AMS Community Health Clinic & Birth Center

In December of 2008, the Africa Mission Services (AMS) Community Health Clinic opened its doors on a full-time basis. Located in Engos, Kenya, the clinic serves a population of approximately 7,500, primarily of the Maasai tribe. Originally the clinic started as a general outpatient dispensary but over the years has evolved to be the primary medical and women’s health center for the community. Given the growing demand, in January of 2018, a renovated ward was turned into a birth center. What started out as 5 babies born in the first several months of the clinic opening, has now grown into a bustling maternity with an average of 50-60 child births a month. 

The health center is primarily staffed by local Kenyans, with several from the local Maasai tribe. Francis Aho, the director of the clinic, is a certified nurse midwife with a passion for women’s health. The staff are dedicated to providing this community with a place where they can come for skilled care – from primary to preventative medical care, to pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, newborn care, to education and access to modern family planning methods. 

The health center works closely with the Kenya Ministry of Health providing women with easy access to government funded programs – such as well child immunizations, various campaigns, and HIV voluntary counseling and testing. In August of 2018, the clinic was accredited to accept the National Health Insurance Fund and provide Linda Mama services, a public funded health care program that covers uninsured patients for maternity services. Thus, patients are able to access the AMS Birth Center services free of charge. In addition to basic services, the AMS Birth Center offers ultrasound scans and ambulance transfers in the case of an emergency.

In Kenya, the maternal and neonatal mortality rates remain staggeringly high. Through offering evidenced-based care, the AMS Birth Center seeks to decrease these rates, giving families hope.  It is the goal of the AMS Community Health Clinic and Birth Center to offer families a healthcare center where they can receive expert care, be treated with respect, and their cultural practices valued. It is only through our dedicated supporters around the world that we are able to offer these services. To you – we say thank you from the Africa Mission Services team, our clinic staff, and our community. Together, we make a difference. 

So far in 2023, the AMS Birth Center has assisted 31 women in child birth. ❤️

In 2022 - the AMS Birth Center assisted 510 women in child birth.

Thank you for making it possible for us to continue helping mothers, newborns, and families in this community!

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Since the holiday break, work started back on the AMS Women’s Health Center. The crew is busy working on the upper & lower porch and preparing to start trusses for the middle section end of this month!

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Merry Christmas from the AMS Health Center team!

Thank you to all who have supported the work we do this past year! We wish you all a blessed Christmas and New Year’s!! 🎄❤️

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This holiday season, please consider helping us reach our fundraising goal to complete the AMS Women’s Health Center!!!

To donate, please see link in bio.

Thank you to all who have supported this cause - we are so close!!!

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Construction update 🚧 on the AMS Women’s Health Center!!! Tin roofing sheet have gone up on the inpatient wing and are starting to be placed on the outpatient wing… the second floor brick and block walls have been completed - hoping to start the bond beam for the upper floor this week!

Thank you all who have donated to make this project a reality!!!

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So far this month the AMS Birth Center has assisted 48 women in childbirth. ❤️

Thank you for being a part of this work!

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So far this month the AMS Birth Center has welcomed 39 newborns into this world! ❤️ Thank you all for making it possible for us to serve this community!

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AMS Women’s Health Center construction progress… this week the bond beam is being poured and preparations are taking place to pour the second floor!!!

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Day 6 Safari Kwa Mama is a wrap… 25.66 kilometers to the finish line - the AMS Women’s Health Center.

33,565 USD was raised in support of the new women’s health center construction project! Thank you to all who donated and those who walked the 129.5 kilometers in support of the Maasai women’s. Thank you for journeying with me for mother’s…

Special thank you to @bobongcamels for making this trip happen and magical. And to the Bobong crew - you guys had amazing spirit, worked so hard to keep us comfortable and safe! You made the trip!
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Day 5 - Safari Kwa Mama… today we crossed the Mara River successfully! The water was waist deep, but thankfully all made it safely across! 22 kilometers later we made it to Oloisukut Conservancy for the night. One more day to go until we reach the AMS Women’s Health Center! Thank you to all who donated to the building project! We have raised over 33,000 USD thanks to you!

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Safari Kwa Mama (Journey for Mothers) Day 4 - 18 kilometers, visiting the rhino sanctuary, and entering the Lemek plains… ending the day with a refreshing bath in the Mara River. We have been blessed with perfect weather.

Thank you all who donated to this charity walk for the women’s health center construction project! It’s been amazing and humbling to see how far from healthcare some of these families are. Through your support - we are blessed to offer our local community with a safe place to give birth and seek treatment. Thank you!

To learn more or donate please visit:

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Day 3 - Safari Kwa Mama the team walked just over 24 kilometers before setting up camp in a beautiful forest. Today walked the tops of the Paradmant hills, down into the valley - seeing stunning views!

Blessed to be walking along side such a supportive group! Over 33,000 USD has been raised for the women’s health center by this group! Thank you to all who supported this cause!!! ❤️

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Day 2 of Safari Kwa Mama - a charity walk for the AMS Women’s Health Center… today we walked 18.5 km and are camping on the Pardamat Hills. We passed several remote Maasai homes and women… when asked where the mothers go for childbirth - they said it’s too far… they deliver at home.

Through the support of many we are blessed to be able to offer our local community with a safe place to give childbirth - a place that not only gives skilled care but respects the locals traditions and values. Thank you for supporting the building project!

To learn more or donate please visit:

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