Our mission is to serve communities in need through the provision of sustainable medical relief and health based development programmes worldwide.
Having witnessed the Balkan conflicts of Bosnia and Kosovo, a group of international medics got together and established Doctors Worldwide in 2000 as a UK charity. With a head office in Manchester, the organisation expanded and in 2004, Doctors Worldwide Turkey (DWWT) was set up as a branch. DWWT now leads on some of our emergency humanitarian work in places such as Somalia.
Our vision is a world in which all people, regardless of race, religion and nationality, live in environments that support them to have good health and well being, and have the means as well as ability, to secure good quality healthcare for themselves, their families and communities. To date we have undertaken numerous projects across Asia, Middle East, Central America and Africa with a simple aim; to help local communities to develop, build and sustain health services such as maternity clinics and hospitals.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT US?
We are an independent charity, funded entirely by private donations. We are not a faith organisation or a political one. However, we do recognise the importance of cultural, religious and universal humanitarian values. By linking medical expertise with cultural knowledge and values, we can build capacity, empower local communities, and produce effective solutions that will leave a lasting legacy long after we have gone.
We have responded to many of the serious emergencies and disasters of recent years such as the 2011 East Africa Famine, 2011+2010 floods in Pakistan, Haiti in 2010, 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the 2005 Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
WHY SUPPORT US.
All of our work would not be possible without our donors and our volunteers. At heart we are a volunteer organisation. Whether you are a doctor, nurse or health specialist, we try and help you a find a role to help those who deserve to receive a basic human right of access to healthcare.
We are passionate about development work and whilst responding to emergency situations is important, we realise that long term sustainability comes about by being committed to local communities for the longer term. Our cultural approach allows us to understand how things get done locally. We avoid corruption and do our best ensure that donor funds are spent transparently and wisely. We aim to tell all our donors where their funds have been spent. Our expertise in creative solutions and experience in healthcare means we often come up with ideas and projects that are simple and don’t cost much. We don’t hand out medical equipment to locals, take pictures and then leave them to it. As an NGO, we think differently, act differently but deliver where it matters.
Meet the team
Khalil became Chief Executive of DWW in May 2011 but has been involved with DWW since 2005. He spent over 10 years in investment banking as a mergers and acquisitions specialist before moving into the charity and social housing sector. He has an MSc from UCL in Urban Regeneration & Development and furthered his academic interests through a Research Fellowship and postgraduate teaching. He has operated at senior board level, most recently as Director of Finance & ICT for a leading regional homelessness charity and is a board member of Action for Blind People, a leading visual impairment charity and non-executive director with social housing charities in the UK.
Chief Executive & Board Member
Ibrar is the current chairman of DWW and works as a higher Surgical Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in North West England. He has been actively working in this sector since 2005, and has travelled to work on both developmental and emergency missions in sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. He has an interest in health leadership and service delivery, and was recently accepted onto an NHS Clinical Leadership scheme. He is currently reading for an MSc in Public and Health Leadership at the Manchester Business School.
Dr Ibrar Majid
H.E Dr Kani Torun was the former Chief Executive of Doctors Worldwide since its inception and retired in 2011. He is now Turkey’s Ambassador to Somalia and is one of the few diplomats to actually live in Mogadishu. He has been a key individual in our organisational growth and with significant achievements in developing our maternal projects in DR Congo and work in Kenya. He graduated in medicine in Turkey and after some years in general practice completed a PhD degree. He has been involved in undergraduate teaching prior to joining DWW.
Dr Kani Torun
Saddaf was the first UK Chairman of DWW and has represented the charity at conferences in the U.S.A., Bosnia and South Africa and has attended projects in Pakistan and Congo. He is a Manchester graduate, working as a Family Practitioner in Oldham in North West England since 1997 having previously trained as a surgeon from leaving medical school. Married with four kids he spends as much time ferrying his kids around as working on Doctors Worldwide!
Dr Saddaf Alam
Sonya is a part-time General Practitioner in London and is the founder of a luxury clothing brand, Nahara. She has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and completed three years of a Public Health Specialist Registrar post before taking a sabbatical in 2011 to start her business. She has an eclectic set of interests, encompassing health, business, traditional arts and social enterprise. She has travelled to Kenya with Doctors Worldwide, and joined the board in 2008.
Dr Sonya Ahmed
Najeeb works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in West Yorkshire. He has also completed a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, as well as a Diploma in Public Health. His experiences in this sector have been developed though medical trips abroad in 9 different countries, ranging from Myanmar to Haiti, Kosova to Congo DRC, as well as his role as the former Chair of Doctors Worldwide.