Amref Health Africa works with some of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in Africa to improve their access to health education and services.
Founded in Kenya in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa, Amref currently operates in 35 countries across Africa. The organization provides program management and oversight, raises funds, and engages the international community on African health issues.
Amref’s Community Healthcare Workers (CHW) Program in Kenya was funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development and the Charles & Rita Field-Marsham Foundation. Over a 3-year period, the program trained 200 community healthcare workers (147 of whom were female) to serve a vital role in bridging the gap between local communities and the formal health care system. At the program’s core was a commitment to deliver high-quality health information and training, collect accurate health data, and provide critical medical support to marginalized communities in Kenya. Through these efforts, the CHW program has improved health-related behaviours and achieved an observable decrease in disease levels.