AMREF is an international African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in 1957, when three surgeons started the Flying Doctor Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now one of the continent’s leading health development and reseach organisations.
Today, AMREF implements its projects through country programmes in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Southern Sudan and South Africa and provides training and consulting support to an additional 30 African countries.
AMREF’s mission is to ensure that every African can enjoy the right to good health by helping to create vibrant networks of informed communities that work with empowered health care providers in strong health systems. Much of AMREF’s focus is on women’s health, and they have been a leading player in the fight against fistula, with major programmes in several East African countries. In Tanzania alone, 34 doctors have been trained in fistula surgery and more than 2500 women with fistula have been treated.
In 2009, WAHA established a partnership with AMREF to carry out fistula treatment camps at various district hospitals in Kenya. During these camps, which usually last for one week, surgeons from WAHA and AMREF teams work with district hospital doctors to train them in fistula treatment techniques, and operate up to 40 cases. Through this partnership, over 100 cases of fistula were successfully treated in the last six months of 2009, and 10 doctors trained in fistula surgery. Read more about this project under our activities.