OUR STORY

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Why Doctors Worldwide?

At Doctors Worldwide, we believe that good health enables people and communities to define their own future. Without good health, a parent cannot take care of their family, or a child cannot meet their full potential, and communities miss out on a chance to grow and contribute to their collective well being. Access to quality healthcare is not a privilege, it is a human right and we work towards making that a reality for everyone, especially the poorest.
Our mission is to serve communities in need so that they can build healthier and happier futures. We do this through the provision of sustainable medical relief and health based development programmes worldwide.

How do we do it?

At Doctors Worldwide, we work with each community by building or rehabilitating health care services, supporting them through training and development, providing medical expertise, and we enable grass root resilience and response when there is a humanitarian emergency or crisis. We also work with local and international organisations to develop long term, sustainable health solutions for communities in need. Our medical expertise coupled with our cultural knowledge and values ensures we can tailor our support both sensitively and contextually, whilst also working closely with local structures and governments to address healthcare needs and produce effective low cost, high impact solutions.

Our Beginnings

Doctors Worldwide was established in 2001 as a response to the observed challenges in delivering quality medical assistance through programmes which demonstrated community participation and collaborative partnerships, and a sensitivity of local culture and customs. Having witnessed the Balkan conflicts of Bosnia and Kosovo and the challenges faced by non-medical experts in delivering health programmes, a group of international medics collaborated and launched Doctors Worldwide with a simple aim; to help local communities to develop, build and sustain health services for a healthier and happier future.

To date we have undertaken numerous projects across Asia, Africa and Central America. 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, the 2005 Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka, and the Rohingya crisis in 2017.

Since then DWW has expanded to include various offices globally including DWW Turkey, DWW Pakistan and DWW USA.

What’s different about us?

We are an independent charity having been funded entirely by public 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?

We believe everyone has the basic human right to good healthcare. Our work would not be possible without donors and committed supporters like you. 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 all forms of corruption and ensure donor funds are spent transparently, wisely and with a high level of scrutiny. Our expertise in creative solutions and experience in healthcare means we work towards a low cost and high impact model of delivery.