About Us

Headquartered in Kenya and with programs in over 35 countries, Amref Health Africa is the largest African-based international non-governmental organization. Our organization is driven by its vision of lasting health change in Africa and its mission to catalyze and drive community-led and people-centered health systems while addressing social determinants of health. 

Girls in Afar Amref Ethiopia


Amref believes that the power to transform Africa’s health lies within its communities, and therefore strives to ensure that health systems are not only functional but that communities are empowered to hold these systems accountable for the delivery of quality and affordable health care.

Amref has been active in Ethiopia since the 1960s and became fully operational in 2002. We work through our European and North American network of sister organizations on program implementation, advocacy, fundraising and partnership. Our subsidiaries include Amref Flying Doctors, Amref Enterprises Limited, and the Amref International University.


Throughout our diversified health project portfolio, we are diligent about ensuring that gender and social inclusion are part and parcel of our program implementation. Furthermore, Amref engages in emergency programs to bridge the gap between our development work and the need for humanitarian support. As we deliver our programs in Ethiopia, we network within our African offices to blend global experiences with local innovation.



We implement

projects in 12 regional

states and

two city administrations.

Amref Ethiopia intervention areas map