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US Doctors for Africa successfully concluded the 2nd-African First Ladies Health Summit in the USA
Government representatives and leaders associated with international nonprofit organizations, business and medical research convened in Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2nd-3rd, 2013 at the second African First Ladies Health Summit to expand on their efforts to improve the life prospects of women and children on the continent.
The visiting delegations at the conference, held at InterContinental Hotel in Century City, included first ladies, second ladies and government representatives from many countries – Ghana, Gabon, Nigeria, Congo, Guinea, Congo-Brazzaville, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola among them. International agencies such as the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the African Union Commission to the United States took part.
The 2013 summit, and the inaugural event in 2009, were coordinated by the U.S. Doctors for Africa, founded by Ted Alemayhu, a humanitarian organization that helps expand access to medical care for diseases and other health conditions on the African continent.
Alemayhu opened the conference. Among the other conference speakers were Congresswomen Karen Bass and Maxine Waters, Dr. Keith Black, chair and professor of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Department of Neurosurgery, Annette Richardson, senior advisor at the UN Office for Partnerships and Dr. Ndola Prata, medical director of VSI Venture Strategies Innovations, a California-based nonprofit that provides health services to women in developing countries.
The conferees discussed health care infrastructure and technology, trends in health services and communications and — because economic development promotes health — business and investment opportunities. Rep. Bass discussed economic development when she told the summit about her work to extend legislation that promotes trade between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries.
"As an African-American I believe it is my responsibility to fight on behalf of the African continent," Bass said. "Yes, we need to continue the humanitarian aid, but there is a new, commercial dynamic happening. That's why I am focusing on the re-authorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA is one issue where Democrats and Republicans come together. We have formed a bipartisan group and I want us to re-authorize it now, not wait until 2015."
The African First Ladies and U.S. Doctors for Africa are partners in the United Nations' "Every Woman Every Child" campaign, designed to save the lives of 16 million women and children at risk for health reasons in developing countries. They campaign, spearheaded by the UN secretary-general also aims to improve the health of millions more.
The stakes, said Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, the First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique, are major in Africa.
"Of all the maternal deaths in the world," she told the summit, "over 90 percent occur in developing countries and over half of those occur on the African continent, where about 20 percent of children don't live to their fifth birthday. It's a tragedy that millions of children are orphaned and cannot enjoy the love of a mother."
The UN's Richardson said that her office sought to leverage the business partnerships, management and leadership skills with innovative delivery systems to achieve the "Every Woman" mandate.
"Our office is an advocate for cross sector participation with the goal to make achievable progress for the [UN] secretary general's initiative," she said. "There's a big push evident in many countries to create solutions to the most pressing challenges; preventing the transmission of AIDS and ensuring clean water and energy."-------------
US Doctors for Africa appoints the King of Swaziland as Honorary Chairman
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) is please to announce the appointment of His Majesty, King Mswati III as its Honorary Chairman. The appointment was made during USDFA's Founder and Chairman, Ted Alemayhu's brief mission to Swaziland on Sep. 2nd-6th, 2012.
His Majesty, King Mswati III was pleased to receive the Certificate of Appointment stated that he will continue to work hard in providing quality healthcare to his people, particularly to women and children of his nation.
King Mswati III will hold the Honorary Chairmanship for 2-years term.-------------
USDFA's Special Tribute to the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi ruled the nation of Ethiopia for over two-decades. Prior to his passing just a few days ago, (Aug. 20nd, 2012), Mr. Meles was noted as one of the most credited and respected leaders on the Continent of Africa who has been on the fore-front in making "Access to Health-Care" as a TOP priority for his nation.
As a direct result of his effective leadership, Ethiopia's effort in reducing maternal mortality rate has been exceptional! Additionally, the country has trained over 30,000 Extension Healthcare Workers as well as investing in thousands of "Health Posts" and Clinics across rural-Ethiopia providing life saving services to women and children of the nation.
For that exceptional effort and encouraging progress, US Doctors for Africa is proud to present to the Government of Ethiopia with the Prestigious US Doctors for Africa Global Health Leadership Award Certificate in Honor of the Late Prime Minister.-------------
USDFA to host the "2nd" African First Ladies Health Summit.
US Doctors for Africa in a strategic partnership with African-Synergy, a membership of 35 African First Ladies is preparing to host the "2nd" African First Ladies Health Summit and...Business Round Table. April 2013 is the selected month for the summit.
