Afya Foundation, Inc.

Yonkers, NY   |  www.afyafoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the Afya Foundation of America: Supplies for Life is to provide the medical, surgical and community-health inventories needed to support well-established health initiatives in Africa and the Caribbean. The Afya Foundation serves as a donation-based clearinghouse, with the primary intent of partnering and supporting established organizations in the international health community. Since its inception in late 2007, the Afya Foundation has partnered with a vast network of donor hospitals, health organizations and corporations. It has successfully gathered and sorted supplies and repaired equipment that are being discarded due to the strict healthcare regulations under which they operate. Afya collects, sorts and packs these recovered supplies so they can be shipped via container filled with to Africa and the Caribbean. These efforts are only the beginning, and every single item in these shipments represents Afya's ongoing commitment to put all the materials gathered from the New York healthcare market to their optimal use abroad.

Our reliability and efficiency has aided in our partnering with numerous organizations that represent program excellence in the international public health sector. We are a supply source for many international health organizations. We have established relationships with leaders in-country throughout Africa. Afya strives to be a highly efficient and effective source of recycled medical supplies, while simultaneously enabling systematic change in health care delivery abroad. Afya also contributes to positive health and environmental outcomes by reducing medical waste incineration.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder, Executive Director

Ms. Danielle Butin

Chairman of the Board

Mr. James E. Odell Esq.

Main address

140 Saw Mill River Road

Yonkers, NY 10701 USA

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EIN

26-1300361

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (E19)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

International Relief (Q33)

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Our programs

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Custom Containers: Supplies for Life

Afya collects surplus medical supplies from New York area hospitals, health care facilities, and homes. These supplies are shipped for the support of well-established and sustainable initiatives in under-served developing countries in need of improved access and quality in health care in Africa and the Caribbean.

Population(s) Served

Whether you are traveling with a mission group to volunteer in a remote village, studying abroad, or going on Safari with friends, Afya Foundation’s Luggage for Life program is a great way for travelers to make a powerful impact. Luggage for Life is meaningful, environmentally friendly and simple- we provide you with a 50 pound second piece of luggage filled with crucial medical supplies to deliver to your site abroad.

The Luggage for Life duffel carries 50 pounds of supplies – this can include items such as bandages, dressings, gauze, birth kits, syringes, surgical gowns, gloves, sutures, etc.

Population(s) Served

At Afya, we’re busy every single day collecting, sorting, inventorying and shipping out medical and humanitarian supplies across the globe. But when a disaster hits—an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane or epidemic—we have to spring into disaster mode. This brings an entirely different rhythm to our work. Afya maintains a large network of donor hospitals and an active volunteer program at our warehouse, which allows us to respond rapidly and efficiently to global health crises that arise after natural disasters.

Afya has responded to disasters internationally, in Haiti (Earthquake, 2010), Japan (Tsunami, 2011), Pakistan (Severe Flooding, 2011), Philippines (Typhoon, 2013), Sierra Leone (Ebola, 2014), Liberia (Ebola, 2014), and Nepal (Earthquake, 2015).

Population(s) Served

Our mission is to improve maternal and children’s health by providing midwives, community healthcare workers and physicians with the supplies they need to safely care for mothers and newborns. The majority of maternal and infant deaths occur because healthcare workers do not have a sufficient amount of basic medical supplies, including gauze, sanitary material to prevent infection and sutures.

Afya’s birth kits include: sanitizer, plastic gloves and sheeting, razors, umbilical ties, diapers, baby blankets and hats, and rain gear for midwives who deliver babies in challenging environmental conditions. We collect the supplies for birth kits and our volunteers sort and pack them at our warehouse. We have distributed over 3,000 birth kits through our Luggage for Life program and in maternal health container shipments.

Population(s) Served

The Afya warehouse is one of the few organizations in our community that provides structured volunteer programs for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities. Women, men and children from these groups are often marginalized in our community. Our goal is to use the Afya warehouse and our active volunteer program to empower these volunteers and to help them engage with our global Afya community.

By volunteering at the Afya warehouse and working with our Occupational Therapy interns, individuals from these groups develop confidence, become more independent and learn vocational skills that are useful for a range of jobs. Each week we host 21 volunteer groups from 8 different agencies that serve individuals with mental and physical disabilities in New York City and Westchester.

