Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA)
ADFA was established in 2005 and is a leading medical humanitarian not-for-profit organisation comprising volunteer medical professionals for Australia and Africa. The organization, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, is dedicated to effect significant change in health care and well-being in several countries in Africa, including Madagascar. ADFA does this through the provision of overseas medical teams, teaching and training programs and in-country support of medical infrastructure development. Toliara Sands, and specifically our Country Manager, Jules LeClezio, was responsible for bringing ADFA to Madagascar in 2006.
ADFA is very much active in the Tulear region, having undertaken programs at the Generale Hospital, the Akamy Fantananena Clinic and the Clinic St Luc, as well as the University and Military Hospitals in Antananarivo.Over the last 11 years the group of dedicated surgeons and doctors have performed thousands of surgeries and medical consultations in Madagascar.They have built up successful programmes in surgery, treatment and knowledge sharing with local surgeons in orthopaedics, gastroenterology, obstetrics, gynaecology, urology and paediatrics, with a focus on talipes (club foot).
Toliara Sands is proud of our association with ADFA over many years, and we support ADFA by providing logistical assistance on the ground for their visits to Madagascar, as well as working with them on capital works projects aimed at increasing the range and access to medical services, and improving conditions at local hospitals.
We look forward to expanding our support to ADFA with increased resources as the Ranobe project comes to fruition.
Since first entering Madagascar in 2006, ADFA has engaged hundreds of medical professionals with extraordinary passion and commitment to give their time and expertise to treat Madagascar’s sick, disabled and most vulnerable residents.In Madagascar strong successful programmes have been built in surgery, treatment and teaching in orthopaedics, gastroenterology, obstetrics, gynaecology, urology and paediatrics in particular talipes (club foot).Infrastructure programmes have included the renovation of the laundry facility, a toilet block and improved sanitation and hygiene.The locations we have been associated with are the Generale Hospital in Tulear, Akany Fantananena Clinic in Tulear, Clinic St Luc in Tulear, and the Military and University Hospitals in Antananarivo
The screening and treatment of talipes has progressed immensely. The Pied-Bot clinic is now well established in Tulear and there are plans to expand it to several other health centres over the next twelve months. With ongoing education and support technical staff are now in a position to educate staff in other health centres. Other visits to Tulear for Paediatrics have focussed on improving newborn care through clean birth practices and effective resuscitation practices at birth. A scoping study was undertaken of the hospital in Antsirabe in November 2014 and since then Australian Doctors for Africa has utilised the volunteer services of two engineers to commence the implementation of renovating, enlarging and equipping the hospital operating theatres.