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We are AHEAD: Adventures in Health, Education and Agricultural Development.

Since 1981 we have improved lives in Tanzania and the Gambia by reducing poverty and disease, educating youth, and promoting sustainable environmental practices. Our staff and volunteers go wherever the need is: inside hospitals and health centers; on the road with our mobile health clinics; in the open spaces of villages.


AHEAD Has Touched More Than One Million Lives In Africa and In The United States

We emphasize maternal and child health services, and youth education and workforce development. AHEAD promotes self-sufficiency by working with local residents to improve their lives. Because of our efforts:

  • Ninety-eight percent of children under five have been immunized in the Shinyanga Region of Tanzania.
  • In Tanzania, mobile units take expectant mothers to health care facilities where they can give birth safely.
  • Gambian women cook food on “rocket stoves” that use less wood and reduce air pollution.
  • More than 600 Tanzanian students have received scholarships for secondary school and vocational school tuition
  • Female students attending Tanzanian boarding schools live safely in dormitories we’ve built.
  • People living with HIV/AIDS receive care at home from trained family members or attendants.



Elvira Williams, Exec. Director of AHEAD, Inc. invited WOGO, Women’s Orthopedist Global Outreach, to provide services to seniors in Tanzania two years ago. Seven female surgeons completed 48 knee replacements in 4.5 days at ALMC Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania in June of this year. These seven surgeons provided free surgical care to older women and men in Arusha, who have suffered for many years in pain, some who had not been able to walk for years. I was pleased to participate as a volunteer with this medical mission, translating for WOGO providers and providing assistance and encouragement for such courageous and appreciative patients. What an Awesome Experience for the 50 volunteers from the US!