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Awakening Hippocrates,
By Dr. Ed O'Neil, Jr.
OmniMed's Founder and President



"Written with impressive knowledge and with the compassion of a medical doctor who has worked in the poorest countries of the world and whose life has been marked by the miseries he has come across. This book is a moving and pressing appeal to all people of good will."

-Rhena Schweitzer Miller, former director of the Schweitzer-Bresslau Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, and daughter of Albert Schweitzer, MD

Our Mission
Promote Health Volunteerism
Provide Innovative, Cooperative & Sustainable
Programs with Measurable Impact
Foster Ethical Leadership

What if all health providers could easily and effectively work to improve the health of the global poor? What if the ideal of global health equity were to move into the mainstream of modern medicine, and health were to become a birthright for all people, regardless of their nationality or income? Since 1998, Omni Med has worked to inspire many within the medical profession to make such ideals become a reality; specifically, by placing providers in developing countries directly through our varied programs, and by inspiring and encouraging many more. Ultimately, we aim to make this most urgent work a part of the very fabric of health professionalsí lives everywhere.

We have run innovative, sustainable, education-based programs in Belize, Kenya, Guyana, Thailand and Uganda–which has become the focal point of our work. We send health volunteers of all types to Uganda in an ongoing, year-round basis to train and maintain community health workers (over 1200 thus far), each of whom provides basic primary and preventive care to 25-30 rural households. We also regularly construct cookstoves and protected water sources. We believe that all service programs measure the impact of their work; we conducted a randomized controlled trial measuring this programís impact in 2012, and have other trials ongoing.

Our volunteers serve directly in the community in an ongoing, sustainable approach in which each volunteer, working with our staff in close partnership with the Ministry of Health, continues the work of those who have come before, akin to a relay race. Our Ugandan staff directs all aspects of our programs, and our focus remains on empowering the local community through health education. In addition to the Ugandan Ministry of Health, we partner with the US Peace Corps, and several US Medical Schools. Read more about the Uganda program here.

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