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No Woman Should Have to Walk Miles to Give Birth

In other words, an expectant Tanzanian mother is almost 58 percent more likely to die than her American counterpart. Most of these deaths occur in rural villages where access to safe, clean health supplies and services is rare.

Success Stories…Thanks for all you have done for me

Dear Dr. Myrtle Glascoe,


I am so glad to give thanks to you for all you did do for me to ensure that I receive an education. I completed my studies at Monduli Teachers Training College in Arusha and I am teaching science at Moshi Secondary School. I am very grateful to have received your support. THANKS A LOT. May GOD continue to bless you and provide for you good health.

Agripina completes her studies in April 2008 and will teach science in secondary school.

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.

48 Knee Replacements in 4 Days

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 & 1/2 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!