Madaktari means doctors in Swahili. It’s a fitting name for our organization because it references both the problem and the solution. The problem is that there is a lack of access to health care (to doctors) in East African countries that is so extreme that most people in developed countries cannot even imagine it. The solution has an elegant simplicity: sending doctors and other health care professionals to teach advanced medical practices to local medical practitioners so that they can teach and train others.
What makes the Madaktari model different from most other global health care initiatives is that our goal is to end the cycle of dependency on outside health care organizations; instead, we envision our exit from developing countries as the ultimate indicator of our success.