Medical and Humanitarian Mission Highlights

2009 Swaziland Africa

Medical, surgical and direct patient care take us to a new level of consulting for the New National Tuberculosis Hospital and well as RFM, Reproductive Health Program. More to come........

2007 & 2008 Swaziland Africa

Our medical missions continue to grow. On average our doctors, nurses, medical students and residents see 275-350 people a day. Our doctors take call at the hospital for the first time as the nation encounters its first strike of doctors lasting a few months. Our surgeons are busier than ever. The Braii ( an American style picnic) for the orphans and vulnerable children becomes one of the highlights of mission. We provide children a day of gifts, food, education, drink, games and dance under the guidance of our retired school teacher, Mr. Karimu Shaw. This event is almost like Christmas in the summer as the orphans and volunerable children forget who they are for one day of the year and become just kids.

2006 Swaziland, Africa

Medical missions included doctors, nurses, medical students, resident, teachers, social workers and student peer educators for the second annual youth summit. Our hosts had many requests one of which was to have our volunteer Psychiatrist( the only phsychiatrist in the country) to certify prisoners with mental illnesses for or against standing trial. Rural clinic outreaches grew along with surgical care and procedures at the Raliegh Fitkin Memoral Hospital. We added more orphans and vulnerable children to our list to serve. Alexander Hamiliton High, local school Global Studies Class, in Los Angeles was introduced to Project Africa Global as we were invited to be speakers for the Los Angeles International Visitors Council. Once the students heard about Swaziland, its orphans and children headed househoulds, they took up the banner and started a livestock program. Each year these students collect several hundred dollars to buy cows, goats, and pigs for the orphans as a source of sustainable income. They also have school supplies drives throughout the years so that each child in the orphans we provide services for will have enough supplies to last them for the entire school year.

2006 Swaziland, Africa

Co-Founders Dr. Condessa Curley and Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pittgrew developed and implemented the first ever free two day continuing medical education conference for the doctors, nurses and health care providers of Swaziland. The brain drain of Swazilands best and brightest spurred this idea. Our US licensed health care volunteers, medical and nursing students and Swaziland doctors and nurses volunteer as faculty for the conference. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, continuing education department was instrumental in accrediting this endeavor so that our licensed volunteers could obtain CME as well as add to their resumes and CV's that they had taught internationally. We could not have done this without the vision and support Dr. Barbar Barnes, Senior Vice President of Contracts, Grants, Intellectual Property and CME at the University of Pittsbugh Medical Center.

September 2005 - The birth of the concept- AfricAmerica Youth Summit on C.H.A.N.G.E. HIV/AIDs prevention and education. Anita Williams and Dr. Condessa Curley co-founders after providing medical care to rural youth who were dying of AIDS, while their friends watched in fear. Many questions about the HIV and AIDs, sexually transmitted infections, myths, traditional practices, fear of talking to the elders of the village or teachers were asked by the youth we treated. The need was so great that we decided to develope a curriculum on the facts, prevention, transmission, relationships, anatomy, contraception, condom use ( male and female condoms) stigma and discrimination. HIV positive and negative youth were trained together in Los Angeles as peer educators. These youth, under the direction of the co-founders lead the first AfricAmerica Youth Summit on Changing Habits and Attitudes while Negotiating Goals Effectively. One hundred and twenty youth attended the two summit held in Elzuwini. The summit concluded with a 13 mile walk and picnic of solidarity for those that had past, those struggling to stay alive, their friends and families.

September 2005 Swaziland, Southern Africa
28 physicians, nurses, physicians in training, high school student, college students, and educators both HIV and academic provided humanitarian services to urban and rural health centers and hospitals throughout Swaziland.

Data from the UNICEF 2005 sentinel surveillance reports a prevalence rate of HIV at 42.6% of the population. It has been estimated that 120,000 of Swazi children will be orphaned by this epidemic within the 5 years. Project Africa Global and the Swaziland Organizing Committee organized the first annual youth summit, " The AfricAmerica Youth C.H.A.N.G.E. Summit, Swaziland 2005. The Acronym C.H.A.N.G.E. means Changing Habits Attitudes while Negotiating Goals Effectively. The summit was planned and implemented in conjunction with our Swaziland partners: His Majesty King Mswati III, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, NERCHA , Director of Sports and Culture and NGO's: SHAPE, FLAS, Church Forum, UNICEF,and AMICAALL. Youth from America (both HIV positive and negative) and youth from Swaziland were trained and participated as youth leaders during the three day summit of 175 youth at the Ezulwini Conference Center in Swaziland. Objectives of this successful summit were to : (a) encourage youth to delay sexual debut and participate in lifelong learning and decision-making that will promote positive behavior change, (b) to support the creation of a supportive and conducive environment for vulnerable children in schools and communities, (c) reduce the stigma and discrimination on adolescent sexuality and HIV and AIDS through shared knowledge and information, (d) promote young peoples' participation and creating strengthened parental involvement in issues affecting their children and other young people,(e) promote voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) to reinforce behavior change options and messages and (f) strengthen partnership between Swaziland and the United States of America (USA) initiatives relating to HIV and AIDS.

Project Africa Global volunteer Family Medicine physicians provided hospital and clinical services in urban and rural areas to children and adults. Most commonly treated conditions include: HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections, Tuberculosis, pneumonia,Viral URI, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, dermatitis, vaginal infections, otitis media and externa, pharyngitis, malnutrition, gastritis, diarrhea and parasite and worm infestation, pre and post-natal care.

