YONKERS, N.Y., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Danielle Butin, founder and executive director of the Afya Foundation, a Yonkers-based not-for-profit medical supply recovery organization, gave a presentation at the 2nd African First Ladies Health Summit and Business Roundtable, which took place on April 2 and 3 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles, California. She also presented two Afya duffel bags full of medical supplies to each leader to be donated to a clinic in her country.
Afya was a Strategic Supporting Partner of the event, which was organized by US Doctors for Africa (USDFA), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the African Union Commission to the United States. At the summit, the first ladies of Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Guinea, Congo, Nigeria, Niger, Angola and Congo-Brazzaville met with American business leaders, NGOs, and foreign assistance agencies. The focus of the event was maternal health and, specifically, the "Every Woman, Every Child" campaign--a global effort launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the 2010 Millennium Development Goals Summit.
"US Doctors for Africa is proud to be Afya's ongoing partner," said Ted Alemayhu, USDFA's founder and chairman. "Afya plays a critical role in global health by providing access to vitally needed medical supplies and equipment.
"After her presentation and various private meetings with the African First Ladies, Butin said, "It was a true honor to meet these incredible leaders. Talking with them, sharing and problem solving together felt natural, easy and filled with mutual respect. Afya aims for long lasting and sustainable change. Our work with USDFA will create a platform for large scale support and ongoing access to the supplies needed to improve healthcare."
Inspired by the land, the people and the language, the name Afya is the Kiswahili word for good health. Founded in 2007, Afya has shipped nearly one hundred 40-foot containers holding more than 4 million pounds of medical and humanitarian supplies, with a combined value exceeding $23 million, to more than 32 countries. To facilitate these efforts, Afya has established a regional program to collect medical supplies from numerous venues around the New York area. The Afya Warehouse in Yonkers serves as a temporary supply storage facility where the supplies are sorted, inspected, boxed and packed for shipment by volunteers. Website (afyafoundation.org)
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