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AIDSfreeAFRICA

  • Ossining, NY
  • www.aidsfreeafrica.org

Mission Statement

8500 people die every day in Sub-Saharan Africa due to lack of drugs. We support Africans to produce what they need.
The mission of AIDSfreeAFRICA is to empower the people of Africa to produce and access lifesaving drugs, diagnostic reagents and tests; to promote education about HIV/AIDS; and to support HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa.

Main Programs

  1. Revolving Drug Fund RDF
  2. Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacuring
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Need: To combat HIV/AIDS, especially in women.
Two-thirds of HIV/AIDS infected Cameroonians are women. Most are between 17 and 24 yars of age. Of the 40,000 people in Esu, in the Menchum division, 52% are under the age of 16. AIDSfreeAFRICA’s own testing indicates a 16% HIV rate, with a 2M:3F infection ratio. Lack of access to HIV/AIDS information is a major impediment to prevention and treatment. AIDSfreeAFRICA seeks to provide computer training and education on HIV/AIDS. The women of Esu seek such information; we believe it will reduce the number of individuals who contract HIV/AIDS.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Rolande Hodel

Keywords

Self-reported

generic, drugs, production, micro loans, AIDS, Malaria, diagnostic reagents, tests,

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EIN

65-1253816

 Number

2267659396

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

AIDS (G81)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Revolving Drug Fund RDF

Establish drug procurement and distribution. Preference is given to locally produced drugs. Training of local people who dispense the drugs. Also creating an income fore the rural clinic that is working with the RDF.

Category

People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Female Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacuring

Supporting Cameroons emerging pharmaceutical production. AIDSfreeAFRICA supports these local efforts through consulting, delivering know-how, teachnology and delivering of in-kind donations of production equipment.

Category

Regional Economic Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$550,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal is the emergence of a pharmaceutical infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa that provides Africans with access to affordable quality drugs, diagnostics and tests.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    AIDSfreeAFRICA gives technical advice and management expertise, arranges for training, provides donated equipment and makes available capital. AIDSfreeAFRICA facilitates the utilization of donor money in projects that have an immediate and profound impact on the lives of the recipients, their families and communities on a local level through microfinance programs. Money donated to AIDSfreeAFRICA will be used to create lasting structures that are self-sufficient, perpetual and eventually operated independent of AIDSfreeAFRICA . 2015 is AIDSfreeAFRICA's 10th anniversary. We are planing to roll out a hands-on training program that will strengthen the weak supporting infrastructure that is needed for local pharmaceutical production to flourish.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    AIDSfreeAfrica is a registered NGO in Cameroon.. President Rolande Hodel is a permanent resident of Cameroon. Cameroon Prime Minister Philemon Yang pledged his support to AIDSfreeAFRICA. Fon (Chief) of the village of Esu has provided Dr Hodel one hectare of land as guarantee for the projects in the village. Supporting the efforts of the Minister of Public Health, AIDSfreeAFRICA has offered to consult and train staff on issues of maximizing moneys from the Global Fund to eradicate TB, malaria and AIDS. Dr. Hodel's work in Cameroon is carried out by trained, supported collaborators with different expertise, such as medical, pharmaceutical and IT (computers). In the US AIDSfreeAFRICA is supported by over 100 cash donors, and many more in-kind donors resulting in the capacity to ship ocean containers with high quality used but needed goods for Cameroon hospitals, schools, Universities and companies.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    AIDSfreeAFRICA is succeeding based upon these indicators:
    1. Cameroonians are locally producing ~ 5% of the drugs they need.
    2. Cameroonians have improved access to needed drug.
    3. Training of locals and pharmaceutical personnel is improving
    4. AIDSfreeAFRICA has identified and provided skilled human resources from abroad to villages
    and local pharmaceutical companies on voluntary basis
    5. Facilitated the twinning of US pharmaceutical companies and those of Cameroon.
    6. Facilitated the twinning of US Universities and those of Cameroon for scientific research.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. Support Cameroonians to locally produce drugs; AIDSfreeAFRICA has provided more than $550,000 in crucial quality control equipment, mostly donated by US pharmaceutical companies and sipped to Cameroon.
    2. Improve drug access; AIDSfreeAFRICA has continually expanded revolving drug programs for clinics in rural villages such as Limbe and Esu to improve access for ordinary citizens to life-saving drugs.
    3. Train locals and pharmaceutical personnel: AIDSfreeAFrICA has trained 6 volunteers to conduct AIDS testing in Esu and provided 3000 AIDS tests.
    4. Identify and provide skilled human resources from abroad to villages and local pharmaceutical companies on voluntary basis: AIDSfreeAFRICA sends a medical doctor to the rural village of Esu. The doctor came back again and is planing to continue comming.
    5. Encourage the twinning of US pharmaceutical companies and those of Cameroon: AIDSfreeAFRICA arranged for Students 2 Science to donate $1/4 million worth of equipment for Cameroon drug production.
    6. Encourage the twinning of US Universities and those of Cameroon for scientific research. AIDSfreeAFRICA has gotten the American Chemical Society involved, donating teaching equipment.; also shipped thousands of textbooks to Cameroon universities. The latest shipment contains 30 large boxes of research laboratory equipment donated by Dr. Hodel's Alma Mater the City University of New York, Queens College. AIDSfreeAFRICA also collects used but 100% functional medical equipment - a recent arrival of an ultra sound machine was welcomed and celebrated and followed up with the request for more!
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Need: To combat HIV/AIDS, especially in women.
Two-thirds of HIV/AIDS infected Cameroonians are women. Most are between 17 and 24 yars of age. Of the 40,000 people in Esu, in the Menchum division, 52% are under the age of 16. AIDSfreeAFRICA’s own testing indicates a 16% HIV rate, with a 2M:3F infection ratio. Lack of access to HIV/AIDS information is a major impediment to prevention and treatment. AIDSfreeAFRICA seeks to provide computer training and education on HIV/AIDS. The women of Esu seek such information; we believe it will reduce the number of individuals who contract HIV/AIDS.

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AIDSFREEAFRICA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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AIDSfreeAFRICA

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Principal Officer

Dr. Rolande Hodel

BIO

I have known Rolande Hodel for several years. She is remarkably well-qualified for success by education and disposition. She is a recently-graduated Ph.D. in Chemistry with charismatic dedication to the global AIDS crisis centered in Africa. She is a good learner, and determined. She is a good speaker, who listens. She is a champion of equality and fairness and she is results-oriented.

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BOARD CHAIR

Elliott Bay

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