“Healthcare is just not local. We have to be concerned with health disparities around the world,” said Michael Thompson, vice president of NAHSE-WMAC. “As healthcare leaders, public health is a responsibility that is not just in need in the Washington, D.C. area. “
The NAHSE-WMAC donation is specifically earmarked to support The Gift of Giving Medical Missions’ fourth trip to Africa on June 28, 2015 through August 11, 2015.
“The Gift of Giving Medical Missions has clearly demonstrated its ability to provide quality medical care to people in Africa,” said Charlisa Watson, president-elect, NAHSE-WMAC. “Hundreds of people will be able to receive important medical care as a result of this donation from NAHSE’s local healthcare leaders.”
The Gift of Giving Medical Missions is a Foundation established by Dr. Raymon Nelson to provide medical care, medical supplies, medical equipment, medicines and scholarships for those wishing to pursue education in the medical field in under privileged countries.
Every year since 2012, Dr. Nelson and a group of clinicians have gone to Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of The Congo on a medical mission. Many of the people the medical team supports do not have the medical resources or money for basic medical care to survive. Dr. Nelson and team see anywhere from 50 to 80 patients a day and many of them wait for days to see him rain or shine.
NAHSE-WMAC was established in 1978 to educate and develop minority healthcare leaders in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The local chapter, which is among the largest and most successful in the country, promotes diversity among healthcare organizations throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The organization’s members not only participate in many professional development events throughout the year but also improve the Washington, D.C. region and beyond through community service.
For more information about NAHSE-WMAC, visit http://www.nahse-wmac.com/. Additional support for The Gift of Giving Medical Missions can be made online at http://www.gofundme.com/GiftofGivingMed.