Amref seeks Sh80bn to improve health services in Africa

Amref  rescue operation in Maralal . FILE PHOTO | NMG
Amref rescue operation in Maralal . FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Amref Health Africa is seeking a Sh80 billion cash injection to improve access to basic healthcare on the continent.

Speaking when he unveiled Amref Health Africa’s Corporate Strategy 2018-2022, Amref’s Chief Executive Dr Gitahi Githinji said emphasis will be placed on domestic resource mobilisation to finance its projects.

“Our strategy recognises that the way the organisation conducts business will need to change significantly in the face of increasing competition from non-traditional development players, shifting donor funding and unpredictable changes in the donor policy environment,” said Dr Gitahi.

The Kenyan-based global NGO seeks to improve health access for 100 million people including the underserved, women and children as well as focus on emerging issues of interest including non-communicable diseases, youth and technology.

Amref said it will foster partnerships to benefit from the shared values with like-minded organisations while emphasising the use of innovative technology platforms to deliver services more efficiently and at much lower cost.

Since its inception 60 years ago, Amref has reached 110 million people, including 80 million women and children and trained at least 12 million health workers in 35 African countries where it works in partnership with governments, communities and stakeholders in health.

The organisation, which recently opened a private university, Amref International University to train health workers, has offices in Europe and North America as well as subsidiaries Amref Flying Doctors and Amref Enterprises.