MAF works to provide isolated communities with access to healthcare through our flying doctor services. We also help stem the tide of disease and sickness by distributing mosquito netting and vaccines.
For example, in the tiny African nation of Lesotho, nearly 300,000 people living in the mountains depend on the Lesotho Flying Doctor Services LFDS doctor teams that serve at one of 10 rural clinics, two health outposts, and four district hospitals on a weekly basis. Thanks to MAF flights, those rural clinics remain stocked with medicines and other equipment. In addition, MAF also conducts emergency medical evacuation flights (medevacs), many of which are for mothers in labor.
In total, nearly 90 percent of MAF flights made in Lesotho are medical related, but this kind of work is not unique to Lesotho. In fact, in most of the countries that MAF operates, we provide some type of assistance with helping to keep rural community health clinics stocked, providing a means for doctors and healthcare practitioners to access communities in need, and provide on-call medevac services that can mean the difference between life and death for someone in need.
Here are just a few of the ways that MAF’s Flying Doctor Services make an impact in the world:
- Regular medical safaris – strategically planned and organized week-long excursions into the farthest corners of the most isolated regions, bringing doctors and specialized equipment to do consults and triage in remote communities.
- Remote eye clinics, serviced by optometrists who bring their equipment to remote villages.
- Patient transfer to and from local hospitals for surgeries and critical care.
- MAF delivers vaccines and other practical help including mosquito netting and water purification tablets and filters.
- Travelling dental clinics made possible by MAF, see teams of dentists brought to remote clinics to conduct surgical and preventative dental care.