Started in 1957, the Medical Services Outreach Programme (MSOP) is AMREF Health Africa’s first programme. Over the years, MSOP has brought relief to millions of individuals living in remote, poor, and underserved communities.
Today the programme continues to serve marginalized communities across the region using AMREF Flying Doctors light aircraft, commercial flights, and road transport to visit more than 155 hospitals located in adjacent areas on planned circuits two to six times per year. Regular outreach visits are conducted in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan with specialized medical and surgical missions held in Senegal, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The surgical procedures performed included repairs for women with obstetric fistula, corrective surgery for children with cleft lip/palate or club feet, reconstructive surgery for children with post burn contractures, and eye operations to restore sight for the elderly.
In 2015, in the line with changing health systems and structures in the countries in the eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan), the program is taking a fresh look at the models that delivered these essential specialists services to under-served communities. All the countries are devolving to decentralized systems, with increasing autonomy and decision-making power delegates to regions, states, counties, and districts. These authorities now develop their own health plans and budgets, with strategic vision for long-term development within their own administrative areas.
Through revenue from the sale of our Maisha air ambulance cover, in 2015 AMREF Flying Doctors (AFD) provided a grant valued at $US250, 000 to support the work of the MSOP. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the health care system to provide essential quality medical and surgical services. To learn more, visit amref.org