We prevent new infections through education, immunization services and providing check-ups. We train skilled health workers to provide health services that are tailored to treat specific diseases like HIV and support health facilities that serve vulnerable communities with infrastructure improvements and supplies.
For NCDs, we train Community Health Workers to make household visits to check and record blood pressure or blood sugar levels, provide education on diet and exercise to maintain their NCDs, to remind them to take medication, and can refer patients to a doctor if needed. In communities that are miles away from a health facility, these Community Health Workers are essential.
Aside from regular check-ups and immunization services, Amref Health Africa also brings surgical outreach to marginalized communities. We have been providing surgical outreach since 1957 when our three founding surgeons: Dr. Archibald McIndoe, Dr. Michael Wood, and Dr. Thomas Rees, decided to bring essential medical and surgical services to rural and under-served hospitals across eastern Africa as the Flying Doctors. Today, using light aircraft, commercial flights, and road transport, we continue to provide both specialist surgical services and training for local health professionals to improve their surgical skills and patient care.