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Making health care sustainable for communities in need -

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Changing the game for
global health care
By Christi Scott
 Updated 2:44 PM ET, Fri March 25, 2016

6 photos: OneWorld Health's Masindi Kitara Medical Center in Uganda

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Dr. Dan, a medical oUcer at OneWorld Health's Masindi Kitara Medical Center, meets with a mother and
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Story highlights
OneWorld Health helps communities provide
their own quality health care
It aims to open fully operational clinics within
18 months of their launch
Trained nationals staJ the clinics, which are in
Uganda and Nicaragua

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(CNN) — You've probably seen their faces on TV -- eyes tired
and longing for a sense of hope.

Faces of children that say everything without speaking a single
Faces of people that draw you into their reality, desperate for a
helping hand.
Many non-profit organizations that provide medical aid to the
developing world have commercials that tug at the heartstrings,
but one group is taking a new approach.

The approach
Traditionally, a lack of resources in staM and supplies at private clinics drives up the cost of care, which is often too
high for a majority of the impoverished communities to aMord.
OneWorld Health says it has developed a model to change that: Health centers that are 100% sustainable, with
aMordable care and no need for ongoing support to keep the doors open.
Through the reasonable cost, clinics can become fully operational and self-sustaining within 18 months of their
launch, the South Carolina-based non-profit says.

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OneWorld Health

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Our vision @oneworldhealth is to empower communities to achieve
long-term improvements in health and quality of life
10:57 AM - 24 Mar 2016


"Our sustainable health care center model has transformed the culture of health care in the areas of the world in
which we operate," said International Projects Director Michael O'Neal. "We believe that by investing in the
communities where we work, a greater impact can be made and each medical center will exist long after we are
The organization hopes that each health center will remain operationally sustainable for generations to come,
allowing for hundreds of thousands of patients to receive quality health care without donor support.

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'Transforming communities'
OneWorld Health currently has four operational health centers (two each in Uganda and Nicaragua), and one
mobile medical unit in Nicaragua, which serves thousands of patients each month.

Community Ownership

Thirteen months after opening its first health care center in Uganda, patient fees began covering and then
exceeding the project's operating costs, OneWorld Health says, "meaning that the project was 100% selfsustaining with no additional donor funding required for thousands of people to receive health care."
Last month the non-profit opened the doors to its second clinic in Uganda, 14 months after its conceptualization -no small feat in the world of non-governmental organizations.
At the time, the organization was operating as Palmetto Medical Initiative, but it rebranded itself OneWorld Health
this week to better reflect its global vision.
"When PMI first started, we envisioned transforming health care in communities throughout the developing world,"
said co-founder and Chief Executive Matt Alexander. "In seven short years we have been astounded at just how
well this idea, to bring sustainable health care to Uganda and Nicaragua, would flourish and grow into a model that
empowers communities and gives individuals the ability to take ownership (of) their health."
Though the Charleston-based group has a new name, its mission remains the same: to help communities achieve

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long-term improvements in health and quality of life.
Since the funding it receives does not have to be devoted continually to existing sites, OneWorld Health is able to
use the money to invest in new health centers.

More centers opening
The Grammy-nominated band Needtobreathe partnered with OneWorld Health and recently raised the funds
needed for them to open a new center in Tola, Nicaragua.
"Every dollar raised allows OneWorld Health to expand and start new medical centers throughout East Africa and
Central America," said Strategic Communications Consultant Stefani Drake.
Thanks to additional fundraising eMorts from the fourth annual Needtobreathe Classic auction and golf
tournament, they also raised over $200,000 for the non-profit.

• 1 week ago

Can't even begin to express our thanks to
everyone who came out to support
@oneworldhealth (formally called Palmetto
Medical Initiative) this weekend at the NTB
Classic. Huge thanks to our compadres
@switchfoot @matkearney
@americanauthors @drewholcombmusic
@johnmarkmcmillan @davidnail for playing at
the concert last night. With your help this
weekend, over $200K was raised for

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NEEDTOBREATHE & Palmetto Medical Initiative in Uganda

In addition to the new Tola health center, OneWorld Health is working to open two additional clinics later this year.
Once the clinics are open, they will be staMed and run by national staM who receive ongoing training from U.S.
board-certified medical professionals. "Each year we have plans to grow our presence in East Africa and Central
America in order to transform the culture of health care and empower communities to see a true impact in their
health," Drake said.
Which means help is coming to many more of those pleading faces.

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