Population(s) Served

Volunteers help us sort, inventory and pack supplies that will be shipped to our partners around the world.

Population(s) Served

HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS:
Afya provides opportunities for high school students from the Westchester area to intern during the school year and summer. Our high school interns, in addition to helping the foundation conduct research, sort supplies and write project proposals, often start Afya clubs at their schools and become leaders in their academic communities. Interns should have an interest in public health or international development and should be very comfortable conducting independent work.

COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS:
Afya’s summer undergraduate interns research and design project proposals to address a wide range of public health and development issues. Afya also serves as a fieldwork site for Occupational Therapy (OT) graduate students throughout the year. OT students are supervised by the Executive Director, and work with our volunteer groups from YAI, Westchester ARC, Riverdale Mental Health and other organizations dedicated to people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

AFYA FELLOWSHIPS:
Afya Fellows serve as regional coordinators for medical supply donations. Our fellows work with the clinics and hospitals in their communities to organize the collection and transportation of donated medical supplies and equipment. This allows us to significantly expand our network of donor institutions and increase the amount of supplies that we ship abroad.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Welcome Back Award for Community Service Programming for People with Depression 2010

Eli Lilly and Company

Turkish Cultural Center, Westchester 2nd Annual Women’s Appreciation Ceremony 2014

Humanitarian Award

Women of Distinction 2014

New York State Senate

Leadership in Humanitarian Response: Ebola Response 2015

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Millenium Development Goals: Progress Award 2015

United Nations

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To improve quality and access to healthcare services in the developing world;
2. To provide a simple mechanism for US based healthcare institutions and professionals to contribute to both global health and increased access;
3. To reduce the environmental impact in our own country, by diverting “waste" from landfills and incineration, to the most underserved people in other countries who are in need of these items.

Collection: The Afya team has established a strong medical product/surplus donor network in the Northeast of the United States including major hospital systems, the community of bereaved and community collections. This has facilitated a growing and robust inventory of medical supplies and equipment along with humanitarian goods for recipients abroad to choose from that provides a strong match to their unique needs.

Fulfillment: When a well-established on-the-ground organization overseas determines that they are interested and able to receive a shipment of supplies, they submit a holistic product wish list. As Afya is strongly committed to a holistic approach to health care, discussions ensue between the recipient organization and an Afya staff member to determine goals and capability. Often this leads to identification of other items that, if not in our current inventory, we can attempt to source from specific suppliers. Each container shipped is tailored to the unique needs of the recipient in each country abroad.

The Afya team has established a strong medical product/surplus donor network in the Northeast of the United States. This has facilitated a growing and robust inventory for recipients abroad to choose from that provides a strong match to their unique needs. Our staff is well informed of international customs, regulations shipment requirements and methodologies for product delivery and distribution. We work closely with our international partners to ensure that rigor, compliance and diligence is followed.

Working in 61 nations, including the United States, Afya has:

• Delivered over 6 million pounds of donated medical supplies, equipment and humanitarian provisions to some of the most underserved people in the world, while simultaneously sparing local landfills and incineration facilities.
• Shipped over 211 40-foot containers to medical facilities and clinics around the globe.
• Sent a total of 2,700,000 pounds of emergency supplies to Haiti, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal and Sierra Leone (Ebola)
• Sent $26,000,000 worth of supplies abroad via 211 containers, airlifts, specialized medical mission shipments and 430 Luggage for Life duffel bags.
• Been a reliable and efficient partner with other programs of excellence in the international public health sector.
• Has created an ongoing Rehab Medicine Program in Haiti and has trained 33 Haitian rehab medicine technicians and adaptive builders enabling them to find employment by providing care and rehab products to over 6,900 patients to date.

Financials

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Afya Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. James Odell

Blank Rome LLP


Board co-chair

Ms. Beth Stevens

James E. Odell

Black Rome, LLP

John Dietz

Grey Healthcare Group

Barry Brick

Strenta Investment Management

Lloyd B Gayle

Weil Medical College of Cornell University

Cynthia McCollum

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jacques Moritz

Mount Sinai Roosevelt/Mount Sinai St. Lukes

Sachin Shah

IBM

Binoy K Singh

Lenox HIll Hospital

Beth Stevens

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes