Mission

 

MISSION


PAHF helps African societies make use of their own valuable resources to produce the medical supplies they need — supplies that have been proven to significantly decrease the incidence of Africa’s most devastating diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

The Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF) is dedicated to reducing Africa’s disease burden* by increasing the availability of essential medical supplies — supplies that have been proven to significantly decrease the incidence of Africa’s most devastating diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Specifically, PAHF supports the establishment of medical supply factories in Africa: factories that are locally owned and operated on a not-for-profit basis.

In contrast to “more traditional” aid programs that rely heavily on inputs from abroad, PAHF helps African societies make use of their own valuable resources to produce the medical supplies they need. Thus, while directly addressing health needs, PAHF also combats poverty by designing its projects to include local job creation, skills training, technology transfer, the utilization of raw materials and other inputs that are indigenous to Africa — and ultimately, local ownership once PAHF’s assistance is phased out. PAHF projects are designed to ensure sustainability.


*The World Health Organization defines “disease burden” as: “The total significance of disease for society beyond the immediate cost of treatment. It is measured in years of life lost to ill health as the difference between total life expectancy and disability-adjusted life expectancy.” (The World Health Report, 2000)

 

 
Updated: January 15, 2008.
 

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