About AMFA | Our Mission | Organization
AMFA stands for Affordable Medicines For All.
Our goal is to raise the bar
in providing essential medicines to charitable hospitals and clinics in a way that encourages and promotes the local economy in developing countries around the world. AMFA Foundation was established in 1995.
In 1997, AMFA Foundation assisted in founding Affordable Medicines For Africa (AMFA South Africa), a not-for-gain organization registered in South Africa.
To support the Church's holistic health mission to bring physical and spiritual healing, thereby alleviating suffering among the world's poor and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To be the leading non-profit supplier of essential generic medicines and medical supplies through the effective distribution of quality, competitively priced products with a commitment to total customer service.
Raising the Bar
AMFA has established several criteria which we believe are critical to the success of our mission:
- Essential medicines formulary
- Source pharmaceuticals primarily from local suppliers
- Competitive prices with current suppliers
- 4 - 6 week delivery improves cash flow, reduces inventory costs
- Products backed by excellent quality control
- Dedication to excelling in long-term customer service
- Bulk packaging appropriate for hospitals, clinics & dispensaries
- Regional distribution centers insure rapid turn-around
AMFA's Mission of Service
Affordable Medicines For Africa (AMFA), a not-for-gain organization, brings business expertise and sophisticated management techniques to bear on the intractable problem of affordable medicines for Africa's poor. Since 1996, AMFA has been building a sustainable essential medicine supply system in Africa serving Africans. AMFA is committed to:
- Developing African sources for essential medicines that meet international standards
- Finding reliable, cost-effective distribution and transportation channels
- Providing medicines, supplies, and equipment to Christian missions and other healthcare professionals at or below competitors' prices, in practical quantities, with quicker delivery times (30 days or less)
- Offering missions logistical support through automated ordering and inventory control
- Drawing an international staff of experts in pharmacology, administration, logistics, and ministry
SERVING AFRICA'S POOR
With high quality, low cost generic medicines
- manufactured in Africa
- delivered quickly and efficiently
- supplied to Christian missions, charitable hospitals, and other healthcare providers
- Through partnerships and longer-term initiatives to build a sustainable African healthcare infrastructure
Affordable Medicines for Africa (AMFA) is a not-for-profit organization registered and headquartered in South Africa, and with several distribution centers on the continent. AMFA's goal is to become a self-sustaining enterprise and the leading African supplier of affordable medicines, medical supplies, and equipment for Africa's poor. AMFA is committed to serving the needs of Christian missions, hospitals, and other healthcare providers on the continent through high quality, affordable products, timely and efficient distribution, and unparalleled customer service.
Christian ServiceAMFA Foundation is an international Christian service organization.
AMFA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization registered in Georgia, raises funds for Affordable Medicines for Africa to support its development activities and ongoing operations until such time as AMFA is fully self-supporting.
AMFA exists to ensure that Christian health care organizations have access to a comprehensive and consistent formulary of essential medicines, with timely and efficient distribution, at competitive prices.
AMFA is committed to providing what is needed, when it is needed, at the right price, with excellent customer service. To accomplish this, we have assembled an international staff of experts with over one hundred years of experience in health, pharmacology, logistics, business, and ministry.
AMFA seeks to enable Christian healthcare workers to provide a practical witness to Christ's love by helping to reduce human suffering, working preferentially through the ministry of the family of believers.
Christian Healthcare Organizations
AMFA works to strengthen local Christian health associations and organizations, thereby promoting cost-effective procurement and inventory of medicines around the world. We encourage the development of purchasing cooperatives, electronic communication linkages, and peer learning networks among health ministries.
AMFA is committed to serving:
- Christian health associations
- Christian hospital systems and buying groups
- Denomination and mission health programs
- International relief and development agencies
Christian Healthcare Workers
A Worldwide Crisis
For more than a century, one of the most effective means of evangelization in the church has been through physical health missions. These health ministries have been holistic; bringing healing in both a physical and spiritual sense.
There is nothing we have more in common with each other than health, no matter where we are in the world. It is a neutral issue, and Christian healthcare professionals treat everyone no matter what their spiritual condition. But with their loving care of suffering people, doctors and nurses open the door to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in a very personal way.
Christian health professionals are daily winning people all over the world to Jesus by simply following His example of ministry, healing people in body and spirit.
The African Problem | Human Suffering | African Opportunity
Infectious diseases, the world's biggest killer of children under five and working age adults-- many of whom are breadwinners and parents-- account for half the deaths in developing countries. Many of these killers-- e.g., TB, malaria, pneumonia, HIV-related opportunistic infections-- are treatable with generic drugs and preventable with simple healthcare commodities, all available at relatively low costs by developed countries' standards.
Yet even these inexpensive medicines and supplies are beyond the reach of 320 million Africans. The population in many sub-Saharan African countries-- crippled by poverty, racked by war, and ravaged by AIDS-- earns less than $1 a day. Christian missions and charity hospitals-- which constitute half the region's meager healthcare infrastructure-- are the only source of medical treatment for many Africans. Having few African sources of high quality, affordable medicines, missions and hospitals must often resort to pre-paying for bulk quantities of generic medicines purchased from India, China or Europe, which may spend months in transit exposed to temperature extremes, becoming ineffective or even unsafe.
We are living in what are widely acknowledged to be precarious global times. Deepening poverty, social and communal alienation and dislocation, environmental devastation, and violence are fast becoming global pandemics.
