Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AIDSfreeAFRICA's 2011 success stories:

The collaboration started in June 2010. Here Dr. Hodel
accompanied Dr. Christopher Ekom from the US Embassy
Business Development Department meets with thirteen
Cameroon government officials at the Ministry of Public Health. 
We are celebrating 2011, the year large scale solid oral tablet drug production started in Cameroon. The companies are owned and run by Cameroonians. We are honored to be invited to contribute to their endeavor.  
AIDSfreeAFRICA receives NGO (non-profit) status in Cameroon and meets high level government officials.

Jan. 2011 Minister of Public Health signs "Letter of Collaboration".

In this letter he succinctly summarizes AIDSfreeAFRICA's work in six bullets. Here are the six bullets and the successful projects AIDSfreeAFRICA is working to advance:

1. Support Cameroonians to locally produce drugs;
2011 Check  : Providing crucial quality control equipment.  

2. Improve drug access;
2011 Check  : Expanded revolving drug programs in Limbe and Esu.

3. Train locals and pharmaceutical personnel;
2011 Check  : Trained 6 volunteers to conduct AIDS testing in Esu.

4. Identify and provide skilled human resources from abroad to villages
and local pharmaceutical companies on voluntary basis;
2011 Check  : Send medical doctor currently volunteering in Esu.

5. Encourage the twinning of US pharmaceutical companies and those of Cameroon;
2011 Check   : Students 2 Science donates $1/4 million worth of equipment.

6. Encourage the twinning of US Universities and those of Cameroon for scientific research. 
2011 Check   : Getting the American Chemical Society involved, donating  teaching equipment.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Please donate used laptop computers

I can not help it but look at this photo. In fact, I can not take my eyes of it. What a love and devotion! In Cameroon being poor does not mean not having children. Although more people there are now making the connection how expensive children are and reducing the number of birth. In the mean time, and for those born already, it is important make sure they are send to school and provided medical care, jobs and the knowledge of how to deal with HIV/AIDS.

What can you do?
photo arranged by Becky S. Bamenda, Cameroon
AIDSfreeAFRICA is sending a container with urgently needed medical equipment, such as an ultra sound machine donated by Phelps Memorial Hospital, vitamins by the HealthSmart Pharmacy in Ossining and much more. We still have space in the container that leaves April 14. We are looking for donations of all these items listed here. If you are in the Westchester, NY or NYCity/Queens area and have any of this, please contact us. If you can send it via UPS, great.
We love to hear from you. See our web site for contact information and how to donate money on the upper right hand of the home page. Thank you!

Question? call 914-923-2073 better write to

NEW: we are looking for small kitchen machines such as blender, food processors, juicers, iron, elect. saver (men), also:
utility knifes, sturdy, heavy
Antibacterial bar soap
Assorted disposable paper plates, bowls and napkins - all sizes
Baby diapers/Pull-Ups
Baby oil, powder, lotion and mineral oil
Baby wipes (wet)
Bicycles for children
College text books, all departments
Children's Books (all levels/types)
Clear scotch tape

Disposable powdered latex gloves

Duct tape/Packaging tape

Ultra Sound machine, Echocardiogram machine

Ear Nose Throat doctors office (all equipment therein)
Insulin syringes

Shaver, electric
Knitting yarn, sewing thread, needles, etc.
Laptop computer (working order)
Linen (bedsheets, towels, etc.)
Women parfums
Men's aftershave

Oxygen concentrators (emphesima and similar breathing problems)
Medical laboratory equipment for full blood analysis, EKG
Optical microscope
Copy machines, office style, prefer Cannon or HP
Pens, Pencils, Paper
Petroleum Jelly (regular or cocoa butter)
Printer, office style
Razor blades (the old fashioned double edged kind)
Refrigerators (220, 110 Volt, or low volt 12V)
Scale (to weigh people)
Science school books (high school/college level)
Shoes and sneakers in good condition
Soccer balls
Soccer Cleats (adults and children sizes)

Tractor /plus attachments

Ultra Sound machine, Echocardiogram machine
Winter Clothes - Infant and Children's sizes
Zipper bags (gallon size) for food storage

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kick it to Cameroon

Benwie Kalawie, Bafut, Cameroon
To see the girls play click on this link
It started rather innocently. A small girl asking for a soccer ball.

