AMREF Health Africa

AMREF Health Africa has been the College's community Charity for nearly 40 years.

Then in 1992 The Wolfson/AMREF Group was formed to coordinate fundraising. Two years later the 'Wolfson/AMREF Bursary' was established. This now makes available £3,000 each year for the assistance of students taking AMREF's healthcare and medical training courses in Nairobi.

Bursary recipients regularly write to Wolfson, thanking everyone for this support.

The Wolfson AMREF Group is informal and friendly, and does not require a great commitment. If you are interested, then please come along to one of their meetings. Meetings are held at 1.30pm on Tuesday of Week 1 each term. Or contact Dr Mark Pottle at Wolfson College, Oxford, or Jan Scriven for more info.

AMREF Sunday Coffee Shop

The AMREF Sunday Coffee Shop runs every Sunday in term between 13:00 and 15:00 in the UCR. Coffee/tea and amazing cakes (including gluten free ones) baked by College members are available – with all money raised going Amref Health Africa to help improve healthcare facilities.

Other money raised in College is directed towards specific projects:

  • £1000 towards AMREF's work on the research and treatment of malaria
  • £2000 bought a chest freezer, overhead projector and slide projector for a laboratory in Kenya
  • £1400 purchased a laboratory computer for Dr Jane Carter, who visited Wolfson to talk about her work in a remote Kenyan hospital
  • £1500 towards a portable computer and software for the same laboratory
  • £1500 for a World Health Organisation 'Blue Trunk Library' for a health centre in rural Entasopia
  • £2000 towards the expansion and development of the Mahler Library in Kenya
  • £3000 to help provide clean water supplies for the people of Homa Bay in Western Kenya
  • £2000 to provide basic health care and medical services in the Gedo region of Somalia
  • £2800 towards a new health resource centre in Uganda
  • £2200 to support distance e-learning training for nurses
  • £4700 to support the Kabale Youth Project in the south west of Uganda, near the Rwandan border
  • £4000 to support the Trachoma Project in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya
  • £2000 to purchase ICT equipment for offices in Ethiopia
  • £1500 to support community structures in Katine, Uganda, for sustainable community-led development
  • £3000 to support clinical outreach for Fistula repair in Kenya and Uganda
  • £3200 for the training of two African midwives by 2015
  • £1600 for the training of one African midwife
  • £1000 for the purchase of 50 bicycles for midwives
  • £2750 for a Medical Laboratory Practices and Management Course
  • £2000 for a Malaria Mocroscopics Course
  • £8,000 towards Amref’s Afya kwa Vijana project in Meatu, Tanzania.  This project improves young people’s access to quality sexual and reproductive health services.

Please help ensure the continuance of this valuable link by supporting our annual battels appeal (see below). Your gift will help improve healthcare in Africa, and demonstrate Wolfson's continuing concern for others.

Preventing and treating trachoma in rural KenyaDownload
Report on the Wolfson BursaryDownload
Stand up for African Mothers leafletDownload
Amref Appeal Letter 2017Download

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Our upcoming events

24 - 24
Apr Apr
Tri-Innovate Pitch Event
Tuesday 24 April -
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Tri-Innovate 2018 finalists will pitch their ideas at The Foundry for £8,000 first prize and title of Innovation of the Year. Come support Wolfson finalists as they compete against finalists from Hertford, Jesus, New, and Pembroke Colleges.

Courses and Workshops
28 - 28
Apr Apr
Indo-Iranian Philology Study Day
Saturday 28 April -
9:00am to 5:00pm

A study day in Indo-Iranian philology, with opportunities to take lessons in subjects such as Avestan, Vedic Sanskrit, reading Old Persian cuneiform, and Indo-Iranian and Indo-European comparative philology. There will be taster sessions for beginners and brush-up sessions for those who once studied the subject. For further information or to book a place, please email Philomen Probert (

Concert and Plays
01 - 01
May May
Inauguration of Tim Hitchens
Tuesday 1 May -
8:00am to 11:00am

All members and friends of Wolfson College are invited to a May morning welcome event for Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as the new President of Wolfson.


8.00–8.40 am Musical entertainment by members of the College 
All are welcome to drop in

8.40–9.00 am Break
Morning pastries will be available

9.00–9.30 am Formal inauguration of the new President
Please take your places by 9 am