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Afya Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the Afya Foundation of America: Supplies for Life is to generate the medical, surgical and community-health inventories needed to support well-established health initiatives in Africa and the Caribbean. The Afya Foundation serves as a donation-based clearinghouse, with the primary intent of partnering and supporting established organizations in the international health community. Since its inception in late 2007, the Afya Foundation has set up a network of donor hospitals, health organizations and corporations. It has successfully gathered and sorted supplies and repaired equipment, resulting in the shipment of containers and duffel bags filled with recovered supplies to Africa and the Caribbean. These efforts are only the beginning, and every single item in these shipments represents Afya's ongoing commitment to put all the materials gathered from the New York healthcare market to their optimal use abroad. Our reliability and efficiency has aided in our partnering with other organizations that represent program excellence in the international public health sector. We are a supplies source for numerous international health organizations. We're also involved with leaders in country throughout Africa. We strive to be a highly efficient and effective source of recycled medical supplies, while simultaneously forging systematic change in health care delivery abroad. Afya also contributes to positive health and environmental outcomes by reducing medical waste incineration.

Results: 6,000,000 pounds of medical and humanitarian supplies shipped abroad and diverted from landfills and incineration 1,100,000 pounds of supplies sent to Haiti immediately after the 2010 Earthquake, to Japan immediately after the 2011 Earthquake and to Pakistan after the 2012 floods $25,000,000 worth of supplies sent abroad 100 '40 containers shipped abroad to date 134 shipments since 2008 32 Haitians trained and employed, who have treated 3100+ patients since 2010

Geographic areas served: Afya has shipped supplies to numerous countries and regions worldwide, although the focus is on Africa and the African diaspora, and specifically Haiti.

Programs: Shipment of Supplies Crisis Relief Response Wazazi: Supporting Maternal Health Luggage for Life Haiti Rehabilitation Program Gloria's Gathering Kids Help Us Help Kids

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Rating: 5

Afya is an amazing organization. Everyone who works there is very friendly, and you can tell that they care deeply about the work they are doing. Afya is a not-for-profit organization that sends medical supplies and humanitarian supplies abroad to African nations and Haiti. Everyday, tons of these supplies are sent and make a huge difference in many peoples lives. I am working on their new Birth Kit Campaign, a campaign that collects beanies, blankets, hand sanitizer, soap, and other supplies necessary for a successful child birth. These supplies are sent to Guatemala and Liberia to help rural midwives. I love working on this campaign and knowing that no matter what I do at Afya I am making a difference.