Where We Work

Bangladesh is one of the most heavily populated countries in the world. Lying in the delta plain of three major rivers – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna – the country is prone to regular flooding and cyclones. Bangladesh has made significant improvements in a number of health indicators, including an increase in life expectancy and literacy rates and a reduction in maternal and child mortality, but millions of people still live in extreme poverty. The health infrastructure is extensive but there are many barriers to access, including the high price of hospital care, poor regulation of health services, and an increase in long-term diseases such as diabetes. Since August 2017, following outbreak of violence towards the Rohingya community in Myanmar, over 650,000 Rohingya refugees escaped Myanmar by foot, crossing the border into Bangladesh. Doctors Worldwide has been working in Cox’s Bazar, in the South Eastern part of Bangladesh, training local Bangladeshi doctors to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Pakistan is divided into four major provinces – Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the mountainous northern area, Sind and Punjab in the Indus river plain, and the arid deserts of Balochistan. Sitting at the juncture of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, with a diverse terrain stretching from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea, Pakistan is particularly vulnerable to severe flooding, earthquakes, avalanches and landslides. In 2010, Pakistan suffered from the worst flooding in its history. The devastating floods affected the lives of 18 million people, destroying livelihoods and flattening entire villages. Severe flooding affected Pakistan again in 2011 and in 2012. Although there has been some improvement in health indicators over the last two decades, progress has been slow and low levels of healthcare funding mean that millions of people still have no access to health services. Doctors Worldwide responded to the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the 2010 and 2011 flood crises. We continued to work in Pakistan, to deliver services for pregnant women in Sind, both in the community and in our custom-built mother and child clinic.

After 8 years of working in Kenya, as of February 2018 all projects have now been handed over to DWW Kenya, both in terms of management and funding. Situated on Africa’s East Coast, Kenya is a country of savannahs, snow-capped mountains and white, sandy beaches. Home to over 40 indigenous tribes, including the Kikuyu, Swahili and Maasai, Kenya also has significant minority groups of Arab, Indian and European descent. The Kikuyu are the largest tribe in the country and dominate political and economic spheres. After decades of relative stability, ethnic tensions have led to outbursts of violence in recent years, particularly focussed around election periods. Major causes of death include infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections and diarrhoeal disease, as well as maternal mortality and road traffic accidents. Malaria, also in the top ten causes of death, causes considerable ill health and disproportionately affects pregnant women and young children. The public, government-provided health system accounts for about half of all the health services in Kenya, with the remainder made up of private providers and NGO-led facilities. The health system is arranged in tiers, starting from community-based dispensaries, with a focus on immunisation and preventive health measures, up to national referral hospitals, with sophisticated provision for diagnosis and treatment. Doctors Worldwide has been working in Kenya since 2009, supporting existing healthcare services and providing custom built primary care clinics, in Western Kenya and on the East Coast.

In 2015, we started work in Tanzania with an aim of replicating our Primary healthcare expertise. We are working with a local medical facility located outside Dar Es Salaam called Medewell. To date we have carried out 510 free cataract operations and over 3000 patients have been screened for refractive errors and their conditions treated where needed.

In 2016, we started work with a local Malawian Health NGO called Madina Social Services. The aim was to help them improve the quality of their primary healthcare services. They are located in Blantyre in Southern Malawi and have a number of rural and urban medical clinics.

DWW worked in the DR Congo between 2004 & April 2014 when we left. We developed a health care system focused on Maternal Health in Katanga Province, SE Congo. It was a challenging environment; Katanga is 497,000 sq km in size and 16x as large as Belgium. We built a new hospital in Lubumbashi which completed in 2014 and also supported the running of 5 rural maternal and medical centers.