Our Vision

To be the best and most innovative aero-medical solutions provider in Africa.

Our Mission

We save lives through innovative health assistance solutions. And, we support the work of Amref Health Africa, to achieve lasting health change.

Our Values

Emergency services require a deep sense of compassion, responsibility, creativity, and high level of skill, all crowned with true passion for the job. Therefore, as we deliver service, all of us at AFD shall work and live by the following values:

  1. Passion for What We Do: Whether we are in the air or on the ground, the wellbeing of our patients, passengers and staff is our utmost priority.
  2. Passion for Our Customers: We are committed to our customers, ensuring they receive the best possible care with compassion and speed.
  3. Passion for Our People: We know that when we support each other internally with passion, we get ourselves in the appropriate mental state to serve our customers with even greater care.
  4. Get it Done! Now: We provide fast and efficient responses, even in difficult and challenging circumstances.
  5. Find a Better Way: Continued improvement is our culture.

About us

AMREF Flying Doctors is the leading provider of fixed – wing air ambulance services in Africa. We have been in the aeromedical transport industry for more than 60 years – operating from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

Our fully owned fleet of aircraft ranging from short field Pilatus PC 12 to long-range jet aircraft including Citation Bravo and Citation XLS is available to evacuate patients from remote bush airstrips as well as to repatriate patients by jet air ambulance to other continents.

Additionally to our fully equipped and dedicated air ambulance fleet, we operate several Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ground Ambulances and a 24/7 Operations and Emergency Control Centre (OECC).

AMREF Flying Doctors is internationally accredited by the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) for its high professional standards and has twice been a recipient of the prestigious ITIJ Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award.

Any surplus generated by AMREF Flying Doctors supports Amref Health Africa’s humanitarians work and is crucial in helping the organisation to achieve its mission of lasting health change in Africa.

Visitors Centre Opening hours are: Monday to Friday (0900-1300) (1400-1700)
To arrange for a visit at AMREF Flying Doctors Visitors Centre or if you have any queries, please contact us.

Our History

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.

From Africa to the rest of the world

Where we fly

AMREF Flying Doctors is one of the largest and best known international air ambulance service provider in Africa.

We evacuate mainly from East Africa but can arrange evacuations and repatriation to almost anywhere in the world.

Take a look at the map to see destinations we’ve reached around the world.


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