Amref Health Africa was officially founded in 1957 to deliver mobile health services and to provide mission hospitals with surgical support. A medical radio network was developed to coordinate the service and provide communication. In the early 1960s, ground-based mobile medical services were added, along with ‘flight clinics’ for the under-served and remote areas in the Kajiado and Narok districts.
Today, we work across Kenya with a diverse range of communities from urban slums in Nairobi, remote rural areas in the north-east and south, to lake regions in the west and coastal region in the east. With an annual average budget of US$ 35 million, we have carved out Community Health Systems Strengthening as a distinct area of expertise and used this advantage to forge collaborations and partnerships across the country. In line with the Amref Health Africa in Kenya’s Strategic Plan (2018-2022), our solutions are geared towards supporting a devolved system of government, addressing the needs of vulnerable populations especially women, children, and youth, and addressing the burden of infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and maternal mortality. The strategy is aligned to the Constitution of Kenya and the country’s Vision 2030. It seeks to support and spur Kenya’s movement towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically:
With funding from a diverse donor base that includes the Global Fund US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada| (DFATD), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other donors, Amref Health Africa in Kenya currently operates nearly 40 projects.