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 then expanded and created a branch – Doctors Worldwide Turkey.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.
Shazaad is a registrar in Infectious Diseases and Virology in the NW Deanery. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham and has a Masters in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Shazaad’s main interests in international health are developmental work and capacity building.
Dr Shazaad Ahmad
Dr Bushera is a NW based GP and joined the board in early 2016.
Dr Bushera Choudhry
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.
Ibrar is the current chairman of DWW and works as a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with a specialist interest in Paediatric Major Trauma and Limb Reconstruction. He has been working in the charity sector in the UK for over ten years in various roles, and has acted as a trustee for local, national and international charities. He has extensive experience of working in both developmental and emergency healthcare programmes in sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Ibrar is an alumnus of an NHS Clinical Leadership Fellow scheme and has worked on several programmes related to healthcare leadership and service delivery. He regularly runs workshops and seminars on personal development, self awareness and leadership both nationally and internationally. He holds a PGDip in Healthcare Policy and Management from the Health Service Management Centre, University of Birmingham, and is a fully certified MBTI practitioner.
Dr Ibrar Majid
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
Dr Najeeb Rahman works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine. He has a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance as well as a Diploma in Public Health. Having studied and trained in the UK, he spent a year supporting the delivery of a novel Emergency Medicine training programme in addition to Emergency Service development in Rwanda. He is the former Chair of Doctors Worldwide, and has more than 10 years of field experience in both disaster relief efforts as well as health development programmes in more than 10 countries.