Affordable Medicines for Africa (AMFA) is a not-for-profit organization registered and headquartered in South Africa, and with several distribution centers on the continent. AMFA's goal is to become a self sustaining enterprise and the leading African supplier of affordable medicines, medical supplies, and equipment for Africa's poor. AMFA is committed to serving the needs of Christian missions, hospitals, and other healthcare providers on the continent through high quality, affordable products, timely and efficient distribution, and unparalleled customer service.
AMFA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization registered in Georgia, raises funds for Affordable Medicines for Africa to support its development activities and ongoing operations until such time as AMFA is fully self supporting.
A SUSTAINABLE AFRICAN SOLUTION
AMFA's Mission of Service
Affordable Medicines For Africa (AMFA), a not-for-gain organization, brings business expertise and sophisticated management techniques to bear on the intractable problem of affordable medicines for Africa's poor. Since 1996, AMFA has been building a sustainable essential medicine supply system in Africa serving Africans. AMFA is committed to:
- Developing African sources for essential medicines that meet international standards
- Finding reliable, cost-effective distribution and transportation channels
- Providing medicines, supplies, and equipment to Christian missions and other healthcare professionals at or below competitors' prices, in practical quantities, with quicker delivery times (30 days or less)
- Offering missions logistical support through automated ordering and inventory control
- Drawing an international staff of experts in pharmacology, administration, logistics, and ministry
Serving Africa's Poor
With high quality, low cost generic medicines
- manufactured in Africa
- delivered quickly and efficiently
- supplied to Christian missions, charitable hospitals, and other healthcare providers
- Through partnerships and longer-term initiatives to build a sustainable African healthcare infrastructure
HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTUREAMFA is also involved in several long-term initiatives to build a sustainable healthcare infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa to address the region’s dire needs. AMFA partners with church, private governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations that bring essential know-how and resources to specific projects.
Drug Supply Chain
AMFA is a principal partner in Pharmesa (PTY) Ltd, a new pharmaceutical distribution organization based in South Africa that will procure high quality, generic, affordable essential medicines for the treatment of pneumonia, and other HIV-related opportunistic infections. Pharmesa will be a low-cost supplier to the public and mission healthcare sectors, serving as many of Africa’s needy as possible. Pharmesa will also help fund other AMFA activities.
Rural Healthcare Delivery Centers
AMFA has participated in Lincos (Little Intelligent Communities), an initiative that provides rural and poor urban communities with a modular mobile service center-- solar-powered, with satellite Internet connections-- to deliver a variety of services to improve the quality of life:
- Radio station
- Banking services
- Computer laboratory
- Internet connection
- Video conference & entertainment center
Healthcare Centers of Excellence
AMFA organized the African Consortium for Excellence in Healthcare, a private-sector initiative to assure that funds appropriated for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are invested in healthcare facilities and services that address Africa's long-term needs for pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution, and patient care.
To learn how you or your organization can contribute to AMFA Foundation's efforts in Africa, please contact
Ingrid Raiser, MD
116 Briarwood Loop
Oak Brook IL 60523
Tel.: 1. 630-887-8384, Fax: 1. 630-887-8384
P.O. Box 87419
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel.: 27.11.351.2003 Fax: 27.11.351-8022 Cell: 27-(0)83-280-1446
A Worldwide Crisis
Infectious diseases, the world's biggest killer of children under five and working age adults-many of whom are breadwinners and parents- account for half the deaths in developing countries. Many of these killers - e.g TB, malaria, pneumonia, HIV-related opportunistic infections- are treatable with generic drugs and preventable with simple healthcare comodities, all available at relatively low costs by developed countries' standards.
The African Problem
Yet even these inexpensive medicines and supplies are beyond the reach of 320 million Africans. The population in many sub-Saharan African countries-crippled by poverty, racked by war, and ravaged by AIDS-earns less than $1 a day. Christian missions and charity hospitals- which constitute half the regions meager healthcare infrastructure-are the only source of medical treatment for many Africans. Having few African sources of high quality, affordable medicines, missions and hospitals must often resort to pre-paying for bulk quantities of generic medicines purchased from India and Europe, which may spend months in transit exposed to temperature extremes, becoming ineffective or even unsafe.