Originally founded as the Flying Doctors of East Africa in 1957 by three doctors – Dr. Thomas Rees, Sir Michael Wood and Sir Archibald McIndoe, Amref Health Africa has grown to become the largest African-based nonprofit organization that delivers health services to over 30 countries on the continent. Although they are based in New York,  Amref is focused on training health workers and strengthening community health systems in Africa.

On June 8, Amref will launch its first ever ArtBall benefit event to celebrate contemporary African art. Two weeks ahead of the art ball in New York, AMREF and Paddle 8 launched an online contemporary art auction to raise funds for the organization. Members of the public are invited to bid online for a limited time on unique African contemporary artworks from across the continent. Online bidding ends on June 8 at 12:00pm EST, the same day of the inaugural art ball where a live auction takes place . The proceeds from Amref’s ArtBall will be used to support grassroots health initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa.


The artists who have donated artworks towards the cause include: George Lilanga, Esther Mahlangu, Paa Joe, Ibou Ndoye, Michael Soi, Anne Ntinyari Mwiti, Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Soly Cisse, Mederic Turay, Burns Effiom, Doba Afolabi, Tahir Carl Karmali, Wanja Kimani, Imo Nse Imeh, Ify Chiejina, Wiz Kudowor, Nowinde Vivien Sawadogo, TAFA, Armand Boua, Eto Otitigbe, Claude Gomis, Saidou Dicko, ,Tessa Teixeira, Erikan Ekefrey, Ibrahim Ahmed, Tabitha WA Thuku, Kgalalelo Gaitate, Richard Ketley, Alioum Moussa, Chriss Aghana Nwobu, and Sapin Makengele.

In addition to the live auction, Amref has announced it will be honoring Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu with a Rees Humanitarian Award. The event will also enjoy the presence of the host committee Carol Jenkins, Liya Kebede, Jack Shainman, and Amref’s patrons Dr. El Anatsui and Dr. Massimiliano del Ninno. The event’s auction is curated by Atim Annette Oton.

For tickets and more information about the art ball, visit http://www.amrefusa.org/how-you-can-help/artball-/ and  https://donate.amrefusa.org/new-york/events/amref-health-africa-artball-2016/e75022


Amref Health Africa is an international African organization founded and headquartered in Kenya. Amref Health Africa works with the most vulnerable African communities through its country programs in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and its Southern Africa and West Africa regional hubs based in South Africa and Senegal respectively. With over half a century of experience in delivering health care and building health systems in Africa, Amref Health Africa supports those at the heart of the communities, particularly women and children, to bring about lasting health change.   

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ERIKAN EKEFREY, Aaro Meta, 2016, Acrylic on canvas | 48 x 48 in (121.92 x 121.92 cm) | Courtesy of artist (This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity) | Estimated price $3,000

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DOBA AFOLABI, Ladies Night, 2015 | Mixed media on canvas | Work: 32 x 42 in (81.28 x 106.68 cm) | Frame: 36 x 45 in (91.44 x 114.3 cm) |Courtesy of artist | Signed | Estimate $7,500

Final Paa Joe

PAA JOE, Avoiding Ebola: Monument to Healthcare Workers, 2016 | Wood and paint | 38 x 50 x 50 cm (14.96 x 19.69 x 19.69 in) Unique Courtesy of artist | Signed on base | Estimated price $5,000


TAHIR CARL KARMALI, Untitled JUA KALI (from the Jua series), 2014 | Archival digital print 37 x 26.5 in (93.98 x 67.31 cm) | 1 of 7 Courtesy of artist | Estimated price – $2,500

To bid on the online auction and learn about the contributing artists, visit: https://paddle8.com/auction/amref/