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In 2001 Doctors For Life International (DFL) initiated the medical program ‘Aid to Africa’, to reach out to Sub-Saharan developing countries with free medical relief. Medical teams travel to isolated and remote areas with short term missions in order to deliver free medical care and surgery in areas where there is little to none available. The long term goal is to establish permanent medical facilities we identify in needy areas. These will be used as a base to take medical assistance deeper into these regions. DFL’s first permanent medical clinic and maternity ward was built in Zavora, Mozambique.

This medical program fits in with the vision of the organization i.e. to protect and enhance life in its broader context through the implementation of strategic projects. DFL members regard the many factors that threaten human life in Southern Africa as both a challenge and an opportunity to invest both time and professional expertise in developing communities.

The Aid to Africa project aims to offer the following services in Sub Saharan African countries:

  • Provide free medical examination and supply of medical treatment, through short term mobile medical clinics.
  • Provide free surgery in remote and needy regions
  • Construct and manage permanent clinics/hospitals/maternity wards.
  • Facilitate free medical supplies to needy medical health facilities
  • Build relationships with communities and their local leaders
  • Facilitate primary health education in communities.
  • Establish a Memorandum of Understanding and a working relationship with the National Governments and Departments of Health of the countries we work in.
  • Facilitate training for health care workers

DFL has gained valuable experience in Southern Africa over the past 25 years which we would like to offer to other needy communities. As the specific needs become clear, DFL would also implement some of our other successful projects.

DFL has been involved with bringing free medical assistance to South Africa, Lesotho, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana and Mozambique. Angola and Malawi have offered DFL land to start medical facilities in remote regions there too.

Malawi medical outreaches 2017

We are so thankful to report that we just finished two successful medical outreaches in Malawi. Herewith just some brief feedback; The Doctors For Life International (DFL) teams camped at both places and each area offered its own challenges. The

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2016 Annual Report

Introduction: By Gods grace thousands of lives in Southern Africa were impacted during this past year. We are sincerely thankful for the privilege to play our small role in this. Free medical examinations and treatment, dental care, pre-and post natal

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2015 Annual Report

1 January – 31 December 2015 Introduction: It is with much appreciation that we send you this 2015 Annual report for the Medical Outreach Program (section I) and the DFL Sihane Clinic and Maternity Ward in Zavora, Mozambique (section II).

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Mozambique Eye Surgery Outreach July – August 2015

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Doctors For Life Newsletter, Issue 9 – March. 2015

From the CEO’s desk The year 2014 ended on a victorious note for us here at Doctors for Life. It was indeed a blessed year and we are thankful towards our Heavenly Father for supplying all our needs. We indeed

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Zavora will have operating room

While broadcasting news updates on the recent Mozambique elections, Voice of America (VOA) also interviewed Mr Mario Rocha, DFL’s clinic and maternity ward manager in Zavora, Mozambique. Click here to read more or to listen to the interview (in Portuguese)

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Aid to Africa: 2013-2014 Report

Introduction: It is with much appreciation that we take a look at the reports since January 2013 to the present for the Medical Outreach Program of Doctors For Life (DFL) called Aid to Africa. Both our mobile or short term

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Outreach Malawi July 2014

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During July 2014 Doctors for Life had the opportunity to go to Malawi for a very successful and blessed outreach. We were able to do 129 cataract operations and an total of 562 glasses were handed out, as well as

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Mozambique Outreach – March 2014

It is a privilege for Doctors for Life to report back on a very blessed medical outreach to Mozambique at the end of March, 2014. Not only were we able to perform ±92 cataract operations in the hospital at Inhambane

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A river called “when” and a lady called “suffering” – Part 2

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A river called “when” and a lady called “suffering” – Part 1

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Video: Aid to Africa – work done during 2010

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Video: Aid to Africa – work done during 2010

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Video: Isolated but not forgotten

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Video: Medical surgery theatre tent – a donation from MMI

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Photos: Aid to Africa

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Photos: Zavora Clinic

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Dr Paul Zuidema

With the recent passing away of Dr Paul Zuidema who ran our clinic in Zavora, Mozambique, we urgently need medical volunteers (especially doctors) to continue the work there. The periods can be anything from 2 weeks to 2 years. Please

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Malawi outreach – update

By late Saturday, 30 June we arrived at St Andrews Hospital, Malawi Midlands. During 28 and 29 we had many cataract operations and outreaches during the afternoon, and closed the day showing Christian Films. One of the patients we helped

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Malawi outreach – update

From the DFL Malawi medical team “Today we removed the eye covers of those who had operations. There was much joy and Mr Mario Rocha interviewed some of the patients. A little later in the morning Mr Rocha (representing DFL)

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