Access Health Africa

Improving access to quality health services, education & resources through community-driven initiatives in Malawi

aka Formerly: World Camp, Inc   |   Boone, NC   |  www.accesshealthafrica.org

Mission

Improving access to quality health services, education & resources
through community-driven initiatives in Malawi.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our most recent annual reports can be found on our website, www.worldcamp.co. The files are too large to upload here.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Katherine Brennan

Board Member

Dr. Baker Henson

Main address

PO Box 57

Boone, NC 28607 USA

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Formerly known as

World Camp For Kids

World Camp

EIN

56-2219139

NTEE code info

Surgery (G9B)

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Our programs

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Outreach Through Education

HIV-prevention education is the cornerstone of our work in Malawi.

HIV prevalence rates in Malawi rank among the highest in the world and AHA aims to halt the spread of the deadly disease through educating children or right around the time of their sexual debut.

Our curriculum focuses on HIV-prevention and stigma reduction, deforestation, and gender empowerment - significant issues that present themselves in our partner communities.

This program is also a cultural exchange program as we trains volunteers from around the globe to teach our curriculum in our partner schools. This opportunity adds excitement to the experience for students and an invaluable opportunity for cultural exchange.

In addition to teaching what are called learners in Malawi (instead of the term student), AHA works with the teachers at a given school to ensure they are familiar with the information we are relaying to their learners and so that they can serve as a source of information and support when our organization is not present.

On the final day at a given school, learners present information they have learned to their community at-large. This allows adults to see that youths can be positive changemakers while also conveying life-saving information to more people.

Population(s) Served

Camp Hope is a residential summer camp for HIV-positive children in Malawi. The only camp of its kind in Malawi, Camp Hope offers our campers a chance to just be a kid with rare and incredibly important psychosocial support. A disease on the scale of HIV/AIDS has a large toll on both the positive individual and their family. For this reason, Camp Hope targets not only HIV-positive youths, but also their guardians.

Camp Hope responds to a series of unmet needs among HIV-positive youths in Malawi. Aside from the increased healthcare needs of our campers, HIV-positive children also face a world of secrecy and stigma. Camp Hope provides an environment in which campers can be open and honest about their HIV status and the challenges they face. Camp staff is trained to address the unique needs of our campers and activities at Camp are designed to be both fun and informative. Our campers must learn how to care for and advocate for themselves. Lastly, the opportunity for campers to bond with youths in similar positions, facing similar challenges is immeasurable.

In 2013, World Camp began to implement a follow-up program to the week of summer camp. Once a month, youths from the most recent Camp are brought back together. During these days campers receive further support, more education about the issues they face, and time to continue to build the bonds that were forged during Camp.

Additionally, the primary guardian of each camper are all brought together for a workshop in which they receive education about the challenges their camper faces and a forum for discussion and support.

Population(s) Served

Medical Missions
Complete surgical teams travel to Malawi, Africa to operate on those who otherwise may not have access to surgical services. We have been able to provide a broad range of procedures to the people of Malawi.

Volunteers, including doctors, nurses, and ancillary support staff, provide acute care to a population of patients who would otherwise not have access to medical care. Malawi has just one doctor per 50,000 people – one of the lowest levels in the world. Recent research found that there are only 37 working surgeons in Malawi, the population of which is estimated to be approximately 17 million people. That’s nearly half a million people per 1 surgeon!

MediServ is a program operated in conjunction with Operation Medical, who brings expertise in providing hands-on global healthcare to the partnership. World Camp staff works directly with healthcare providers in Malawi to locate individuals waiting for surgeries that MediServ volunteers can provide. Malawian providers help prepare patients and work hand-in-hand in providing medical care. MediServ volunteers have also supported emergency room staff as well as rural clinics.

Medical Education
Although funding for healthcare has increased in Malawi in recent years, there are simply not enough trained staff available. While the shortage of medical staff in Malawi has partly been caused by factors such as migration and a lack of access to education, it has also been directly aggravated by AIDS.

The National Association of Nurses in Malawi (NONM) estimates that four nurses are lost to HIV and AIDS related illness every month. By connecting volunteer health providers with under-served populations in Malawi, World Camp is working to provide a comprehensive continuum of services through medical mission trips.

A primary goal of Access Health Africa is not only to address the immediate, acute health issues in Malawi, but also to increase the capacity of the healthcare sector. MediServ volunteers work hand-in-hand with Malawian healthcare workers, providing experiential training to doctors, nurses, and medical students. Volunteers also provide lectures to medical students to add robustness and information on cutting-edge medical techniques

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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World Camp aims to break the generational cycle of poverty and disease in Malawi, Africa. Both poverty and disease have reinforcing outcomes that become the causes of the next generations poverty and disease. World Camp works with youths to break this cycle through increasing knowledge, capacity, confidence, and civic engagement.

We are working toward a healthy, HIV-free, empowered generation of leaders in Malawi.

World Camp has chosen to work in 11 partner communities because we aim to have a impact of great depth rather than breadth. We believe that building a partnership with community leaders anywhere we work is absolutely essential. Working in a handful of communities over time allows us to build these bridges.

Since our inception, World Camp has invested in youths, believing it is their passion and initiative that will shape the future of Malawi. Our programs focus on youths, and respect them as determiners of their own future and the future of their communities. We work to build the capacities and knowledge base of young people so that they are prepared to make educated and strategic decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Rather than offering people direct goods, World Camp focuses on intangibles - knowledge, skills, and psycho-social support.

We at World Camp consider ourselves experts on Malawi and HIV/AIDS that specialize in working with youths through education, knowledge transfers, and psycho-social support.

Being present in Malawi since 2001, World Camp has an innate understanding of the culture of Malawi. We are familiar with the power structure, key players, cultural norms, and community values and priorities.

World Camp has been working with the Malawi Ministry of Education for over a decade. We are knowledgeable of the school structure, the curriculum, personnel, laws and regulations, teaching methods and more.

Our flagship program, the Outreach Through Education program, has been in operation in Malawi since 2001. During that time, the curriculum that we teach students has been honed and specialized over our years in Malawi. We focus on issues that are particularly relevant to our partner communities.

We at World Camp measure our success with several metrics.

One metric is the number or people that we reach with our programs. We have taught over 22,000 youths about HIV, deforestation, and gender empowerment. We have also served well over 85,000 meals.

Another metric is our standing in the communities in which we work. Our standing in our 11 partner communities is superb. Community members understand what work we do and trust that our commitment is true.

We also measure success by program progress and growth. Our Camp Hope program continues to grow, providing more HIV-positive children with our services. Our after-school clubs continue to thrive and we have added new clubs to the program.

One area in which we hope to grow in the near-term is that of gathering more concrete numbers with which to illustrate our successes.

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Access Health Africa

Board of directors
as of 5/23/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Robert Lamb

Pinnacle Health

Baker Henson

Virginia Tech School of Medicine

Robert Lamb

State of North Carolina