How We Help

Over decades Africa has seen its academia and intellectual elite leave the continent for work abroad. Sadly, almost all fail to return.

This 'brain drain' has always gripped skilled health workers more than any other profession and the facts are sobering.

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The Brain Drain

The World Health Organisation estimates that 23,000 health workers leave Africa annually and that now only 800,000 remain.

In Zimbabwe, three-quarters of doctors emigrate within a few years of
graduation.

The number of doctors from Ghana now registered in UK has more than doubled between 1999 to 2004

There are more Malawian doctors working in Manchester, UK than in the whole of Malawi.

Each year Malawi trains 60 nurses but loses 100,
many to UK.

What we do to help

In the 1990's, the world woke up to Africa's problems. In early 1994, the then Prime Minister for United Kingdom, Tony Blair founded the Commission for Africa to address the problems in the continent. In March 2005, the 17 appointed Commissioners, nine of which were from Africa, published their report 'Our Common Interest'. In this report they present a coherent package to achieve the Commission's goal of a strong and prosperous Africa.

As part of their recommendations to improving the existing healthcare systems, the report states '...donors and African governments should urgently invest in training and retention to ensure there are an additional one million health workers by 2015.'

While diseases of poverty remain the scourge of sub-Saharan Africa, there is another killer that is rapidly gaining a foothold in the continent - ischaemic (coronary) heart disease. This is the leading cause of death in the Western World and until very recently was thought to be almost absent in Africa. However, in an enlightening article published in Heart (journal) in June 2008 titled 'Ischaemic Heart Disease in Africa' the author clearly states,

'Current projections for burden of disease suggest that IHD (ischaemic heart disease) will become the leading cause of death in this (sub-Saharan Africa) region by 2030 unless preventive action is taken now.'

The existing disease burdens, the 'brain drain' afflicting the region as well as the projected trends in killers such as ischaemic heart disease have led to the establishment of Pan Africa Heart Foundation (PANAHF). Presently, PANAHF is a charitable organisation registered in UK (company registration 1138922) as well as Kenya as a non-government organisation (NGO). The organisation has been founded by healthcare professionals residing in UK and Africa.

We believe that to provide long-lasting and sustainable healthcare development in sub-Saharan Africa, significant investment in teaching and training programmes is required.

Provide free or subsidised medical care.