isolated rural hospitals. Other specialists, including orthopaedic surgeons, general surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, urologists, anesthetists, and laboratory experts also volunteer with AMREF’s Flying Doctors to visit rural hospitals two or three weeks each year. $1,000...

Improve Maternal Care

Obstetric training

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $100.00

AMREF trains nurses and midwives how to properly manage a woman in labor, how to prevent hemorrhage and infection, and how to recognize when she needs a caesarean section and must be taken to a hospital. They are also trained in proper care of newborns: how to cut and tie the umbilical cord, to warm the baby, and to encourage the mother to breastfeed immediately,...

Test and Counsel

HIV/AIDS services

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $15.00

AMREF provides voluntary counseling and testing services to people who wish to know their HIV status. Those who are not infected learn how to protect themselves from the disease. Those who are found to be HIV positive are counseled to take the appropriate medication and avoid infecting their loved ones, and are helped to live positive and productive lives even though they have AIDS. Your...

Make House Calls

Bicycle for health worker

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $50.00

Community Drug Distributors (CDD) are volunteers who have been trained to identify the symptoms of malaria and dispense the proper medication. They also educate the community at weddings, funerals and other gatherings about the proper use of malaria medication and insecticide treated nets. This way the community is empowered to fight malaria. Your gift will provide a bicycle for a CDD, enabling her to cover...

Train Health Workers

Training for one

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $75.00

AMREF trains thousands of doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and community health workers (CORPs) every year. Your gift will train a CORP to recognize and treat common illnesses like diarrhea, respiratory infections, and malaria, which are the leading killers of children in Africa, and to know when they must be taken to a health facility for further treatment. CORPs also learn to educate their communities on...

Give a Smile

Cleft palate surgery

African Medical and Research Foundation

Regular price $250.00

What greater gift could you or your loved one receive than to know that you have literally put a smile on a child's face? And, it's so simple! When AMREF surgeons perform the procedure, the child receives a new smile and the chance for a better future. Gone is the stigma, fear and misunderstanding because of the cleft. What is more, AMREF's surgeons use every...