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. The DWW family has now expanded to include Doctors Worldwide Turkey, Doctors Worldwide Kenya, Doctors Worldwide Pakistan and Doctors Worldwide USA.
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, the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the 2005 Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
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 believe everyone has the basic human right to good healthcare. Our work would not be possible without donors and committed supporters. We aim to share with you regularly where funds have been spent. We realise that sustainability comes by being committed to local communities for the long term. Our cultural approach allows us to understand how things get done locally. We avoid corruption and ensure donor funds are spent transparently and wisely. Our expertise in creative solutions and experience in healthcare means we come up with ideas that are low cost and high impact.
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.
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