Us Doctors For Africa Teams Up With The William J. Clinton Foundation
US Doctors For Africa, in conjunction with the William J. Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative, is launching a pilot program to support the implementation of Tanzania's National Care and Treatment Plan 2003-2008. The plan aims to provide care for 1.2 million patients over five years, of whom some 400,000 people are expected to receive antiretroviral medication (ARVs) (1). In addition, the program will provide treatment and monitoring for HIV-positive persons not clinically eligible for highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART). Tanzania's population of approximately 37 million is expected to grow by over 1.8 percent annually through 2015.
Poverty is a major challenge: over half the population earns less than $2 a day (2). The adult HIV prevalence rate is 8.8 percent and an estimated 1.6 million people in Tanzania are HIV-positive (3). Health services are currently unavailable to the majority of those in need. With only four physicians per 100,000 people, most of whom are concentrated in urban areas, a lack of medical professionals is a major obstacle to meeting the health care needs of the population.The goals of the pilot program are (4): • To provide quality, continuing care and treatment to as many HIV-positive residents of Tanzania as possible, building on the work done by the Ministry of Health and the Tanzanian Commission for AIDS. • To strengthen the country's healthcare infrastructure by enlarging the number of medical personnel, expanding health facilities, purchasing additional equipment and providing comprehensive training to the local medical community in the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).• To foster information, education and communication efforts designed to increase public understanding and awareness of care and treatment alternatives for HIV/AIDS, reduce the stigma associated with the disease and support ongoing prevention efforts.• To strengthen social support for care and treatment of PLWHA in Tanzania, whether in a home setting or at a community-based care and treatment facility.The Tanzanian Government is implementing the plan with assistance from the ClintonFoundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, US Doctors For Africa and other partners.
US Doctors For Africa volunteer medical professionals will provide patient care and education, hire, train and manage staff, develop sustainable, site-sensitive practices, assess needs and survey patients' use of facilities and services. The first US Doctors For Africa / Clinton Foundation mission to Tanzania is scheduled for early March. "I am pleased with the strategic partnership
we've made with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation," said Ted Alemayhu, Founder and CEO of US Doctors For Africa. "Both organizations work toward one common goal — to help Africa meet the overwhelming need for medical manpower, resources, and expertise necessary to mitigate the current health crisis caused by the AIDS epidemic."About US Doctors For AfricaUS Doctors For Africa is committed to fighting HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases affecting Africa. We deliver multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals and advanced medical technology to those regions most affected by disease.
US Doctors For Africa provides care, counseling, education and planning assistance of the highest possible quality in conformity with the most advanced understandings and practices of medical science. We seek to enable the African communities with which we engage to effectively and sustainably meet their local, regional and national medical needs. We help those in need without regard to race, religion, social orientation or ability to pay.We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that access to healthcare should not be a matter of historical chance or geographical circumstance. Our mission comprises primary care, strategic planning, education and training. We seek first to aid the peoples of Africa and then to empower them to respond to the health crisis they face.
Because the quality of care depends on understanding the cultures and contexts
in which it is provided, we design and implement each response in concert with
local needs and expertise, alert to regional circumstances and aware of ethnic,
religious, cultural and/or national sensitivities. US Doctors For Africa relies
on the energy, talent, compassion and commitment of its volunteers and partners.
We see a future for Africa in which it produces and invests the economic wealth,
intellectual capital and human resources required to provide medical care to
all its peoples. Responsible international citizenship incurs obligation and
demands action. US Doctors For Africa acts to meet those obligations, recognizing
that the hope it delivers to the African people is its own.