Formed by the people to help our people
Center for Diseases Control and Prevention in Africa (CdcAfrica) is a collaboration of volunteer medical professionals in the US working alongside their Third World Countries (particularly in Africa) local counterparts to bring basic health solutions to the dire medical needs of millions of suffering people in Africa and also making attempt to offer a platform for emergency medical relief efforts around the world during catastrophic situations.
Common courses of deaths in third world countries were attributed to starvation and malnutrition during the past century. Today, Africa and other third world countries are confronted with deaths resulting from common treatable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, malaria, neo-natal and early childhood diseases. The dismal health situation in these countries has been worsened since the early 90s by the exponential increment of HIV/AIDS epidemic. Over-the-counter medications are a luxury, administering of vaccines and immunization drugs are untenable because of the cost of dispensing of these drugs. The problem maybe compounded and rendered hopeless because most of the countries’ emergency health preparedness plans remain on their books with no immediate action in sight to implement them due to lack of institutional will and the capacity to take on such programs.
Attempts have been made in many African and third world countries by governments and non-profit institutions at combating HIV/AIDS and many other debilitating diseases but the goals and results often times seem to be tainted due to lack of proper coordination of the health delivery systems, lack of cooperation by local people coupled with an ineffective utilization of the available resources. Diseases statistics and data storage in some cases are untenable due to non-existent basic data management infrastructure, lack of incentives and motivation for health statistical personnel, proper training or education, cultural influences and disappointments from the existing governmental health institutions who have no proper oversight or accountability procedures to ensure cost- effective utilization of allocated resources.
Poverty and malnutrition have had degenerative consequences on the vast population amidst the fight for basic health support during the past century.
With Africa’s socially closely knitted structure and extended family system, one might be inclined to think it is possible to do more with less! The contrary is what rules currently until mindsets are changed through public education and the flow of information is uncensored by some political machinery.
In many of these countries:
- CdcAfrica is working in concert with African local governments to help establish an emergency medical response system to assist in disease forecasting and emergency health delivery.
- CdcAfrica is helping to revamp immunization and vaccination programs to stop the immediate spread of contagious diseases, air and water-borne diseases.
- CdcAfrica is working to help African local medical professionals to get help in the form of enhanced education and training to bring personnel to the level of standardized health practice.
- CdcAfrica is conducting surveys in 48 countries in Africa to help identify the countries and regions of immediate and urgent healthcare needs.
- CdcAfrica is setting up 4 PILOT interventional clinics for critical emergency medical treatment and will also serve as a platform for specialized medical professionals. Each clinic is projected to treat at least 250,000 out-patients annually in addition to some special need cases.
- CdcAfrica is helping to establish a new African Medical Professional Society (AMPS) to identify leading and outstanding deliverers of healthcare to grant recognition and to support their efforts in any way possible so that they can become a resource for local training. (Due to rather unusual high social and cultural practices of the people in Africa it is imperative that cdcAfrica adapts in certain cases, the approach of local health providers)
- CdcAfrica’s plan of action includes health delivery to remote and inaccessible towns and villages for its immunization and vaccination programs for infants, children and women. The project is carried out by the Mobile Clinic. It is envisaged to a have total of 16 Mobile Clinics to serve in very remote areas.
CdcAfrica is a nonprofit organization registered with the US Federal government for the purposes listed above among many others. It will seek cooperation and contributions (both cash and material) from and among health providers, institutions, pharmaceuticals, governments and volunteers in order to successfully deliver the much needed healthcare with urgency and little or no cost to the beneficiaries.