The first-ever, African First Ladies Health Summit was held in 2009 here in Los Angeles, California where 26 African Nations were in Attendance, including 18 First Ladies of the continent (http://www.usdfa.org/index.cfm?views=photogallery)
The "2nd" and highly anticipated summit is expected to bring over 35 African First Ladies and their country's Health & Finance Ministers. All interested parties and stake holders on the continent of Africa are encouraged to contact us for further details and possible partnership opportunity. Please send your inquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org-------------
USDFA has shipped a 40' container of medical supplies and equipment to Ethiopia:
On June 16th, 2012, USDFA shipped a 40' container of supplies to Ethiopia. The estimated $400,000 worth of supplies will arrive in Ethiopia on July 27th, 2012. USDFA's new partner and local hospital, Sr. Aklesia Memorial Hospital which is located in the city of Debre-Zeyit is the recipient of the donated goods. USDFA plans to send more medical supplies and equipment to Ethiopia and other African nations in the coming months and years.-------------
East Africa Famine and how you could help!
The UN's World Food Program has started airlifting supplies of emergency food into the Somali capital Mogadishu, as relief and fundraising efforts continued for millions of people affected by the looming hunger crisis in drought-hit areas of East Africa.
At an emergency meeting held at the Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters in Rome on Monday, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran warned the international community the problem could become a wider catastrophe unless immediate action is taken. "The drought has swept the Horn of Africa where more than 11 million people are in need of food assistance," she said. "We are particularly worried about Somalia right now and it is vital that we reach those at the epicentre of the famine with food assistance."
The United Nations says the developing crisis is the largest famine in 60 years. Nearly 12 million people are thought to be at risk of food insecurity in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea and Djibouti. Ethiopians constitute 4.56 million of the current total food insecure populations in the region. According to UNICEF, 2.23 million children in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya are estimated to be acutely malnourished. And nearly 720,000 children are at risk of death without urgent assistance.
You can help save lives! Please contact the UN World Food Program with your support! (www.wfp.org)-------------
USDFA Sends $300000 Worth of Med-Equipment to Ethiopia
Sunday, August 22, 2010
US Doctors for Africa, a California based NGO, announced that it has shipped nearly $300,000 worth of medical equipment to Ethiopia.
The cargo, which also contains medical supplies, is intended to furnish a new hospital under construction in the Oromo region of Ethiopia.
According to USDFA’s Founder and CEO Ted Alemayhu, the material is being delivered through the local health authorities. “Members of the Oromo regional government officials have expressed their advance gratitude to USDFA for the vital support in providing the supplies to the hospital,” Mr. Alemayhu told Tadias. “The facility currently being built would provide some vital healthcare services to over 350,000 people.”
Mr. Alemayhu said USDFA mobilizes American healthcare professionals to engage in service in Africa, and also plans to send volunteers to the area on a regular basis. “Besides sending the medical equipments and supplies, we plan to send medical personnel to the region for short term missions year round,” he said.
USDFA to launch domestic health care initiative:Press release:
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) plans to launch Domestic Community Health Centers across inter-cities of the United States.
Inspired by the current health reform discussion and the need for community based health-care centers designed to provide preventive care and treatment to those with no medical insurance, USDFA is planning to launch a series of Community Health Centers across the country; …the first of which to be built in the South Central part of Los Angeles, California in early 2010.
USDFA is currently in discussion with some of its key strategic partners that would contribute a great deal of resources to materialize the proposed initiative. The community health center would provide basic health care services which would include primary care, prevention programs, HIV testing and counseling, flue shots, as well as basic care services to seniors.
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USDFA Honored President of Tanzania
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) honored The President of The Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya M. Kikwete on May 20th, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Kikwete is known by most as one of most respected and forward thinking leaders in Africa. As President of The Republic of Tanzania and as a former head of the African Union, Mr. Kikwete played a leading role in improving access to health care in Tanzania as well as through out the African Continent.
USDFA in partnership with The Los Angeles World Affairs Council honored President Kikwete on the evening of May 20th for his tireless effort in fighting poverty and for his creative approach in providing access to health care to the people of Tanzania.
