Under special circumstances, AMREF Flying Doctors provides a charity evacuation service, whereby AMREF Flying Doctors will evacuate a patient in a serious medical condition free of charge. A total of 21 charity evacuations were carried out in 2011, an increase from 16 in 2010. As described in the following accounts, the process is one that requires a rapid response and the provision of the high-level medical care that has become the cornerstone of AMREF Flying Doctors’ assistance services. Charity evacuations are supported by donations from various sources: internationally by the staff of IBM Sweden and AMREF Italia and locally by companies such as J.W. Seagon, a Nairobi- based insurance company who donated more than US$6,500 to the programme in 2011.
AMREF Flying Doctors operates a fleet of 14 air ambulances, 12 of which are leased from Phoenix Aviation, and 3 ground ambulances, all fitted out with state-of-the-art medical equipment.