Very few people in Africa have access to quality medical care. Africa is home to about 11 per cent of the world’s population, but has a mere three per cent of the world’s health workers tackling 24 per cent of the global disease burden. Despite an increase in health spending in Africa, access to good quality care is limited as most funding has been targeted toward the treatment of specific diseases, rather than improving overall health systems and services.
Amref Health Africa focuses on building capacity of national health systems, in partnership with ministries of health and health development agencies. Amref Health Africa seeks to strengthen the capacity of appropriately trained health workers, improve access to quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care and to strengthen laboratory services.
Through services such as the clinical outreach programme to remote hospitals in more than seven countries, Amref Health Africa provides access to specialised health care including cleft lip and palate, obstetric fistula repair and general and urology surgery to disadvantaged communities across Africa.