USDFA named First Lady of Cameroon as its Honorary President
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) named Madam Chantal BIYA, First Lady of The Republic of Cameroon as its first Honorary President of the organization. The announcement was made by the Founder and Executive Chairman of USDFA, Mr. Ted Alemayhu, following a successful and first-ever African First Ladies health-summit held on April 20th-21st, 2009. The announcement was made during an evening gala event held in Beverly Hills, California honoring the 15 First Ladies of Africa who attended the health-summit.
First Lady BIYA is the founding president of African Synergy, a membership of 26 African First Ladies, a non-governmental organisation comprising First Ladies from Africa and other continents who accept to adhere to its statute, natural or legal persons of goodwill and scientists who contribute to the achievement of the goals and objectives of AFRICAN SYNERGY, including former First Ladies of Africa and from other continents, on their request.
Madam BIYA is also the current Goodwill Ambassador for UNISCO, a position Her Excellency carry out most effectively.-------------
African First Ladies Tackle Health, Women's Issues at Los Angeles SummitStory By Mike O'Sullivan
21 April 2009
First ladies from Africa met in Los Angeles where they have been discussing women's health and education, AIDS and others challenges facing their continent. The meeting convened by the groups African Synergy and U.S. Doctors for Africa drew on Hollywood star power to promote its message.
The first ladies have spent two days meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations, companies that do business in Africa and development groups to discuss health care and issues affecting women.
There were celebrities on hand, including some with some knowledge of Africa. Danny Glover has been there many times in his role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations children's and development programs. Actress Sharon Stone recently went to Uganda to see the drilling of new wells. The wells provide clean water for drinking, sanitation and food preparation, something that is crucial to fight the spread of disease. She spoke at a news conference last week in advance of the meeting.
"The clean water exists right below the surface of the ground," said Sharon Stone. "And we have the opportunity to create it, to drill the well, to give the water, to make the irrigation system so that there is food. We have the opportunity to give the toilets instead of the pit latrine. We have the opportunity to stop the cholera and death and dying."
"Trying to put in wells of better clean water for them, trying to open up schools all over the country," said Joely Fisher. "And they love the school. They are so excited they sang about their pencils and their books. And to empower them as women so that the same thing doesn't happen to this generation."
The African First Ladies Health Summit was organized by the groups African Synergy and U.S. Doctors for Africa. U.S. Doctors for Africa founder Ted Alemayhu, an immigrant from Ethiopia, says he hopes the meeting will reengage Americans and others in African development and health issues.
Jean Stephane Biatcha of Cameroon is executive director of the organization African Synergy Against AIDS and Suffering, which was formed by 22 African first ladies. He says they hope to enlist help from Hollywood stars, corporate executives and development specialists in meeting the challenges of their countries.
One Hollywood actress, Amy Brenneman, admits she knows little about Africa but says she hopes to learn.
The newly appointed U.S. ambassador at large for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer, pledged the support of the Obama administration in combating HIV-AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases, and addressing issues such as maternal health care.
Ted Alemayhu of U.S. Doctors for Africa says he hopes to watch newscasts several years from now without hearing about millions of Africans dying from preventable diseases, as they do now.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been awarded the US Doctors for Africa Founder Award for Global Cause.
The award was received on behalf of Shaikh Mohammad by Omar Obaid Al Shamsi, Chargé d'affaires at the UAE embassy in Washington, in a ceremony that was attended by over 15 African First Ladies and Sarah Brown, wife of the Prime Minister of United Kingdom as well as CEOs of international corporations and Hollywood stars.
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA), a non-profit organisation, presented the special Award to Shaikh Mohammad in appreciation of his continued commitment in improving the lives of millions of people in Africa through education and access to health care.
Accepting the Award on behalf of Shaikh Mohammad, Al Shamsi delivered a special message from the Vice President, reaffirming his commitment to supporting the developing world, particularly the continent of Africa in regards to the challenges in access to health care and education.
Al Shamsi said the award is testimony to Shaikh Mohammad’s charitable contributions, which are a model to be emulated.
He highlighted Shaikh Mohammad’s charitable initiatives such as Dubai Cares, a humanitarian initiative that seeks to provide education to children in impoverished parts of the world, and Noor Dubai, which aims to provide treatment for eye disease and blindness for over one million people around the world.
Shaikh Mohammad’s initiatives stem from his belief that investing in the future of any society is an investment in the international community as a whole.
As of April 2008, Dubai Cares was Dubai's contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals to provide primary education to every child by 2015 and was the largest foundation in the world devoted to improving primary education in developing countries. The goal is to educate one million children in poor countries.-------------
USDFA to launch a new program in Senegal:
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) have entered into a strategic partnership with the African America Islamic Institute (AAII) that has been working in partnership with the government of Senegal, UNICEF, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1988 providing vital health services to the people of Senegal.
The partnership is based upon the shared belief that health care is a basic human right and that a healthy population is essential for the development of any nation. The very first manifestation of this significant partnership is USDFA providing its Mobile Clinic to AAII in order to provide medical services to rural communities. The Mobile Clinic, which will be administered and maintained by AAII's Shifa-al-Asqam Socio-Medical Center in Medina-Baye, is fully equipped and includes a small laboratory and access to a satellite communication system. Since its formation in 1988, AAII has advocated for accessible health care for rural communities. . USDFA's Mobile Clinic Project addresses the need for access to health care of millions of people living throughout sub-Sahara African small towns and villages. While the primary mission of USDFA's Mobile Clinic Project is to provide vaccination against preventable diseases, AAII's existing partnerships and collaborations with UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, the Senegalese Ministry of Health and AmeriCares allow Shifa al-Asqam Socio-Medical Center's rural outreach to expand the Mobile Clinic's focus to include maternal and child health, Malaria and chronic diseases.
For more information about the partnership, please click here: http://aaii.info/?page_id=7
African Synergy against AIDS and Suffering" (African First Ladies' NGO) forms a strategic partnership with "US Doctors for Africa" (USDFA)
The strategic partnership would allow enhancing advocacy, and bringing additional medical expertise, knowledge and resources in order to help advance the First Ladies efforts to create an effective and sustainable complementary approach in the fight against all types of scourges plaguing Africa's development, in particular HIV/AIDS and Poverty.
African Synergy against AIDS and Suffering (AFRICAN SYNERGY) is a non-profit, non governmental organization that is recognized under the laws of all 22 member countries, with the following strategic objectives:
US Doctors For Africa (USDFA) is a humanitarian organization committed to increasing access to medical care for diseases and conditions affecting the people of Africa. By mobilizing and distributing medical manpower, mobile clinics, supplies, and equipment to medical institutions throughout the continent of Africa. USDFA is dedicated to providing medical and preventative healthcare and capacity-building to regions of Africa without available medical services.
USDFA will mobilize volunteers and other resources from the United States and strategically distribute these resources in regions where they are most needed, in accordance with AFRICAN SYNERGY's recommendations.
USDFA and AFRICAN SYNERGY share the common belief that healthcare is a basic human right, and recognize that a healthy population is essential for growth, development, and prosperity in every society.
Because the quality of care depends on understanding the cultures and contexts in which it is provided, in compliance with their respective mandates, USDFA and AFRICAN SYNERGY will 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.
USDFA and AFRICAN SYNERGY has formed this strategic partnership in line with their common aim to create strong, strategic partnerships with NGOs, medical institutions, Governments, International Organizations and all individual or corporate bodies of good will operating in African countries in order to effectively and efficiently mobilize and deliver needed resources to areas in which they operate.
In April 2009, the first ever "African First Ladies Health Summit" will take place in Los Angeles, California, in order to draw additional awareness and support to the First Ladies social and humanitarian initiatives in Africa. The focus will be on the threat of HIV/AIDS on Children in Africa. This will be the first of many conferences scheduled on an annual base hosted by US Doctors For Africa.
USDFA donates Three Thousand (3000) eye glasses to a Uganda NGO partner
US Doctors For Africa (USDFA) provided 3000 eye glasses to its Uganda NGO partner. Outreach to Africa (OTA) is a non for profit organization with a core mission to empower young lives to become productive members of society through educational, health care, social and economic development projects. The donated eye glasses would be distributed to young patients under the care of OTA's medical staff as well as to the hundreds of orphans the organization is providing care for.
USDFA formed a strategic link with Outreach to Africa over five years ago in order to provide volunteer medical personnel, as well as medical equipments and supplies. In July 08', USDFA plans to send its volunteer Doctors and Nurses to OTA's medical center for a 2-3 month period.
USDFA and R&B Super-Star Usher Raymond joined efforts in Louisiana
US Doctors For Africa (USDFA) in partnership with Usher's New Look Foundation plans to launch Mobile Clinic to New Orleans in order to provide health care services to people affected by the impact of hurricane Katrina/Rita.
The mobile clinic approach uses committed and qualified personnel to provide preventive and palliative care directly to needy and underserved Gulf Coast communities. This dynamic and flexible approach will have a significant measurable impact on health in Louisiana and Mississippi. The mobile clinics will have appropriate equipment, supplies, including pharmaceuticals as well as appropriate diagnostic capabilities.
USDFA in discussion with UNICEF to create a strategic partnership in Africa
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) is in a direct discussion with UNICEF in order to form a strategic working partnership between the two organizations. The possible partnership would focus on USDFA's Mobile Clinic initiative which is scheduled for launch as a pilot program in Ethiopia. Members of the USDFA team are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa (Capital city of Ethiopia) toward the end of April for further discussion and to visit some of the on-going projects UNICEF is undertaking on the ground.
The Ministry of Health of Ethiopia is in full support of the proposed partnership between the two organizations. The partnership would provide additional strength and resources in terms of adding more medical manpower and expertise in order to effectively implement the government's health-initiative which includes providing training for over 30,000 health-workers through out the country.
UNICEF is a key partner of Ethiopia's Ministry of Health in providing important healthcare resources and life saving medical care to the people in need. The USDFA/UNICEF partnership would increase access to healthcare in many small towns and small villages in rural areas.
USDFA to hold press-conference in Washington DC
On Wednesday Feb. 27th, 2008 at 2:00PM, USDFA will hold an exclusive press conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, highlighting its Mobile Clinic prior to deployment to Africa. The press conference will be held in partnership with The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Members of Congress along with Sr. officials from the World Bank, State Dept., Health and Human Services (HHS), United Nations - Washington office, as well as numerous African Ambassadors and the public in general are expected to attend.
The mobile clinic initiative is part of the US Doctors For Africa 15 years committment to launch 200 clinics through out the African continent in order to bring basic health care to the under served areas in rural Africa.-------------
Yale University: USDFA founder to speak at Yale University during the 2008 Unite for sight health conference:
On April 12, 2008, USDFA founder and Chairman Ted Alemayhu will present US Doctors for Africa's mission during the 2008 Unite for sight health conference at Yale University. For more information please click here.-------------
USDFA founder Ted Alemayhu - a keynote speaker at The Third Annual Health Disparities Conference at Columbia University.
USDFA founder and Chairman, Ted Alemayhu will be featured as a keynote speaker during the Third Aannual Health Disparities Conference at Columbia University on March 8th, 2008. For more information please click here-------------
USDFA held its annual gala event in New York city.
New York - U.S. Doctors for Africa (USDFA), founded by Ethiopian-American social entrepreneur Ted Alemayuhu, presented its 1st Annual New York Gala Benefit last night, October 17th, at Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall Street), honoring extraordinary philanthropists, including Russell Simmons (Chairman/CEO, Rush Communications).
The evening included a performance by Alex Band of The Callingand teen band Creation, messages from screenwriter John August and USDFA founder Ted Alemayhu; as well as a video presentation by from comedian/actor/producer Bill Maher (HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher). The evening also featured a live auction and four-course gourmet dinner.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit USDFA’s proposed $70 million Mobile Clinic Initiative.
“This event is one of many”, says Ted Ted Alemayhu, Founder & CEO of USDFA. “Including a recent benefit in Los Angeles honoring actor Chris Tucker—helping us bring 200 mobile clinics to African citizens in rural areas where medical services are currently unavailable.”
Celebrities and VIPs that attended included honorees Russell Simmons, Warren Rosen (Founder/Chairman, Rosen Companies and Harmony Insurance Brokerage), Eric Pulier (Executive Chairman/CEO, SOA Software) and Paul Hunter (Founder/CEO, Hunter Manufacturing LTD), as well as screenwriter John August (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”), USDFA founder/CEO Ted Alemayhu and performer Alex Band (of The Calling).
USDFA has been nominated to receive the 2007 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award to be presented on October 11th, 2007 in San Diego, California.
Ted Alemayhu, founder and CEO of U.S. Doctors for Africa will speak at YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION (YPO)
Dr. Carol Jacobs, Chairman of The Global Fund Joins USDFA Board.
Dr. Carol Jacobs, the current Chairman of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the National HIV/AIDS Commission; Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on HIV/AIDS, Barbados; has joined US Doctors for Africa as an Honorary Board member.
Ted Alemayhu, founder and CEO of U.S. Doctors for Africa will speak at the University of San Diego
Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m., IPJ Theatre - IPJ Speaker Series presents “Tackling Africa’s Health Care Crisis: Toward Solutions in Post-Conflict Settings.” Ted Alemayhu, founder and CEO of U.S. Doctors for Africa, will speak.
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) have been approved by the President of the United States Council for “The President’s Volunteer Service Award” as an Official Certifying Organization.
In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities, and Nation through service. He called on each person to dedicate at least 4,000 hours – or two years – to service over the course of their lives. He created the USA Freedom Corps to help all Americans answer his call to service and help foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.
US Doctors for Africa Donates 35,500lb of medical supplies to Sierra Leone:
US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) shipped an estimated 35,500 pounds of medical supply (Calmoseptine Ointment) to a West Africa nation of Sierra Leone.
Virulent Strain of TB Found
JOHANNESBURG, 8 Sep 2006 (IRIN/PLUSNEWS) - International and regional medical personnel have gathered in South Africa where a new, virtually untreatable form of an old disease, Tuberculosis or TB, has been found.
President Bill Clinton and the William J. Clinton Foundation have launched the Clinton Global Initiative to help our world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values.
Ted Alemayhu interviewed on Voice of America
Malawi floods leave 40,000 homeless
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US Doctors for Africa Sends Medical Team to Deliver Katrina Aid
While the Department of Public Health has already declared public health emergency in regions of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida, a widespread outbreak of disease including cholera and typhoid from exposure to contaminated waters is of grave concern to health officials. Immediate medical treatment and preventative health care is essential to numerous displaced individuals, who may be at risk while residing in shelters for an unknown period of time. Founder and CEO of USDFA, Ted M. Alemayhu says that although the demand for their services has been high in Africa and also by those devastated by Caribbean Hurricane Frances last year, they have an obligation at home.
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WUSA TV Channel 9 in Washington D.C. recently interviewed US Doctors For Africa volunteer Dr. Kulleni Gebreyes about her work with US Doctors For Africa in Ethiopia.
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US Doctors For Africa is working with American and African medical experts, regional care providers and other stakeholders in the development of a program to bring much needed HIV/AIDS care and treatment services to the people of Tanzania.
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US Doctors For Africa and Global Relief Organization launch a joint relief and reconstruction mission to the Caribbean in response to hurricane Frances.
In times of crisis it is the responsibility of the global community to work together in providing relief and support to those in unexpected and urgent need, regardless of their geographic location. As a result of our accomplishment to date and knowing that we can make a difference where we are needed most, US Doctors For Africa is joining with the Global Relief Organization (GRO). Our goal is to set up a base of operations specifically designed to handle disaster response and relief efforts anywhere in the world and establishing a permanent disaster relief team prepared to respond on short notice.
At present GRO and US Doctors For Africa are undertaking an urgent humanitarian mission the Caribbean. The region was heavily hit by Hurricane Frances in early September. The devastation left 4,500 people homeless, destroyed over 3,000 homes, the island is without power and water. The airport of the island has minimal service and only for very small planes. Search and rescue efforts continue in Haiti and the Dominican Republic after days of heavy rain caused flooding that has killed close to 2,000 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Many of the victims in the Dominican Republic were killed after being caught off guard by waters rushing over river banks and washing away their homes while they slept. The storms also created rivers of mud that washed away thousands of homes and caused extensive damage to crops and livestock in both countries. Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for. Our objective is to take critical medical supplies, food and water, building materials, clothing, temporary shelters and school supplies to assist with relief and reconstruction efforts.
If you would like more information on how you can assist with relief and reconstruction efforts in the Caribbean through the contribution of financial or material donations, or if you are a medical professional and would like to join out mission please go to the Global Relief Organization web site at www.globalrelieforg.org or contact Gordon Hudsucker at 800–449–6204.
US Doctors For Africa sends a team of volunteer medical professionals to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In September of 2004 US Doctors For Africa sent a team of volunteer medical professionals and operations staff to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - to provide much needed medical services, and conduct assessments exploring opportunities for expanded activity and contribution to health care efforts in Ethiopia. Our primary focus is on the Zewditu Memorial Hospital, one of five hospitals administered under the Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau.
