A2A Medical Outreaches

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Help is especially needed in the many rural and remote regions situated far from the larger cities. In many of these areas, access to the larger health facilities are difficult if not impossible. In cases where you find health posts or clinics, medication is usually very limited and often there is none. Many patients can simply not afford to travel to their nearest hospital for medical treatment or surgery and for those who can, traveling could take many days. Millions of people living in Sub-Saharan African countries are constantly plagued with diseases like malaria.

These are some of the reasons that DFL initiated the project ‘Aid to Africa’, to reach out to Sub-Saharan developing countries by bringing free medical relief to areas where there is little or none available, through short term medical clinics.

DFL has a holistic approach which includes primary health,  dental, eye and general examinations while dispensing medicines free of charge. In addition we also provide general and specialized surgery where possible. This includes curing preventable blindness through cataract and trachoma surgery. Blindness caused by cataracts and trachoma is one of the most common problems and an estimated 80{01b0879e117dd7326006b2e84bcaac7e8fa1509c5c67baf2c9eb498fe06caff4} of blindness is preventable.

Our members donate their time and experience as qualified medical doctors. Joined by supporting staff and volunteers, they assist needy individuals on 2-4 week outreaches in these underprivileged communities. This often means that they have to work under difficult conditions. Traveling can take days as the roads are bad and accommodation is rustic and in a camping style.

DFL hac been involved with bringing free medical assistance to South Africa, Lesotho, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana and Mozambique.

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 first outreach was near Mangochi (at the southern tip of lake Malawi). At first it … Read more

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Outreach Malawi July 2014

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 62 protective sunglasses to patients after cataract operations were performed. Many wonderful testimonies were received … Read more

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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 (the Capital of the Inhambane Province in Mozambique), but we were also accompanied by two … Read more

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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 was the founder of Neighbour Mission. His photo is attached. On Friday afternoon we visited … Read more

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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) was interviewed at a local government office. The message was broadcast 4 times yesterday and … Read more

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Malawi outreach – update

Day 2: The DFL medical support team departed from Pretoria at about 7:00 pm on Thursday evening. They arrived at the Zimbabwe border at about 2:00 am in the morning. Although, according to the border officials, two of the vehicle’s documents were not in order, they were finally allowed to proceed to Harare. They were … Read more

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Outreach to Zambia – Field Update

The 1st outreach in Western Zambia, Kalobolelwa has come to an end. In total we prescribed 75 eye glasses, saw 112 dental patients, did 440 GP treatments, saw about a 100 other eye patients, 32 surgeries. Pathology in this area was incredible: gangrene, leprosy, broken leg, many malaria cases, HIV, 6 fingers on 1 hand, … Read more

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Doctors For Life Outreach to Zambia

Two weeks from now we hope to be on our way! The apparently unavoidable last minute rush is starting as I am writing this. No matter how early you start, there will always be the last minute emergencies. Will we be able to get all the necessary documents in time? The medications and surgical supplies … Read more

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Angola: Medical and eye surgery outreach to Cuito Cuanavale and Mavinga

The medical and eye surgery outreach to Cuito Cuanavale and Mavinga was probably one of the toughest ones DFL undertook thus far. The people in Mavinga are very isolated and the need for medical care is great. The approximately 200km took some of the team members almost 3 days due to trees that had to … Read more

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Zimbabwe: Cataract Ops Begin

By now you may already have heard about our eye surgery outreach to Harare, Zimbabwe. Cataract surgeries were the main focus, from a medical point of view. It was planned in collaboration with Celebration Health, the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Department of Ophthalmology, and the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, who all planned … Read more

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