At nearly every level, once trusted social, political and economic institutions seem to be losing their ability to provide stability and direction for persons all over the globe. The large-scale social, economic, and political restructuring evident during recent decades have ushered in a time of intense competition among powerful institutions for the hearts, desires and dreams of persons and communities the world over.
Indeed, we have good cause for believing that we are in the midst of a struggle for the world's soul.
The ground for holistic health mission is fertile in Africa. Twenty-seven sub-Saharan states rank among the poorest in the world.
A HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE
Since the early 1970's the world has been responding to Africa's famines along with natural and man-made disasters. However, Africa represents a minimal portion of the global economy and is therefore a neglected market.
Today, over 100,000 different drugs are being marketed around the world. Of these, the World Health Organization considers 270 drugs to be most essential. The movement toward rational drug use and essential drug lists is global and will rapidly spread as health conditions deteriorate. Governments, ministries of health, purchasing centers, hospitals, and health professionals will buy medicines from those suppliers who can provide the lowest cost essential drugs.
For these reasons a Christian medicines distribution organization that is located on the continent of Africa is critically needed. It must provide Christian hospitals affordable, quality medicines, delivered in a timely manner. In response to this need in 1997, AMFA Foundation launched a new ministry, Affordable Medicines for Africa. AMFA South Africa is based in Johannesburg.
Africa ships its orders by airfreight from Johannesburg where we have access to secure, in-bond warehousing and communications world-wide. Our goal is to keep our customers appropriately stocked at all times.
AMFA's goal goes beyond simply providing essential generic medicines at an affordable price. While AMFA is constantly working to source medicines at a lower cost, we do not want to compete for business solely on a price basis.
We feel the greater need is to provide excellent customer service through "Just-In-Time" (JIT) ordering and delivery resulting in streamlined inventory management and greatly reduced operating costs for our customers. In addition to our JIT objectives, we are also working towards partnering with other African organizations to implement a continent-wide, Internet-based communications system.
AMFA's distribution system covers the whole of Africa. By working with both commercial airlines and carriers, such as DHL, and private distribution partners, like MAF. AMFA ensures timely and secure product delivery at a reasonable cost.A HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE
AMFA is also involved in several long-term initiatives to build a sustainable healthcare infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa to address the region's dire needs. AMFA partners with church, private, governmental, educational, and nongovernmental organizations that bring essential know-how and resources to specific projects.A HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE
Drug Supply ChainAMFA is a principal partner in Pharmesa (PTY) Ltd., a new pharmaceutical distribution organization based in South Africa that will procure and distribute high quality, generic, affordable essential medicines for the treatment of infectious diseases to include TB, pneumonia, and other HIV- related opportunistic infections. Pharmesa will be a low-cost supplier to the public and mission healthcare sectors, serving as many of Africa's needy as possible. Pharmesa will also help fund other AMFA activities.A HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE
Rural Healthcare Delivery Centers
AMFA has participated in Lincos (Little Intelligent Communities), an initiative that provides rural and poor urban communities with a modular mobile service center-- solar-powered, with satellite Internet connections-- to deliver a variety of services to improve the quality of life:
A HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE
- Radio station
- Banking services
- Computer laboratory
- Internet connection
- Video conference & entertainment center
Healthcare Centers of ExcellenceAMFA organized the African Consortium for Excellence in Healthcare, a private-sector initiative to assure that funds appropriated for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are invested in healthcare facilities and services that address Africa's long-term needs for pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution, and patient care.How to HelpWith the goal of affordable essential medicines as its highest priority, it is AMFA's long-term goal to fund all aspects of its mission through its pharmaceutical distribution operations in Africa. As it builds the organization, facilities, supply chain, and partnerships necessary to achieve its mission, AMFA relies on several sources of income and contributions for its current operating funds, including
With only a very small staff in Africa, AMFA and the US AMFA Foundation also rely on and benefit from the time and talent of numerous professionals who donate needed expertise and effort in support of this worthy cause.
- Grants from foundations
- Gifts from individuals, churches, and businesses
AMFA Foundation is supported by the generous gifts of donors committed to ensuring Christian health care workers have access to a consistent formulary of essential medicines.
Key staff positions in both Africa and the United States are filled on a volunteer basis to ensure the maximum benefit of donated funds.
The Hollard Insurance Company provides office accommodation and support services for AMFA South Africa in Johannesburg.
Please contact us to learn more about how you can assist achieving the mission of AMFA.
AMFA South AfricaAMFA South Africa was launched as an African ministry that understands African needs and challenges.
AMFA is unique from other suppliers because we are committed to applying the best of African experience, talent and creativity to help build the African health infrastructure. By encouraging the development of local generic medicine production and national distribution facilities AMFA encourages an African supply of pharmaceuticals, thus producing long-term social and economic benefits for the African communities in which we operate.
Over the past 14 years AMFA has worked to build an organization for the effective distribution of medicines and pharmaceutical supplies on the African continent. Today, we are confident that a functional system has evolved.
AMFA's base is in Johannesburg, South Africa where we operate under the mentorship of Hollard Insurance Company, South Africa's third largest privately held insurance company. Hollard provides office accommodation and support services. From here we serve sub-Saharan Africa with quality, competitively priced pharmaceuticals and with a total commitment to customer service.CONTACT USAMFA has offices in both the United States and Africa to provide you with the best possible service.
For information on AMFA Foundation in the United States:
Ingrid Raiser, MD
116 Briarwood Loop
Oak Brook IL 60523
Tel.: 1. 630-887-8384, Fax: 1. 630-887-8384
To place an order or request our latest formulary in Africa:
P.O. Box 87419
Johannesburg, South Africa