The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is an international not-for-profit organisation run for Africans by Africans. Headquartered in Nairobi, AMREF works in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal and Uganda.

Founded as the Flying Doctor Service of East Africa in 1957, AMREF today is Africa’s leading health development organization, saving and transforming people’s lives in the continent’s poorest and most marginalized communities.

To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of World Aids Day AMREF has organized a unity event on 1st December ‘Africa’s health in Africa’s hands’ aimed at reaching out to Africans in the Diaspora. This event will be held at AMREF’s offices: AMREF UK, Cliffords Inn, Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BZ.

For over 50 years, AMREF has successfully developed community-based health care models and programmes with African communities seeking solutions to Africa’s priority public health challenges, such as maternal and reproductive health and rights, child health, safe water, malaria, TB and HIV and AIDS. Communities are at the heart of AMREF’s approach, as AMREF believes that the power for lasting health change in Africa truly lies within her communities

The unity event will showcase AMREF’s work; there will be speeches and presentations from AMREF’s senior team, attendees will have the chance to find out how they can join AMREF in working towards their vision of ‘better health for Africa’.

Dr Kaleeba will be the keynote speaker, an inspiring Ugandan who has been a governance member of several prestigious bodies, including the Uganda AIDS commission, the WHO Global Commission on HIV/AIDS, Marie Stopes International, Chair of Action Aid International Board and is now Deputy Chair of AMREF.

Dr Neorine Kaleeba

“I am extremely excited about this event and I believe it will be a great opportunity to discover the potential for Africans in the Diaspora, in supporting and contributing to health care solutions in Africa” says Dr Kaleeba. In 2005 Dr Noerine Kaleeba, was aptly named, “The Angel of Africa” in a ceremony at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where she also received a Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of her tireless work promoting the needs of HIV/Aids sufferers.

Belinda Coote, CEO of AMREF in the UK will be presenting AMREF’S UK priorities and highlighting the work conducted in the UK.  She says ‘As an African Organization AMREF speaks with a unique voice that represents the real health challenges of real people in Africa – I therefore call upon Africans in the Diaspora to join us and to raise our voices for better health for Africa.’

Here are some pictures of their experiences as they journey through Africa to lend a hand;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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