"We at last have, in this moving book and in a companion volume, an authoritative overview that allows the reader to understand not only how poverty and inequality shorten lives in a time of medical miracles but also what can be done about it...I know of no other project that has been able to link such sound analysis to the pragmatic advice that all of need as we ask and answer (sometimes without ever learning the lessons of those who've gone before us) the what's-to-be-done question."

-Paul Farmer, MD, PhD



 Our Partners
 
Omni Med works in partnership with the following institutions and foundations to keep our programs up and running:  



Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy, foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.  Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.

Omni Med's Dr. Edward O'Neil acts as the Chair of the International Volunteer and Service Sector's Task Force on Global Health Service.  


The US Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

Peace Corps volunteers living and working in Uganda have been essential to our VHT program, providing on-the-ground support and development to help grow this program.

Washington University's Center for Social Development

The Center for Social Development conducts research that informs how individuals, families, and communities increase capacity, formulate and reach life goals, and contribute to the economy and society. Our principal focus is on families and communities at the bottom of society. Major areas of work include Asset Building and Civic Engagement & Service. 

Since the spring of 2010, researchers at Washington University in Saint Louis's Center for Social Development have partnered with Omni Med to design and conduct a prospective, randomized clinical trial measuring the efficacy of volunteer-based health training in Mukono, Uganda.

Ministry of Health, Uganda

The Ministry of Health Uganda, is a government body set up with a mandate of policy formulation; quality assurance; coordination of health research; and monitoring and evaluation of overall performance of the health sector.   It works for a healthy, productive and wealthy population that contributes to Economic Growth and National Development, and works to ensure the attainment of a good standard of health by all people in Uganda in order to promote a healthy and productive life.

The MoH works with Omni Med to fund and facilitate the training and deployment of our Village Health Teams to the rural villages in the Mukono district.  The MoH was the original founder of the VHT program, and therefore provides valuable insight and infrastructure such that our program can create lasting change.


USAID Volunteers for Prosperity
VfP was established to encourage international voluntary service by highly skilled Americans supporting our Nation's agenda to promote health and prosperity around the world. Through a range of activities, Volunteers for Prosperity promotes international voluntary service and links experienced American professionals who wish to volunteer with VfP Partner organizations. Volunteers for Prosperity supports a new model of private-public cooperation in foreign assistance. A wide range of organizations previously not involved in official foreign assistance -- including smaller faith-based and community groups, trade associations, and corporations -- are joining to help highly skilled American volunteers answer President Bush's call to service.

VfP works to provide enabling funding for Omni Med's Volunteers, allowing them to participate in service activities they would otherwise not be able to afford.  Our
volunteers can qualify for public recognition of their contributions through the President's Volunteer Service Award.

UCSF School of Medicine

The UCSF School of Medicine fosters academic excellence across the continuum of  medical education - from their model curriculum to GME And Pathways to Discovery -- with the Academy of Medical Educators setting exceptional standards for their teachers. 

UCSF School of Medicine works in partnership with Omni Med by recruiting its students of Public and Global Health  to parttake in our Uganda program as part of their course requirements.  The volunteerism of these students greatly augments  the success of our program


Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, offers patients access to some of Boston's most respected physicians and advanced treatments for a full-range of medical specialties including family medicine, cardiovascular care, women and infants' health, oncology, neurology care and orthopedics.

Omni Med's Dr. Edward O'Neil works at St. Elizabeths as an emergency physician, and has recruited several of the residents at this hosiptal to parttake in our various service programs.

TAMTAM

TAMTAM is an inovated volunteer organization with zero personnel costs.  For only 7 dollars a net, they  provide malaria-resistant bed nets to vulnerable individuals and households. Bed nets can reduce child mortality by more than twenty percent. They focus their free bed net distributions on vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and children under five, and on malaria-endemic areas where there is large need and shortage of supply. 

TAMTAM works in concert with Omni Med, using the VHTs we train to help distrubute TAMTAM's nets to the local population.  Together we help insure that our target populations have a lower rate of malaria infection.  

Building Bridges Coalition
The Building Bridges Coalition (BBC) is a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to promote the field of international volunteering. The BBC is a project of the Brookings Institution's Initiative on International Volunteering and Service and is comprised of international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and colleges, government agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The BBC hopes to improve the quality of international volunteer service, scale up the number of international volunteers sent abroad annually, and maximize positive impacts of international service in communities throughout the world, and at home
 
Kyetume Community Based Health Care Programme
Kyetume strives to improve the general health standards of underserved rural people within Mukon District and Uganda at large by influencing socio-economic and spiritual behavior of rural communities using a community-based involvement/ participation/human rights approach.

Kyetume partners with Omni Med in running the VHT training program in the Nakisunga sub-district of Mukono District.



                                                     


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