The World Medical Fund for Children are a small/medium ‘hands-on’ charity registered in both the United Kingdom (registration number 1063756) and United States (EIN No 20-3519246). The fund was founded by ex-Health Service professionals who have wide ranging experience of development work in Africa. The day to day running of the projects is the responsibility of CEO Michael Burt and Programme Coordinator Nazlie Chan-Wing-Yen. They have a mobile surgical unit and a children’s mobile clinic.
The focus of WMF is on Africa’s poorest children; AIDS and war orphans, alongside other vulnerable children. The programme focuses on saving lives by making medical care available for the first time to village children, thus also easing pressure on the local communities by bolstering care. Due to the practical and cost-effective nature of the programme, WMF is able to treat over 30,000 children each year. A further focus of the charity is to successfully treat children suffering from AIDS, reducing the incidence of mother to child transmission of the HIV virus and providing HIV/AIDS education to ensure that the cycle can be broken.
The World Medical Fund for Children is headed by a board of governors, all whom give their time on a voluntary basis. They bring a range of skills to the charity, oversee the work and make the major policy and ethical decisions. WMF employs a team of over 150 people in Africa; 16 are full-time employees, with the remainder comprised of village volunteers.
Work undertaken by the WMF is mainly clinical with a small amount of public health education. This is not a hospital based elective as the charity runs mobile clinics for children.
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