“If you heal someone, you help one person. If you teach someone to heal, you help many.” Dr. Charles E. Horton Sr., founder, Physicians for Peace
Physicians for Peace engages compassionate world citizens to deliver training and support to healthcare teams in underserved regions. We work with local health professionals to introduce skills and fill specific training gaps, while mobilizing targeted equipment and supplies that are plentiful in the U.S. but scarce in the developing world. Regardless of the country or region, our goals are the same: self-sufficiency and better health. We want all people to have an opportunity for a healthy, productive life.
Dr. Charles E. Horton Sr. officially incorporated Physicians for Peace in 1989 after years of humanitarian work. In the 1960s, Horton completed his first medical mission to Haiti as a public service project for his Rotary Club. Over the next two decades, Dr. Horton and a dedicated group of colleagues continued to volunteer in underserved areas, delivering direct care and education. Dr. Horton saw the need for quality healthcare as the great unifier among nations, a requirement so powerful and yet so basic that it should transcend economic, political and cultural barriers. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Horton established permanent outreach centers in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic and helped launch the Partnership for Eritrea, a training program that tripled the number of pediatricians in the war-torn country. Dr. Horton’s founding principles – that education has an empowering, exponential effect on communities and that the attainment of health is a basic human need, regardless of race, nationality or religion – remain at the heart of our organization.
Today, Physicians for Peace has engaged in comprehensive training programs in more than 60 countries.
Read more about our founder, Dr. Horton.
Physicians for Peace deploys teams of passionate volunteer medical educators to work with our host-country partners toward a common goal and shared, strategic objectives. We’re leaders in healthcare education, with a reputation for delivering thoughtful approaches to patient-centered care.
By mobilizing volunteers, we extend our reach from a staff of 15 to 200-plus people, striving to train the trainers in focused health areas.
To find out how we can match your talents and abilities to an identified need, please do this.
We currently have these unmet volunteer needs:
Volunteer Medical Educators