Since first entering Madagascar in 2006, ADFA has engaged hundreds of medical professionals with extraordinary passion and commitment to give their time and expertise to treat Madagascar’s sick, disabled and most vulnerable residents.

In Madagascar strong successful programmes have been built in surgery, treatment and teaching in orthopaedics, gastroenterology, obstetrics, gynaecology, urology and paediatrics in particular talipes (club foot).

Infrastructure programmes have included the renovation of the laundry facility, a toilet block and improved sanitation and hygiene.

The locations we have been associated with are the Generale Hospital in Tulear, Akany Fantananena Clinic in Tulear, Clinic St Luc in Tulear, and the Military and University Hospitals in Antananarivo

The screening and treatment of talipes has progressed immensely. The Pied-Bot clinic is now well established in Tulear and there are plans to expand it to several other health centres over the next twelve months. With ongoing education and support technical staff are now in a position to educate staff in other health centres.

Other visits to Tulear for Paediatrics have focussed on improving newborn care through clean birth practices and effective resuscitation practices at birth.

A scoping study was undertaken of the hospital in Antsirabe in November 2014 and since then Australian Doctors for Africa has utilised the volunteer services of two engineers to commence the implementation of renovating, enlarging and equipping the hospital operating theatres.

Graham Forward signing an MOU with the Minister of Health for renovations to operating theatres at Antsirabe hospital.

Meeting with local administration and Ministry of Health and surgeons and medical staff.

Wheelchair donations to Nuns in Madagascar.

Gastroenterology team training local medical trainees and staff.

Dr Graham Forward with Julie Bishop MP and Natasha Stott Despoja AM planning a program for women.

Orthopaedic skill transfer to support the Talipes clinic and to train local surgeons to provide tenotomy surgery to children with severe club foot.

Important gastroenterology equipment delivered to regional hospitals to improve access to treatment and provide training to local health care workers.


Paediatric training to local midwives and health care workers to teach how to help new born babies breathe.

Training local surgeons to use donated gastroenterology scopes.

Training at the talipes clinic who passed their clubfoot plastering training.


Post-operative baby.


Final stages of plastering in night time boots and bars.

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Local clinic staff plastering in the ponsetti method.