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AMREF Flying Doctors is a company limited by guarantee wholly owned by Amref Health Africa, which is the leading international health development non-governmental organization based in Africa, headquartered in Nairobi. AMREF Flying Doctors was established in 1957 by three surgeons – Sir Michael Wood, Archibald McIndoe, & Thomas Rees and has since been involved in a number of health care projects in East Africa.
Spurred by what they had seen of the combined effects of poverty, tropical disease, and a lack of adequate health services in East Africa, their collective vision was born in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro.
At that time, there was one doctor to every 30,000 people in East Africa – in Britain it was 1:1,000. Medical facilities were sparse, with rough terrain and often impassable roads, making access to medical care difficult for people in rural and remote areas. As this was where the majority of the population lived, Archie, Tom, and Michael saw an air-based service as the only way to get health care to remote communities
AMREF Flying Doctors is the largest and best-known international air ambulance services provider in the region. We have been in the Aeromedical transport industry for close to 60 years, acquiring a huge wealth of experience, professionalism, and solid infrastructure. AMREF Flying Doctors is the only Air Ambulance provider in the region that is internationally accredited by the European Aero-Medical Institute (EURAMI) and twice a winner of the International ITIJ Air Ambulance Provider of the Year Award, the most prestigious award in the global travel and health insurance industry. This is a true reflection of the exemplary effort put in by our highly trained staff.
AMREF Flying Doctors provides air evacuation services in medical emergencies across East Africa, as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities. We provide air ambulance services and operate across many East African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and when clearance can be obtained, most neighboring countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Subject to flight clearances, AMREF Flying Doctors will carry out evacuations from anywhere on the African continent. In addition, patients can be repatriated via an AMREF Flying Doctors aircraft to Europe, Asia, and North America or a medical escort can be provided on commercial carriers.
AMREF Flying Doctors operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a vital link between remote areas and AMREF Flying Doctors Emergency Control Centre at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, AMREF Flying Doctors has established a radio network that comprises over 100 HF radio stations across East Africa, making it the largest two-way radio network in Africa. Apart from emergency evacuations, AMREF Flying Doctors provides a medical outreach program, taking essential health care to some of the most impoverished and remote areas of Africa.