In places where access to routine healthcare is practically non-existent, prevention becomes more important than ever.
Here in Canada, we take things like the eradication of polio and measles for granted, and we only concern ourselves with things like cholera and malaria when we plan vacations in developing or subtropical countries.
But for the people living there – especially in the remote and isolated communities – these preventable diseases can have a devastating impact on entire populations.
MAF works with local partners to reach thousands of communities with practical help.
- MAF delivers vaccines to remote areas, protecting children against polio, diphtheria, measles, and other illnesses. The speed and efficiency of MAF aircraft allows this precious cargo to reach remote villages in hours instead of days, ensuring that the “cold chain” is not broken and vaccinations remain effective.
- MAF helps deliver antimalarial drugs, testing equipment, and medical and technical teams, as well as mosquito netting to help prevent the onset of this disease in the first place.
- We transport nurse practitioners and other healthcare workers to remote communities, to provide training in disease prevention and sanitation.
- In places like the DR Congo, MAF has worked with agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat the spread of infectious disease like Ebola, and most recently we’ve been contracted to deliver prevention materials and testing equipment in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.