Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund

… helping to heal the wounds of apartheid …
by Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund
Oakland, California, United States
Undated, 1988 or late 1987
2 pages
Type: Brochure
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: the urgent need ... • who we are … • how contributions have been channelled ... • future plans … • The brochure points out that South Africa's policy of racial segregation known as apartheid perpetuates enormous inequality of wealth, power and opportunity based on race - inequality that is seen in the health care system, as well. Well-equipped white hospitals that often are half empty for lack of patients are located within miles of poorly funded, ill-equipped, under-staffed black hospitals that turn away patients for lack of beds. In many rural areas, there are no hospitals or doctors to care for the black population. Apartheid is enforced by brutally repressive security forces, including by preventive detentions, bannings, beatings, torture and murder. Recent repression is aimed at black children, over 10,000 of whom are in detention. Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund (SAMAF) is a group of health professionals and others dedicated to helping heal the wounds of apartheid. SAMAF recognizes that apartheid must be totally dismantling; while working toward this end, it is committed to helping care for the survivors. SAMAF funds progressive medical projects serving the needy in South Africa and also looks forward to funding medical relief projects in Namibia and the Frontline States. The brochure quotes Mozambique President Samora Machel, who died in an airplane crash under mysterious circumstances. The brochure mentions infant and child mortality, malnutrition, tuberculosis (TB), the African National Congress (ANC) medical clinic in Lusaka, medical supplies, Kaglso Self Help and Advice Center, Kagiso Township, Alexandra Health Center and University Clinic, Alexandra Township, security forces, oppressive social conditions, Professor Moosa, Foundations for Peace (FFP), and European colonization.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers