Rafiki Australia Tanzania is part of the Australia Tanzania Society, an Australian and Tanzanian non-government organisation.

Rafiki's mission is to help Tanzania deal with its reconstructive surgery needs whilst at the same time assist in capacity building through the transfer of surgical, anaethestic, physiotherapy and nursing skills to medical professional in Tanzania.

In an effort to help alleviate severe shortages in medical and hospital equipment, Rafiki also aims to provide much-needed equipment to hospitals and medical facilities in Tanzania.


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Habari Gani May 2020

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Habari Gani January 2020

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Habari Gani August 2019

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Habari Gani December 2017

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Habari Gani September 2017

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Habari Gani December 2016

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About Us

Since our first mission in 2004, Rafiki has changed the lives of thousands of Tanzanian children and adults with conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palate and burns injuries.

While Australian children born with disfiguring facial deformities will have them repaired while they are still babies, in Tanzania's remote rural areas sufferers can be forced to endure a lifetime of marginalisation. In fact, it can lead to the shunning of entire families by their communities.

Rafiki's volunteer surgical teams are giving these people the chance to live a normal life. Treated babies will grow up never knowing the alienation they may have been subjected to; children can go back to school with new confidence, completely accepted by their peers; and adults may go on to find work, marry and even take on important leadership roles in their villages.

Rafiki is a 100 per cent volunteer organisation. With no administrative costs, every dollar raised goes back to making life better for people who would otherwise have no chance of a new start. Our funding comes from a variety of sources, including sponsorship from organisations in Australia and Tanzania, personal and corporate donations, and of course through our annual fundraising events in Perth and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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About Us

Surgical Trips

Our teams have undertaken 33 surgical trips to Mwanza and Dar es Salaam. Volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses perform up to 80 operations during each two-week mission, and physiotherapists work with patients post-operatively. Local doctors and nurses also benefit from our collaboration with the host hospitals, working alongside our medical team building their own skills in this specialised area of re-constructive surgery.

Medical Equipment

Medical Equipment

In addition to the surgeries and training, Rafiki also sends medical equipment to Tanzania that would otherwise go to waste in Australia. Since 2010, we have packed and shipped more than 40 containers for distribution to hospitals and medical centers. Rafiki has also donated a number of ambulances to hospitals throughout Tanzania. The replacement cost of this equipment exceeds $10,000,000.

Our Team

Our Volunteers

Everyone involved with Rafiki is a volunteer and volunteers are the reason for Rafiki's success and growth. They are also the reason Rafiki manages to operate with zero administrative costs as they generously donate their time to provide help for people in Tanzania. We are proud to say that more than 200 people give their time and energy to support our cause.

Our Sponsors

Rafiki receives no Government funding and relies entirely on the support of its volunteers and sponsors to make a difference. Some of our key sponsors are listed below:





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Contact Us

Rafiki Surgical Missions

c/o MPH Lawyers
Suite 183, Level 6
580 Hay Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000
P: +61 (0) 8 9221 0033