WHAT WE DO

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Our work has taken us to the different corners of the globe and encompassed a number of different types of projects. One of our overriding themes has been to try, wherever possible to link with local organisations and charities, not only to learn from their rich local knowledge and understanding, but to help expand and grow the good work that is almost always being done.

Doctors Worldwide’s role in serving communities in need has been to bring in extra resources, be that funding, knowledge sharing, human resources, equipment, management skills, or medical teaching. In fact what is felt to be the most needed and within our capacity and skill set to deliver, is what we will do. Inevitably in development work this means taking time to build relationships with people and organisations, understanding their needs and difficulties, what they are doing well [which could be expanded] but also asking hard questions on what is not being done well [which could be improved].

After 18 years of work in over 20 countries and nearly 100 discrete projects to date, we continue to learn what works well, what doesn`t and also crucially how to make the generous donations we receive make the greatest impact. The beauty of medical work is the profound changes that can be made with small interventions; a few pennies on life saving medication, a safe birth, a mother saved, or a training module that changes a doctors or nurses practice for the rest of their working life.

Health Access

Between 80 - 90% of a person’s health needs throughout their lifetime will be met through primary healthcare [PHC]. We build and rehabilitate PHC services in the poorest parts of the world to create a long lasting solution to healthcare availability and access. 

Health Improvement

Most of the world’s poor health, diseases and premature deaths are avoidable. Stronger health systems can help achieve better health. We focus on strengthening health systems to ensure healthcare access is sustainable and not dependent on aid. 

Health Emergencies

Local communities and services make upto 90% of the first responders during an humanitarian emergency providing vital medical aid and relief. We support and strengthen the local community response to avoid creating duplicate systems and wastage of resources or funds.