Each medical mission costs between $20,000 and $30,000. When divided by the approximately 2,000 patients treated in each medical mission, the cost to treat each patient amounts to only $10 to $15. This low cost-per-patient (CPP) is a fraction of what comparable care in Nigerian hospitals cost – and far less than the cost of comparable care in the United States and other countries.
The low CPP is possible thanks to the generous contributions of doctors, nurses and other professionals who volunteer their services in addition to paying for their personal travel.
Shortfall in Donations
Even with the low cost-per-patient, donations have sometimes falling short of the minimum amount needed to fund the annual medical missions. In 2011 a funding shortfall caused the cancellation of the medical mission for the first time. In 2014, due to the Ebola crisis, the medical mission was postponed to 2015 – the second time the mission has been cancelled.
In contrast to the shortfall in funding, the number of people needing affordable care has risen steadily each year since 2005.
This year (the 10th anniversary of the medical missions), AOI is hoping to raise enough money to fund the 2015 mission. We are also hoping to find donors/sponsors for future medical missions to ensure program continuity and expansion, to include medical education and continuum of care for chronic disease states.
We Need Your Help
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