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Established in 2005, Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) is a not-for-profit community based organisation with its headquarters located in Perth, Western Australia, with no political or religious affiliations.

ADFA plays a critical role in providing medical assistance and training in Madagascar, Ethiopia, Somaliland and Comoros through its humanitarian and volunteer medical operations.

ADFA is the only Western Australian based NGO with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) accreditation.

Vision

Improving the health and lives of people in Africa.

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.

Our Approach

The organisation is guided by a 5-year Strategic Plan adopted by the Board of Management in November 2017.
The cornerstone of ADFA commitment will always be volunteer medical specialists providing medical assistance and support to poor communities in Africa.

In our target regions we have established strong collaborations and stakeholder networks with Ministers, Government Departments, medical facilities, other humanitarian aid organisations and the larger community.

What We Do

Medical Service Provision: Our teams of volunteer medical specialists provide treatment and surgery to those most in need in the areas of orthopaedics, clubfoot, gastroenterology, urology and gynaecology/obstetrics.

Skills Transfer and Training: Each medical trip incorporates training components where volunteer specialists provide teaching and mentoring to local medical personnel. This may be through observation of a procedure, formal training sessions or structured teaching programs such as the Nurses Training Program or Basic Orthopaedic Management Course in Trauma. ADFA also provides a scholarship program to assist Somaliland Doctors to access specialist training in Ethiopia.

Hospital Infrastructure Development: The ’13 Hospitals Project’ identifies public hospitals suitable for renovation. These projects also include the provision of donated and purchased medical equipment and supplies.

Advanced Development: Well-established Clubfoot Programs in Madagascar and Somaliland have significantly progressed the early screening and treatment of clubfoot. With the training of in-country technicians and establishment of clubfoot clinics the debilitating condition can now be detected at a very early age and successfully treated with minimal impact to the family or patient. ADFA has participated in strategic planning and collaboration to progress the provision of orthopaedics, gastroenterology and clubfoot.  Our reputation as a leader in healthcare provision to the poorest people of East Africa has also led us to have strong relationships with government agencies and in-country partners, such as hospitals and NGOs.