Who is WAAF?
The West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) was set up in 1999 by Eddie Donton, a Ghanaian who eventually found himself in California, USA. Having lived for a few years in the UK and eventually moving to the USA, Eddie was a young man determined to make life much better for him and future family than he had experienced back home in Ghana.
After pursuing accounting, Eddie turned to Public Health, with the goal of helping people with chronic conditions. Before long, he opened a hospice centre in California. But, it was not long before the AIDS epidemic began and the hospice started to care for these patients; Eddie’s attention turned to the HIV and AIDS field in California and then back in Ghana.
It did not take long for Eddie to realize that things were very difficult in Ghana for people living with HIV and AIDS. With no insurance systems, much higher levels of stigma, and people ignorant to the illness, the idea came about to have a foundation that would seek financial assistance to enable the clinic to take care of the vulnerable as well as focus on prevention. The West Africa AIDS Foundation was born, and the attached clinic, the International Health Care Centre, was founded in Accra.
The main objectives for WAAF is to deliver prevention, behavioural, care and support services for the general population but with emphasis on key populations including MSM and FSW. Our ultimate goal is a future where HIV and AIDS is no longer an epidemic, and people are no longer stigmatised.
The organisation’s vision and mission guide daily and long-term operations, as detailed in the organization’s strategic plan document. WAAF uses this plan to effectively set programmatic operational priorities and financial targets.
To be a key player of the global effort to develop and support individuals, communities and nation.
To help battle the spread of HIV and AIDS, TB as well as other diseases and mitigate their effects on communities by providing care and support to promote healthier individuals and for a better future.
WAAF’s Core Values
The following core values reflect WAAF as an organization
- Human rights: We understand that each individual is entitled to fundamental rights regardless of their ethnicity, religion, language, location or health status
- Transparency and accountability: We ensure to be open and accountable to our members and partners through proper procedures and structures
- Respect for all: We ensure to treat all of our staff, patients, donors and partners with the respect and dignity they deserve
- Team work: We value the collaboration of all entities in working towards a common goal