The West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF), a non-governmental not-for-profit organization, was founded and registered in Ghana in 1999 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 put all his energy into supporting terminally ill ones with end-of-life care and after managing Care One Hospice in Riverside California for years, he moved his generous support to Africa by setting up WAAF in Ghana.
Between 1999 and now, the organization, together with its onsite clinic, the International Health Care Center (IHCC) have continued to provide education, screening, testing and treatment services to especially the marginalized in society. Additionally, WAAF has partnered like- minded entities to battle hurdles such as stigma and discrimination, human rights abuses, inequities and poverty breaking the cycles of vulnerability for enhanced health outcomes.
WAAF provides integrated health services to ensure comfort for its clients. For HIV and Tuberculosis, two priority areas for WAAF and IHCC, the provision of services across the care cascade is of utmost importance. This has been possible through the unique collaboration between WAAF, the NGO and IHCC, the community level medical care facility.
Although operating from within Ghana, where the head office is based, WAAF has presence in some West African countries.
Our Core Values
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
We value the collaboration of all entities in working towards a common goal
Combating HIV and AIDS
- 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 the 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
Milestones in the WAAF/IHCC journey
- Dr. Vanderpuye – Donton publishes her first memoir detailing her 16 years of work at WAAF/IHCC
- WAAF receives consultancy from Pfizer through Pyxera Global to help WAAF develop a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and implementation plan
- WAAF initiates differentiated services delivery through the converting of a VAN into a Mobile Clinic
- Dr. Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye – Donton takes over as CEO from Eddie Donton
- WAAF organizes an HIV awareness concert with Rocky Dawuni and various other artists at the Alliance Fancier that attracted over 5000 people
- WAAF/IHCC in collaboration with the Network of Persons Living with HIV advocate for equal pricing of ARVs at Private and Public Health Facilities
- WAAF officially starts its Orphans and Vulnerable Children project, meant to provide tailored services to children of PLHIV
- WAAF/ IHCC started the program ‘Healthy Mothers equal Healthy Babies’ – a program in collaboration with GladStar Ministries Inc and funded and supported by GladStar’s CEO, nutritionist, and HIV expert Stella Lowe.
- WAAF in collaboration with Canadian Crossroads International partnered with the AIDS Committee of Ontario, Canada under the leadership of Elizabeth Dove, Peter Hayes, and Sue Brooks to foster an exchange program for staff and PLHIV
- WAAF and IHCC take part in pushing for the involvement of private facilities in HIV care
- WAAF organizes an HIV awareness day with Rocky Dawuni on Ghana’s Independence Day at the Labadi Beach that attracted over 5000 people
- WAAF joins a group of like-minded organizations (Hope for Future Generations, Socioserve Ghana, Society of Women Against AIDS in Africa) and start the Non- State Actors for Health and Development Platform, meant to advocate for enhanced health outcomes for all.
- In collaboration with both public and private health facilities, WAAF/IHCC start their PMTCT services
- WAAF / IHCC shift from facility level hospice care to home-based hospice care after providing in house hospice care to over 400 terminally ill AIDS patients
- WAAF / IHCC become an accredited Anti Retroviral treatment site and join the Rainbow Network of Private ART facilities
- WAAF organizes a grand public awareness (the Voices Against AIDS Concert – with 14 top music artists and drama groups) at the Independence Square that attracted over 30,000 people
- WAAF starts the provision of services to corporate bodies
- WAAF receives funding from Barclays Bank for HIV preventative activities
- WAAF gives birth to the Almond Tree Group – one of the first PLHIV support groups born out of the hospice program that sought to provide occupational therapy to stronger patients on admission
- WAAF in collaboration with AIDS for AIDS Africa, Economic Development for Africa, Dr. Eric Fleishman, Anita Williams and 20 other medical personnel from Los Angeles, United States, provide training on Universal precautions on HIV/AIDS to medical doctors from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, provided treatment services at the Bujumbura Refugee Camp.
- WAAF is the first NGO to start community-level HIV Testing Services
- WAAF receives Consultancy support from the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) company through Pyxera Global to help
- WAAF/IHCC, in collaboration with the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners, develop a framework for enhanced involvement of private health facilities in HIV and TB care
- WAAF and its onsite private health facility are among the first organizations in Ghana to implement PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) services.
- WAAF opens a branch in Nigeria and starts the process of registration in Mali
- WAAF / IHCC develop a National Home-Based Care Training Manual commissioned by the Ghana AIDS Commission
- WAAF implements the first-ever Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) project funded by the Global Fund
- WAAF/IHCC move from their Roman Ridge premises to the Haatso premises
- WAAF establishes a concrete HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Prevention for Schools dubbed the Passion Squad
- WAAF starts officially hosting interns from across the globe for various internship positions
- WAAF/IHCC initiate its first LGBT project entitled Health Equity Project in collaboration with New York University
- WAAF registered in Ghana as an NGO to support IHCC (then a hospice) with HIV and associated conditions preventative activities.