International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXIII 2012
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
Message from the President
Join Our Mailing List
 Thank You

The donations of our supporters, people like you, are largely responsible for the Foundation's positive impact as detailed in our newsletters. Thank you for your kind generosity and support in helping save lives and reduce suffering. Much more needs to be done, and it cannot happen without your support.


To make a donation to the International Fund for Africa, please visit  and click on "Donation". We also accept donations through Razoo and Chip In. Look for our new campaign from TwitPay.  


Quick Links
Follow us on Twitter

Find us on Facebook
Upcoming Events


February 9th, 2012
IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at Boston University, Boston, MA at the invitation of the Boston University African Student Association. Topics that will be covered will include: Rural Health Care and Development, The Effects of Climate Change, Human Population Growth, Modernity and Socio-Economic Power structures on Poverty and Hunger in Africa.


February 24, 2012
IFA board member, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, will be presenting a paper on prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease at the annual Ethiopian Medical Association Conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


February 24-March 6, 2012 International Fund for Africa is sponsoring a medical mission to Zemero, Ethiopia.


March 6-9, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at Lund University, Lund, Sweden as part of the Critical Animal Studies: Animals in Society, Culture and the Media program being introduced at Lund University in spring of 2012.


August 2-5, 2012
International Fund for Africa President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference in Washington, DC. IFA will also have an exhibit at the conference.

September 13-16, 2012
International Fund for Africa President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg.

Message from the President     


Dear IFA supporters,


As we usher in the new year, we would like to thank all of you for helping us achieve our modest goals. Though we have accomplished much this year, we have so much work to do before reaching our ultimate goal of fully funding all of our projects. The IFA team is determined to build on the successes of this past year, and we continue to rely on your support.

These are just a few of the things we accomplished in 2011:

Rural Medicine project 

  • We launched our first mission trip to Ethiopia in March of last year, treating over 800 people and identifying a handful of patients requiring immediate attention, whom we sent to the regional hospital. We were also able to treat at least 10 children in danger of losing their eyesight due to trachoma.  
  • IFA, with the help of St Mary's Hospital in Apple Valley, California, provided the Zemero clinic in Northern Shoa province, Ethiopia, with lab equipment worth nearly $70,000.

Neonatology project 

  • We contributed over $70,000 worth of medical equipment to Yekatit 12 hospital. Equipment worth $17,000 has already been delivered to the hospital, and the rest will arrive within the next few weeks.

Animal Projects 

  • IFA successfully convinced, and partly sponsored, the HSVMA team's first annual Surgical training program at the Jimma Veterinary School of Medicine. This program will continue to train veterinary students on a yearly basis.

Project to spread veganism in Africa 

  • IFA continues to support the Ethiopian Vegan Association. We are currently in the process of co-sponsoring a 2012 program with A Well-Fed World to feed homeless people in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A one-day conference addressing the benefits of a plant-based diet to human health, the environment, and animal welfare, will also be held in Addis Ababa.

Additional Accomplishments 

  • IFA created partnerships with local Ethiopian and International NGOs based in Ethiopia.  
  • We continued to support, for the 4th year in a row, the Ethiopian Medical Association by providing reward money for selected Ethiopian researchers.

Although we are extremely proud of these achievements, our excitement is dampened by the reality that a lack of funding prevented us from achieving all of our goals for 2011.

In our zeal, we focused too exclusively on making real progress in Ethiopia, and completely underestimated the time and energy needed to raise adequate funding.  We failed to articulate to supporters and potential supporters our pressing need for financial support.


Looking forward to 2012, therefore, one of our New Year's resolutions is to share with you, our supporters, our great need for robust financial support. We believe that with your help, we can accomplish our goals of alleviating pain and suffering of all sentient beings in Africa. We have now set up donation campaigns through Razoo and Chip In. Look for our new campaign from TwitPay, soon to be announced on

This year, we plan to send you frequent updates on our progress with our various projects, and keep you better informed of our future plans and goals. Of course, we understand that not all of our supporters will be involved in every one of our ongoing projects. Since we have such a diverse mix of interests, we will send you updates on all of our projects, allowing you to choose which programs you would prefer to support. To give you further control over your involvement, we respectfully request everyone who sends in a donation to specify which project or cause you would like the gift to go to. This way, we may direct the funds to the correct project.

We also hope that you will help us broaden our membership, by encouraging friends and family to sign up as members on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter page. We also encourage supporters, family and friends to sign up for one of our causes on Facebook.

Last but not least, please consider becoming a monthly paying member of IFA. Monthly membership fees range from as low as 5 dollars a month (the price of one Starbucks coffee) to hundreds of dollars, and bring us so much closer to realizing our dreams of helping the poor, the sick and the voiceless in Africa.

Wishing you a Happy New year,

Anteneh Roba M.D.
President and CEO of International Fund for Africa



This email was sent to by |