1972 to 2022: Highlights

Amref Health Africa has a long history in South Sudan, beginning in 1972 in what was then the southern region of Sudan. Over the decades, we have played a critical part in planning and developing the country’s health system to ensure that everyone can get access to the health care they need.


1972: Amref Health Africa begins working in the southern region of Sudan at the request of the government. Following many years of conflict, the priority is to rebuild the country’s health care system.

Amref trains 800 community health workers to provide essential health services, creating better health from the ground up. Two Canadian organizations – Oxfam Quebec and Development and Peace Canada – provide financial support for this work.



1982: Amref begins a five-year project focused on ensuring access to essential health services in rural communities, in partnership with the regional government and USAID.


1988: As conflict flares up in parts of southern Sudan, Amref provides health care services, clean water and food to families displaced by the fighting.



1998: A two-year training program for clinical health officers is launched in Maridi, southern Sudan.


2008: Amref opens a new health-care worker training school, called Juba National Health Training Institute, which Amref runs on behalf of the government.



2013: With financial support from the Government of Canada, Amref begins managing Yambio State Hospital, and builds a maternity ward, kitchen, toilets and drug store.


2021: Amref celebrates a milestone of 1,000 teenage girls educated in sciences through the Maridi Girls Boarding Secondary School for Science.


2022: Amref marks 50 years of partnering with communities and governments in South Sudan to create lasting health change.