Doctors of the World UK (Dow UK) was established in January 1998. Previously, British volunteers had participated in projects organised by Médecins du Monde France. DoW UK's office now concentrates its work on four major areas: * Recruiting British volunteers for overseas projects run by Dow UK France * Running Project:London which is a healthcare initiative reaching out to vulnerable people in the UK who cannot access mainstream healthcare services * Raising funds for our overseas projects and for Project: London * Raising awareness about DoW's campaigns, as well as raising awareness of issues concerning obstacles to healthcare that our volunteers have witnessed in the field. This is done by publishing Reports containing first-hand accounts of human rights abuses that we have witnessed which then give a voice to people whose stories would not otherwise be heard.
Doctors of the World currently has 185 projects running in 60 countries worldwide.
From providing emergency medical relief to victims of the tsunami to improving the lives of women recovering from acid attacks in Palestine, we are continuously evaluating the health needs of vulnerable people worldwide and providing them with the medical attention and psychological support they need.
This is achieved through three types of healthcare projects and a commitment to sharing our skills and training local people. These can be defined as: * Emergency response projects - Burma * Post-emergency crisis: rehabilitation and reconstruction projects - Ivory Coast * Long-term, sustainable healthcare development projects involving training local healthcare staff - Guatemala
Our objective of achieving universal access to healthcare means that we give a voice to vulnerable people. We report on their stories which may not otherwise be heard, when we witness obstacles to healthcare, or abuses of human rights.
In addition, three themes have been identified upon which our overseas projects are broadly based: * Childhood * Globalisation and its effects on health, including migration issues * Infectious diseases: working towards worldwide prevention