Be The Solution
Deploying skills to improve the health of the underserved.
We believe that pragmatic solutions to the global healthcare crisis start with listening.
For us, this means listening to the needs of our region’s most vulnerable people as well as to the needs of doctors who want to serve them.
Since 2005, AHP has built up a broad and detailed knowledge base, giving us a good picture of where the problems are and what the most practical ways are to solve them.
Putting the right person in the right place
The power of placements
AHP has the bureaucratic know-how to get you registered as quickly as possible (and with the least amount of effort on your part).
We also have the local understanding and strategic relationships to place you in the facilities where you can gain and give the most – matching your skills and interests to local needs.
Our minimum one-year placements give you enough time to understand the needs of your setting, and to deliver on them.
Strengthening the fabric of care
Connect, learn and deliver
Experience has taught us that doctors who themselves feel cared for in turn offer the best clinical care. That’s why AHP works to ensure that our doctors feel connected and supported in their new environments, professionally and personally.
We provide you with a range of in-service learning and training opportunities as well as giving you the chance to share your skills and knowledge – from working with community health workers, to making systems improvements, to mentoring local health teams.
Just as our doctors learn from local teams, so too do local teams learn from our doctors. In these ways, AHP doctors are able to make a lasting impact, enabling better health outcomes long after their placements end.
Taking heart but looking ahead
AHP is on a mission. Since 2005 we have placed over 4,100 doctors, reaching more than 34-million patients in rural South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania.
The impact of just one doctor can be immense: in a paediatric department of a rural KwaZulu-Natal hospital, one additional doctor improved the mortality rate by 70%. Four extra doctors at a rural Eastern Cape hospital cut the maternal death rate from five to zero.
Numbers like these are just the start. But what they represent are real people, doctors and patients, whose lives are changed forever. AHP’s mission is under way, but the story of our success will be a collaborative one. And that story is still being written.
“You’re exposed to issues and pathology you just don’t see in the UK; working in different conditions, and with much more limited resources. So you’re initially stretched outside of your comfort zone every day. Although quite quickly your comfort zone moves and you realise you are capable of doing more than you thought you could.”
– Dr. Claire Hawcroft