US Doctors For Africa volunteer teams are working side by side with host medical staff providing much needed medical services to hospital patients, primarily to the benefit of women and children. Our medical professionals are providing lectures and training in best practices to address specific health care issues such as Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (MTCT), treatment and care of HIV+ individuals, and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) programs. Training in Hospital Administration and Management Principles are also being provided. Our operations team in the United States is working toward securing the medical equipment and supplies necessary to expand the capacity of the Zewditu Memorial Hospital, and bring much needed medical treatment to the people of Ethiopia.
During the September 2004 mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, US Doctors For Africa representatives met with Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis to discuss current organizational activities in the country and explore possibilities for future collaboration with the Ethiopian Government.
Our organization is currently in the process of developing additional project opportunities identified during the 2004 mission. We will work closely with the Ethiopian Government in bringing volunteer medical professionals to the country where we will provide much needed capacity building services.
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US Doctors For Africa to attend 2004 15th Annual AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
US Doctors For Africa will attend the 2004 15th Annual AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Our delegation will include Dr. Erik Fleischman, and others from the US Docs team.
The 15th International AIDS Conference links community and science to galvanize the world’s response to HIV/AIDS through increased commitment, leadership and accountability. The theme for this years conference is Access For All.
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Los Angeles City Council to Honor US Doctors For Africa and Its Efforts Combating the African Health Crisis.
Friday June 25, 2004 — The Los Angeles City Council will honor US Doctors For Africa during the city council meeting on Friday, June 25, 2004. On behalf of the city’s lawmaking body, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks will pay special tribute to US Doctors For Africa for the organization’s dedication to the African health crisis, particularly the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
This recognition comes at the end of US Doctors For Africa’s most successful year to date. The organization opened its world headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California this May and a team of medical professionals will travel to Africa in September for a full-scale medical mission providing care to local patients. “US Docs” Founder Ted M. Alemayhu says, “We greatly appreciate this recognition from City Hall, but what’s even more important is that as a society we recognize and react to the suffering the people of Africa are enduring. We’ve made great strides as a young organization, and we have our work cut out for us in joining the world community in this fight. I hope that through this generous recognition by the Council we might expand interest in this cause and bring much needed resources and funding to our efforts and others like them.”
Representatives from US Doctors for Africa have completed their assessment trip through South Africa, Kenya, and Ethiopia and are now back in the United States.
Dr. Fleming Fallon, Medical Director, and JD Schramm, Strategic Director, completed their trip in late December and early January developing relationships and gathering data for the organization’s first medical and educational missions that will take place later this year. They will now work with the board of US Doctors For Africa to develop the specific strategy of how to help bring US healthcare professionals to Africa to support the needs of African healthcare providers facing the overwhelming demands of the AIDS pandemic. The organization is committed to taking their first group of professionals to Africa in 2003. It is expected that these volunteers will be deployed in pilot programs in South Africa or Ethiopia.
Interview on the Tavis Smiley Show
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Congresswoman Diane Watson joins US Doctors For Africa in support of “Celebrate Life, Restore Hope” event at University of Souther California.
U.S. Congresswoman Diane Watson, the Counsels General of Ethiopia and South Africa, and representatives of the Ghana Association of Southern California joined hundreds of members of the USC and greater Los Angeles Community voicing their support for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. This special event, held on the University of Southern California campus, was organized by students in support of US Doctors For Africa. “Celebrate Life, Restore Hope” showcased spirited and pointed entertainment from indigenous African artists and local performers, while speeches from USDFA founder Ted Alemayhu and Congresswoman Diane Watson shed further light on the tragedy of HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world.
International Human Rights Consortium invites US Doctors For Africa to sponsor Laureat.
Thanks to the continued support of Miss Wilda Spalding and the International Human Rights Consortium (IHRC), US Doctors For Africa will have the opportunity to sponsor a qualified student for the 2003 'Fete dExcellence' in Geneva Switzerland. This international festival, held at the United Nations, seeks to celebrate, inspire and encourage the very best within each of us while examining and supporting the inexorable human rights every member of the world community possesses.
US Doctors For Africa shares the ideals of Miss Spalding and the IHRC and hopes that with your help we can meet our goal of fully funding a student Laureate to this year’s 'Fete d'Excellence'. If you would like to help USDFA in supporting this worthy cause please click here.
US Doctors For Africa establishes working partnership with Mercy Airlift International.
U.S. Doctors for Africa has established a working partnership with Mercy Airlift International. This partnership would allow both organizations to work together in order to provide quick and effective assistance to the people of the African Continent. For further information about Mercy Airlift, visit the Mercy Airlift website.