Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
- Primary care
SummaryAdopt a Doctor alleviates the problem of high human resource turnover rates and lack of experienced physicians in health facilities by providing financial aid and other critical resources to help doctors continue serving the poorest communities.
Adopt A Doctor works to stop the brain drain that is drawing experienced physicians away from the poorest countries in Africa.
Key program components
How we identify our doctors
We work with hospital administrators to identify doctors within our target countries for which our stipends will make the greatest impact. We also collaborate with multiple international organizations which share our values; Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS Vaccine Foundation (GAIA), the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through its Hospital Revitalization Program, and the Mali Health Organizing Project (MHOP).
Our contract with our doctors
In exchange for financial aid, doctors in our program sign a contract committing to remain in their country and practice medicine for at least 7 years. Should a doctors leave before the 7 years to pursue a more lucrative career in another country, he or she must return all funds received from Adopt A Doctor.
Why we are effective
The structure of Adopt A Doctor allows us to make a significant impact within our target countries without experiencing governmental and political roadblocks.
- Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS (GAIA) Vaccine FoundationNot-for-profit
- United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Hospital Revitalization ProgramNot-for-profit