OneWorld Health is committed to providing quality, affordable healthcare to underserved communities in East Africa and Central America throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few weeks we have taken steps to protect our staff and our patients. We are providing continuing medical education for our doctors and nurses regarding the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. New health and safety protocols are being shaped by local governments, WHO guidelines and our team of clinicians across the globe.
In Central America, we have launched a public health campaign via radio and other media outlets to ensure the public has access to accurate information. In East Africa, we are working with local governments and partners to ensure we are part of a regional response.
Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more updates as the situation progresses in the areas where we work and care for local communities. For additional updates, sign up for our email list here.
In developing countries, easy-to-treat issues like infection, diarrhea and broken bones can be devastating. Without basic care, these minor setbacks can spiral into major suffering. As a result, parents can’t work, children leave school to join the workforce, the local economy lags and the cycle of poverty continues.
In the places we serve, basic healthcare is never guaranteed, and there are far too many reasons why. Government healthcare systems are overwhelmed and underfunded. Not enough doctors, supplies and medicine. Too many patients who can’t afford treatment. Temporary relief clinics that are, well, temporary. And medical centers that focus solely on specific high-profile diseases.
All of this adds up to a powerful recipe for prolonging poverty.
We believe every person is created equal in the eyes of God.
However, not everyone is treated equally, especially when it comes to their own basic medical needs. So we decided to do something about it.
OneWorld Health is a 501(c)(3) organization that fills the gaps left by governmental, temporary and narrowly focused healthcare efforts. We’ve created a smarter, sustainable, permanent approach that puts the power to heal back into the community’s hands.
We build healthcare facilities that provide a full scope of medical services and are designed to be affordable and accessible. The best and the brightest local physicians are identified and receive ongoing training from OneWorld Health’s team of U.S. board-certified physicians. Best of all, our medical centers are designed to be 100% operational and self-sufficient in 18 to 24 months.
Develop funding partnerships to build medical centers and subsidize operations during the startup period.
Conduct localized research and feasibility analysis to assess medical needs and establish a pricing model for services
Work in collaboration with local and national health officials to maintain regulatory compliance from planning through implementation
Oversee construction and equipping of each medical center
Launch each medical center with national staff who receive ongoing training from U.S. board-certified medical professionals
Attain 100% operational sustainability within 18 to 24 months by setting patient fees for health services at or above operating costs
Two things are clear. Our model works. And we need your help to keep this mission moving forward.
Just 13 months after opening our first healthcare center abroad, patient fees exceeded operating costs. Since 2011, all of our medical centers either have become self-sustaining, or are on track to do so in 18 to 24 months. OneWorld Health has provided care to more than 400,000 patients – which means we’ve impacted even more. More than 2,400 volunteers have given over 180,000 hours to support this world-changing mission.
Now imagine what we could do if we had more help.
More than 400,000 patients treated in Uganda and Nicaragua