Who is WAAF?
West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization, registered in Ghana in 1999 with the Registrations General and the Social Welfare Department.
It was founded by Eddie Donton after losing his first son to sickle cell disease at the age of 7 when residing in California. As a way of grieving, Eddie decided to find a way to deliver end-of-life care to those who needed it. He set up WAAF in Ghana to serve the region of West Africa due to the desperate need for quality health care, especially for HIV and AIDS patients in the region.
For the past 20 years, the organization, together with its onsite clinic, has been able to provide education, screening, testing and treatment to the marginalized in society thanks to the generous support of various people and organizations. Additionally, children orphaned by AIDS have received support such as funds needed to enrol and keep them in school, ensuring they do not fall prey to the vicious cycle of poverty, vulnerability and illiteracy.
Track record of WAAF and IHCC:
- 1463 AIDS patients provided with end-of-life care, ensuring a dignified death
- 3.8 million Ghanaians reached with sexual and reproductive health, including HIV, education
- 4.4 million Ghanaians reached with education on infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, etc.
- 82,542 tested for HIV, TB, malaria
- 6200 provided with HIV treatment including antiretroviral treatment, full treatment of tuberculosis, malaria, etc.
- 2400 children saved from mother-to-child transmission of HIV, contributing to Ghana’s national efforts in this regard
- 368 vulnerable children helped to enrol, stay and complete education up to at least secondary school level and others assisted to enrol into vocational schools
- Ongoing medical outreaches to schools, targeting the youth and hard to reach communities reaching out to the marginalized with health education, screening and testing of various health conditions.
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.
Our Core Values:
- 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
- to contribute to the efforts of Ghana and the West African Region in combating HIV and AIDS infection
- to champion Ghanaians and other West Africans to take charge of their health by reaching out to them with needed health services for behavioural change
- to provide comprehensive care, support and treatment to all persons living with HIV, TB and other related medical conditions
- to promote programs which respond to the needs of women and men, and those of all age groups
- to establish and strengthen the mechanisms of collaboration and joint management between HIV and TB projects
- to build capacity of the most vulnerable to ensure they can stand for their health rights
- to contribute to ensuring health for all including the socially excluded
Where we work
WAAF is present in 5 out of the 10 regions in Ghana. namely:
- Greater Accra region (our head quarters)
- Western Region
- Eastern Region
- Brong Ahafo Region
- Northern Region
Whilst the physical presence in these 5 regions allows for a sense of direct contact with the communities we work with, WAAF is able to reach out to the rest of the country through strong partnerships with local community-based organizations. Maintaining this strong local presence allows for direct implementation and supervision of projects.
Additionally, through collaborations with other mind like organizations, WAAF is building up on reaching out to other countries in the Sub Region. Examples of these are:
In collaboration with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and other allies, WAAF is a member of the West Africa Cervical Cancer Prevention Consortium. Other partnerships are in the pipeline.