The next five years will be characterised by the consolidation of, improvement in the delivery of, and expansion of, our existing projects and programs.
Although emphasis will remain on our current locations and settings and the treatment of children and the poor, ADFA will investigate requests from other locations in which to offer its services. ADFA will continue to generate financial support to ensure that its services and operations are maintained.
1. Consolidation of Orthopaedic Teams
Orthopaedic surgery and treatment, including the screening and treatment of talipes, will remain the cornerstone of ADFA’s projects. Orthopaedic medical teams will continue to screen a high number of patients and provide treatment as necessary including surgical procedures and plaster applications.
2. Introduction of Other Medical Specialists
ADFA will build on the composition of previous medical teams, which have included orthopaedic surgeons, gastroenterologists, urologists, orthopaedic and plaster technicians, physiotherapists, emergency GPs, anaesthetists, nurses and a residential doctor with expertise in tropical medicine.
3. Enhancing the Medical Equipment and Supplies Program
ADFA will continue to dispatch medical equipment, medical supplies and medication to Ethiopia, Somaliland and Madagascar as requested and to support its clinical programs.
4. Provision of New Medical Buildings and Facilities
ADFA will identify and complete new building programs as requested and in support of its clinical programs.
5. Building Capacity and Sustainability through Teaching Collaboration
In all countries there will be an expansion of accredited and recognised training programs on a needs basis to build capacity and sustainability.
6. Research and Evaluation
As ADFA continues to expand and consolidate its activities, it is important that it maintains a comprehensive evaluation database, with information that allows informed decision-making for the benefit of the communities with which it works. Comprehensive evaluation reports from medical teams will assist in the future planning of needs and requirements through strong links to policy and improved practice.
7. Increasing Administrative Capacity
Since 2005 the nature of ADFA has changed considerably. Having established a reputation for high class outputs, outcomes and impacts, the organisation needs to address its operational capacity.
The expansion of the medical teams and the number of specialists being requested by Ethiopia, Somaliland and Madagascar, has necessitated a review of the roles and responsibilities of a medical team, the fund raising activities required to support them and the administrative capacity of the organisation.