When AFCA first started working in Africa in 2005, we provided anti-retroviral (ARV) medication to thousands of children because there were not many organizations doing that type of work. Now, thankfully, pediatric ARVs are not as uncommon and many governments are providing them for their children. According to our agreements with our partners, if their government can provide medicine, it is their responsibility to do so and AFCA discontinues the provision of ARVs. Of course, there are some countries where the provision of ARVs is impossible due to poor infrastructure.
Unfortunately, there are still many children who need medicine to combat opportunistic infections, such as pneumonia, cancers specific to AIDS, thrush, etc. AFCA provides these medications to children in our programs, upon request from our partners.
While AFCA does not diagnose, prescribe nor fill prescriptions, we partner with local clinics and hospitals that are approved by their government’s Ministry of Health. The trained doctors and medical directors are the ones who request help from AFCA and we fill their requests by supplying their pharmacies with requested medications. They are the ones to prescribe and follow up with the children.
AFCA also provides testing kits to partners who find they don’t have enough to test mothers and children in their programs. This is in an effort to test pregnant mothers so that the best care can be given to her and her unborn child, as well as treating the baby once born, if they test positive. Of course, AFCA also supplies testing kits to guardians of children in our programs, as well as to the children themselves, at the request of our partner hospitals.
AFCA collects opened but unused and new but unneeded medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers, and distributors, diverting them from landfills and shipping them for use in the countries where we work.
Every day, US hospitals prepare for surgeries and procedures by opening instrument and supply packs. A great deal of these valuable goods are never used, though. Due to government regulations, these supplies must be discarded. AFCA collects these supplies, which never had patient contact, so they can be used to save lives in some of the countries where we work. While American doctors throw away sutures that have never been used, medical professionals throughout the world are washing, sun-drying and reusing sutures and gloves on numerous patients, a practice that needs to end.
AFCA’s work saves thousands of pounds of excess medical supplies and equipment from landfills and incinerators that, for various reasons, hospitals and medical companies discard. We work with hospitals in USA to set up recovery programs, so the hospital staff can efficiently recycle their surplus medical supplies. The program includes regular pick-up service of donated supplies. We also work with hospitals in Africa so that we are not sending items they don’t need – why create a landfill problem by sending items that are useless to them? We visit the hospitals and communicate closely through email, noting what is lacking and what we should send. Our biggest need is for maternity wards, as we are working closely with partners who are determined to stop the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
We accept donations of unused, unexpired medical supplies and used but functioning biomedical equipment through our medical supply recovery program.
To make a donation of surplus medical supplies or equipment, or to request further information, please contact us at 717.489.0206 or at info@AFCAids.org.
Lists of Acceptable Products
The following are guidelines detailing the medical supplies and biomedical equipment that AFCA accepts.
** AFCA does not accept pharmaceuticals.