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At a Glance

  • Founder: Mark D. Noar, MD, MPH, FRCTM&H
  • Established in: 1999
  • Location: 7402 York Road, Suite 100, Towson, Maryland 21204-7519, USA
  • Motto: Integrated Global Community Development


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  • French Togoland became Togo in 1960
  • Located in Western Africa, between Benin and Ghana
  • Togo’s area is 56,785 sq km, slightly smaller than West Virginia
  • The climate is tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north
  • The terrain is varied with gently rolling savanna in north; central hills; southern plateau; low coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes
  • Current environmental issues include deforestation attributable to slash-and-burn agriculture and the use of wood for fuel; water pollution presents health hazards and hinders the fishing industry; air pollution increasing in urban areas
  • The current estimated population is 6,199,841, with 41.2% under 14
  • The median age is 18.9 years with a population growth rate of 2.741%
  • 60% of children ages 5-14 work
  • The 2010 estimated birth rate is 36.23 births/1,000 population
  • The urban population represents 42% of total population
  • The infant mortality rate is 55.51 deaths/1,000 live births and the life expectancy at birth is 59.99 years
  • The 2010 estimated fertility rate is 4.74 children born/woman
  • The ethnic groups include 37 ethnic group; largest and most important are Ewe, Mina, and Kabre
  • In terms of religion, Christians represent 29% of the population, Muslim 20%, and people with indigenous beliefs 51%
  • Languages: French (official and the language of commerce), Ewe and Mina (the two major African languages in the south), Kabye (sometimes spelled Kabiye) and Dagomba (the two major African languages in the north)
  • Togo's population is challenged by numerous health problems, including parasitic, intestinal, nutritional, venereal, and respiratory diseases.
  • Public health problems are exacerbated by inadequate waste disposal, sewerage, drinking water, and food storage.
  • Traditional healing methods and preparations continue to be the most widely used form of healthcare

Sources: CIA World Factbook / Togo


  • Geographical Reach: future projects will be concentrated in other villages in Northern Togo and Northern Ghana. The unified plan for the North will serve as a model to duplicate in other regions of Togo and in other countries.
  • Funding: The majority of our donations come from private individuals from around the world.
  • Board Members:  Dr. Mark Noar, Dr. Charles Piot
  • About Dr Mark Noar:  Dr. Noar is a physician who was trained in International Health and Development, as well as Tropical Medicine at both Tulane and Columbia Universities, prior to becoming a Gastroenterologist in the Washington DC-Baltimore region.  The development of the Foundation is the realization of his long standing dedication to the dream of improving the lives of those less fortunate in our world. 
  • About Dr. Charles Piot:  Dr. Piot is a dedicated Anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at Duke University, where he teaches fulltime.  He is the former head of the Department of Anthropology.  His life’s work as been the study of the anthropology and ethnology of the people in Northern Togo, having spent more than 3o years on the ground in Togo.  He has published two books on the topic, which have won critical acclaim.


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