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About AMREF Flying Doctors

AMREF Flying Doctors is a non-profit limited liability company based in Nairobi Kenya and is solely owned by the international humanitarian Health organisation AMREF Health Africa.

Since its formation in 1957 by Sir Archie McIndoe, Sir Michael Wood and Dr Tom Rees, AMREF has delivered health care to some of the most remote areas of East Africa.
AMREF Flying Doctors is committed to providing world-class medical services to the people of Africa as one of Africa’s leading air ambulance services, operating across the African continent in nations such as Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.

AMREF provides air evacuation services 24 hours a day with fulltime medical and aircrew including inter-hospital transfer.
In addition, patients can be repatriated via jet air ambulance aircraft to Europe, Asia, Middle East, Far East and North America or medical escort can be provided on commercial carriers.

As a vital link between remote areas and the Emergency Control Centre at Wilson Airport in Nairobi AMREF has established the largest two-way radio network in Africa, comprising over 100 HF radio stations across East Africa. AMREF also provides a medical outreach programme, taking specialist health care to some of the most impoverished and remote communities of Africa.

AMREF Flying Doctors
Wilson Airport
P.O. Box 18617
00500 Nairobi

Tel: +254 20 6992299 / 6992000/
Tel: + 254 (0) 730 811 811/ 709 962 000
Fax: +254 20 6000665

Radio Frequencies: HF: 9116kHz LSB / 5796 kHz LSB
Call Sign: Foundation Control


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Amref Flying Doctors -1.281396, 36.817290 Amref Flying DoctorsKenya House, 33, Nairobi, Kenya (Directions)

Airport IATA: WIL


CEO & Medical Director Chief Medical Officer Chief Operating Officer Chief Pilot
Dr. Bettina Vadera Dr. Joseph Lelo Mr. Mike Black Captain Ephraim Murigu

Accreditation History

Accreditations Certificates Valid Until Standard Achieved / Medical Endorsements
 Primary  March 2010  Full Accreditation / Special Care
 Reaccreditation  26th of July 2013  Full Accreditation / Special Care
 Reaccreditation  1st of August 2016  Full Accreditation / Special Care
 Reaccreditation 22nd of June 2022
Long-Range / Intercontinental Fixed Wing

Medical Endorsements: 

  • Adult Critical Care 

Commercial Airline Medical Escort Accreditation


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