Access to healthcare is something we take for granted in the UK, but is practically non-existent in remote villages.
Diseases like malaria and AIDS, illnesses caused by unsafe drinking water, or easily treatable health complaints like hernias and cataracts, are sadly the cause of much suffering and death.
We fly in a range of medical professionals such as doctors, medics, surgeons and dentists, as well as equipment and medicines to enable thousands of men, women and children to be physically restored.
'The MAF plane got there in 10 minutes versus 10 hours of wading through the swamp. The airstrip meant that we could access this area safely, and shortly afterwards we ran a three-week eye clinic that enabled us to give sight back to hundreds of people who were suffering with cataracts and glaucoma.'Peter Muiruri, Emergency Preparedness Officer, CMA, 2013
As well as flying in medical aid, it is often necessary to fly people out. Illness, accidents and childbirth complications can be catastrophic for those living in remote and isolated areas. Hours or days of overland travel to reach the hospital are simply not an option for those with life-threatening medical problems. In these cases MAF is often the only way to reach the hospital in time. MAF conducts thousands of medical emergency flights every year, saving countless lives.
'An MAF flight can make the difference between a healthy newborn with a living, loving mom and an infant who is orphaned. Many literally owe their lives to an MAF programme.'Beth Elson, Country Director, Health Alliance International, Timor-Leste