The Australian Ambassador to Madagascar, HE Ms Jenny Dee was pleased to partner with Australian Doctors For Africa (ADFA) today for the inauguration of the renovated traumatology ward of the Centre Hospitalier de Soavinandriana (CENHOSOA) in Antananarivo by the Australian Doctors for Africa and Government of Madagascar.
“The Australian government welcomes the close partnership ADFA has developed with Malagasy medical professionals in the fields of orthopaedics, gastroenterology, urology and paediatrics,” Ambassador Dee said. “This latest project in CENHOSOA builds on the Club Foot clinics and other activities ADFA support in Tulear and the surrounding regional and outreach centres of Sakaraha and Ankililoaka.”
With approximately four medical missions to Madagascar each year, ADFA also have a strong focus on training local medical personnel to support better health outcomes for the Malagasy people.
The Australian Doctors for Africa motto is ‘empowering the people of Africa though access to quality health care’ which they provide through their work in Comoros, Ethiopia, Somaliland and Madagascar. Between July 2017 and June 2018, ADFA conducted 428 surgical procedures, treated 225 children for clubfoot and trained 684 medical professionals across the four countries.
Ms Cath Pool, a Volunteer Nursing Coordinator in Gastroenterology said “It has been an amazing journey and I have been extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to participate and make a difference to endoscopy in Madagascar”.
The Australian Embassy contributed AUD40,000 to ADFA to support the CENHOSOA Hospital renovation through the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), a small community focused small grants program that has funded projects in various regions of Madagascar. The projects specifically target poverty alleviation, access to water, education, maternal and child health, women’s economic empowerment, and governance and human rights.
The Australian Embassy has also granted ADFA $40,000 toward building a new endoscopy unit at the main surgical and cancer hospital (CHUJRA), in Antananarivo in partnership with Madagascar’s Gastroentrology Association (AGEM).
The new centre would provide a national centre of excellence in advanced treatments for patients with acute gut bleeding, cancer prevention and treatment, hepatobiliary disorders and surgical patients. It would also be a national training centre for endoscopy and research in gut diseases.
7 June 2019