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Official page for Afya at UCLA. Mission is to recover surplus medical supplies in support of ongoing health initiatives in Africa and the Caribbean.
The Afya Foundation is an organization that delivers unused medical and humanitarian supplies to health facilities-in-need throughout Africa and Haiti. Since its founding in 2007, Afya has delivered over 26 billion dollars in supplies to 35 different countries. When first establishing a relationship with a new hospital or clinic, we ask that they create a "wish-list" of their most needed supplies and equipment. This ranges from items such as surgical masks and pens to larger medical equipment, including operating tables and ultrasound machines. Upon assessing the needs of each facility, Afya works with US hospitals, corporations, and individuals to gather the supplies and ship them via sea cargo containers to these partners abroad. While our immediate goal is to improve the quality and availability of healthcare in underserved areas, we also reduce the environmental impact in our own country by diverting "waste" from landfills and incineration to people in dire need.
Afya at UCLA is an entirely student-run extension of this foundation. In our first year as a brand new group to UCLA in Fall 2014, our aim is to establish a presence on campus as well as throughout the Los Angeles area. Afya is in the throws of establishing a satellite warehouse in LA for hospital donations, and we hope to strengthen this network through reaching out to hospitals, nursing homes, and private medical practices. We also hope to involve the UCLA students and faculty directly by hosting various drives for supplies such as pens and linens.
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