Message from our President:
started Omni Med in 1998 after having seen the unnecessary suffering of
those in sub-Sahara Africa, an experience that forever changed my life.
I then found it difficult to find the right means to return to Africa
years later, and thus began to develop an easier means for people to
engage. I have since been joined by a committed core of health
providers who share similar ideals.
Martin Luther King once said, “The
racial problem in America will be solved to the degree that every
American considers himself personally confronted with it.” We
extend a similar rationale to the problem of global health inequality,
which will also be solved only to the degree that a critical mass of
people—particularly those in medicine—feel
confronted with it.
In a world in which 28,000 children under age
five die every day of treatable illness and 1.1 billion live on less
than $1 per day, we can and should find ways to bring better health and
health care to those in greatest need. If you have ever been interested
in serving, or would like to reconnect to the ideals that first
attracted you to a career in medicine, then please contact Omni Med
about serving through any of our programs, or follow the clear
directions in our two books: Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health,
Poverty, and Global Service; and A Practical Guide to Global Health
Service. Omni Med’s work has evolved into the following:
||Health Volunteerism: Omni Med has a program
in Uganda that bring health providers with some or no
prior international experience to short-term, effective teaching trips,
rendering maximal impact for both volunteers and learners. We have had
similar programs in Belize, Guyana, and Kenya. We work with
the American Medical Association (AMA) to publish the above books on
global health service that explore root causes of poverty, review
pragmatic steps of health volunteerism, and encourage direct service
through our large database of service opportunities.
We encourage our
volunteers to develop sustainable, cooperative programs that improve
health for the poor. Examples include: a national cervical cancer
screening initiative in Guyana; continuing medical education programs
in Belize, Guyana, and Kenya; and an eye screening and treatment
program in Thailand.
The U.S. medical profession
should engage global health inequality far more than it has. Omni Med
provides an opportunity for health providers to develop their own
leadership skills as part of an overarching, moral vision to improve
health for the poor. Through the transforming experience of direct
service in poor countries, many more US health providers will engage
the problem directly in an ongoing fashion, and, ultimately, exert
their influence directly on others in the medical profession, and in
the corridors of power in the United States.
Omni Med is a registered 501 (c)(3) under the
IRS code and gladly accepts donations to support our work. In 2005, the
Federation accepted Omni Med as
a member, and as a part of the
combined federal campaign (CFC).