With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa (Amref) is a global health non-governmental organization (NGO) with 22 offices globally and 35 program countries in Africa. The organization is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.
By 2035, there will be an estimated global shortfall of 12.9 million skilled health professionals in Africa. Community health workers are vital to addressing this gap by providing basic healthcare and education services directly to families and community members—serving as a crucial link between communities and formal health systems. However, training these workers via traditional face-to-face methods poses a number of challenges, including high costs, geographic reach, poor long-term engagement, high attrition rates and an inability to rapidly mobilize health workers in times of crisis.