Female volunteer trainers
It then snow balled into this campaign, called "Kick it to Cameroon". At least four different groups in Westchester including Mahopac, Yorktown  and New York City asked their kids soccer clubs to donate equipment. Betti Lewis, an AIDSfreeAFRICA volunteer, offered to help coordinate the collection and transport. Dr. Paul Winslow, a scientist running an educational non-profit called "Science 2 Students" was building cargo container crates for AIDSfreeAFRICA to ship drug production equipment. He stuffed the balls into the gaps and then built an additional crate for the soccer equipment. A shipper then accompanied the container to Cameroon, successfully getting it through customs without the loss of a single ball! A friend receiving diapers for his handicapped adult son, picked up the goods from Douala, transported it to Bamenda, and finally, myself and AIDSfreeAFRICA country representative Mr. Polycarp carried it off to the village of Esu.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cameroon Pharmaceutical Industry, Cinpharm

click drawing to see company web site  

Cinpharm is a 24 million US dollar high tech production facility owned and operated by Cameroonians, CEO Mr. Celestin Tawamba. The factory went into production of 40 essential drugs and IV fluids with high capacity output.

Cinpharm signs collaboration agreement with AIDSfreeAFRICA  
Cinpharm signs collaboration agreement with AIDSfreeAFRICA. Picture from left: Dr. Ernest Tonye, Cinpharm; Dr. Efange, University of Buea; Dr. Issa Hamadjoda, Cinpharm; Dr. Rolande Hodel, AIDSfreeAFRICA.
In addition to asking for equipment, the company seeks to hire highly trained manangerial and scientific personnel, is looking for reliable cost efficient sources for raw materials and support with maintenance and trouble shooting.
AIDSfreeAFRICA is reaching out to the Cameroonian diaspora working in US as Pharmacists to return to Cameroon. We are also collaborating with the American Chemical Society and the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry to attract qualified personal.

Dr. Paul Winslow and Dr. Rolande Hodel
AIDSfreeAFRICA delivered analytical equipment worth ½ million $US. The used equipment was donated by US Pharmaceutical companies, collected and crated by Dr. Paul Winslow, head of a New Jersey based non-profit called “Students 2 Science”.

Four analytical instruments plus spare parts
Good Manufacturing Procedure or GMP, it is the standard followed in the Pharmaceutical Industry the world over. GMP requires that every batch of drugs produced has to be analyzed for its quality. One of the machines needed to comply with this standard is called a HPLC which stands for High Pressure Liquid Chromatography. It confirms that the correct active drug is in a tablet in the correct amount. It would also show if there are impurities present.
Cinpharm has a few of these machines but its growing manufacturing requires more of these expensive tools. Thus Cinpharm asked asked AIDSfreeAFRICA for one machine. Dr. Hodel came back to the US, asking for three, Paul Winslow offered four machines and much more. 

Fron Left: Dr. Issa Hamadjoda, Cinpharm,
Dr. Simon Efange, Universitry of Buea, Dr. Rolande Hodel
Opening Cinpharm's doors, literally, AIDSfreeAFRICA introduces  Prof. Efange from the University of Buea to Dr. Hamadjoda. Bringing people together, bringing resources, networking within Cameroon and across continents, is what Dr. Hodel enjoys most. 
The University benefited from the shipment by receiving UV-vis photo spectrometer, rotor evaporators, water purification units, glassware and more. Amazingly, whatever was not useful to industry was highly sought after by the University. Nothing went to waste, even the optical microscope, it went north to a small medical clinic.