Our general surgeons performed appendectomies, machete lacerations, bowel resections, various orthopedic procedures, trauma surgery and aortic aneurysm repairs. Project Africa Global OB/GYN surgeons provided services that included: care of complicated OB patients such as severe pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, HIV infected patients, post dates, fetal distress, protracted labor, multiple cesarean sections, incomplete AB's, ectopic pregnancies, retained products, hysterectomies (vaginal and abdominal), exploratory laparotomies for pelvic abscesses and masses, PID and adult circumcisions and treatment for abnormal menstrual bleeding and infertility counseling.

Project Africa Global obtained donations of over $500,000 (USD) in medical and surgical equipment, medicines, school books and supplies, clothing, shoes and eye glasses to support our mission in Swaziland. Educational services, brail books, school supplies, music and tape recorders were provided for the St Josephs School for the Blind. Project Africa Global adopted the McCorkindale Orphanage for boys and girls and supplied the children with, educational supplies, clothing, shoes, HIV/AIDS education, tutoring services medicines physical medical exams and referrals, and two water tanks for the orphanage. Our services also included an assessment of a second orphanage, the Zondle Manzini Boys Home for our 2006 mission. We wish to provide assistance with clothing, shoes, school supplies and promotion of self sustainability through providing seedlings for growing crops for sale and consumption as well as live stock.

September 2004 Swaziland, Southern Africa
21 physicians, nurses, physicians-in-training, medical students, dentist, high school students, and educators provided medical, surgical and humanitarian services to multiple urban communities and rural villages. Project Africa obtained donations of over $500,000 (USD) in medical and surgical equipment, medicines, school books, school supplies, clothing, shoes and eye glasses to support our mission in Swaziland. Educational services, brail books, school supplies, music and tape recorders were provided for the St Josephs School for the Blind. Project Africa Global adopted the McCorkindale Orphanage for boys and girls and supplied the children with water tanks, educational supplies, clothing, shoes, medicines, medical exams and referrals.

April 2004 Ghana, West Africa
A team of doctors, nurses, physicians in training, dentists, high school students, and educators returned to Ghana with continued medical and surgical services at the Buduburum Liberian Refugee Camp, local elementary school physicals, local health centers, Cape Coast, Kumasi and the St Martins Hospital. While at the St Martins hospital, operative procedures, c-sections and follow-up and primary care services were provided. Our pharmacist established the first on-site pharmacy and dispensed over $ 40,000 worth of prescribed medications.

August of 2002 Swaziland, Southern Africa
A team of 19 health professionals from the U.S.A. conducted a fact-finding trip to Swaziland at the request of the government. Our team was instrumental in providing three tons of medicine along with assisting thousands of school-aged children with educational literature, and medical supplies. Project Africa volunteers worked directly with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the government to focus on HIV/AIDS education and intervention. Our nurses, physicians and pharmacists provided direct patient care to hundreds of men, women and children of all ages in the urban and rural clinics and homesteads. Project Africa teachers assisted at a school for the blind with educational materials, supplies and volunteering in the classroom. In addition, the school named a building" The Floyd Henry Center for the Blind", after one of our most senior members for his hard work and dedication to the school. Project Africa members adopted a blind student, provided clothing and assistance with surgery for one of the students to restore partial sight. Physicians made field visits with the in-country public health nurses as well as made home visits with the Swaziland Hospice nurses. Many participants had never received care from a physician. Project Africa members walked hand in hand with Swaziland Hospice Fund Raising volunteers in a 17 mile walk, thereby establishing a collaboration for future Project Africa endeavors.

March 2002 Ghana, West Africa
30 Project Africa Volunteers conducted the fifth medical humanitarian aid project to the Buduburum Liberian Refugee Camp. Our members assisted in the distribution of food and other supplies to the displaced refugee population. Swaziland, Medical/Surgical Care, Orphans and vulnerable children services.

June 2001 Swaziland, Southern Africa
A 35-member team of doctors, nurses, educators and support staff treated several thousand patients. Our group was able to provided the government with two tons of medications, supplies and health education literature on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Swaziland has the largest per capita infection rate of HIV/AIDS is in world. Over one third of the women of reproductive age are infected with HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. Most of these women have unknowingly infected their children. Parents die and some children are left with relatives while others become the heads of households at very young ages.

January 2001 Ghana, West Africa
A team of 28 doctors, nurses, educators, and social workers provided medical relief to over 1000 patients in our fourth medical relief mission to the Liberian Buduburum refugee camp. Malnutrition, diarrheal disease, and opportunistic infections continued to be the top causes of morbidity. Food and clothing distribution as well as educational assistance was provided to the children at the camp. Swaziland Medical and Surgical Care.

June 2000 Ghana West Africa
The Project Africa Team returned to the Buduburum Liberian Refugee camp supplied with food, clothing, medicine and medical supplies to treat over 1,500 patients. Swaziland medical and surgical care.

November 1999 Liberia, West Africa
Project Africa Global provided direct medical humanitarian assistance to the displaced population of Monrovia Liberia as well as medical support to the staff and students at the JFK Hospital in Liberia.

November 1998 Ghana, West Africa
Our doctors, nurses, health educators and social workers treated over 1000 refugees and provided medical supplies and technical assistance to the Police and Military hospital along with the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Trust Hospital in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment education

October 1998 Ghana, West Africa
Project Africa Global volunteers began their journey of medical humanitarian services at the Liberian Refugee Camp, Gomoa Buduburam Ghana, treating over 600 refugees.