About Us

Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) is a volunteer medical humanitarian organisation providing medical training and services, hospital equipment and infrastructure redevelopments for vulnerable communities in East Africa, to enable greater access to treatment and long term sustainable development.


Our Vision: Improving the health and lives of people in Africa.

Our Mission: To develop healthier environments and to build capacity through the provision of voluntary medical assistance; training and teaching doctors, nurses and allied health workers; and improving infrastructure and providing medical equipment.

ADFA is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Perth, Western Australia that respects, protects and promotes human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class, or socio-economic status.  It has no political or religious affiliations. It is a signatory of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and is committed to adherence to its Code of Conduct, and the only Western Australian charity to be accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Currently it operates in four main locations:

  • Ethiopia
  • Somaliland
  • Madagascar
  • Comoros

Australian Doctors for Africa engages Australian and African volunteer medical professionals to provide medical, surgical and nursing skill training services in Ethiopia, Somaliland, Madagascar and Comoros. Since the organisation’s establishment in 2005, ADFA has trained hundreds of medical specialists and students, conducted thousands of surgical procedures and consultations, and has dispatched millions of dollars’ worth of medical supplies and equipment throughout East Africa. The organisation has completed the construction and renovation of operating theatres and many small capital works projects that increase the range and access to services and improve sanitary conditions in local hospitals.

ADFA is reliant on the generous donations of our corporate sponsors, donors and partners.

ADFA is run almost entirely by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer doctors, health care professionals, nurses, administrators and support staff.