Doctors of the World-USA projects focus on the critical nexus between health and human rights.
DOW promotes global health through the advancement of human rights, improving the underlying conditions necessary to fulfill the right to health at the community and policy levels, and increasing awareness about the negative health consequences of human rights violations.
DOW projects increase access to health care for marginalized populations through initiatives that develop the capacity of local communities to provide health services that will be sustainable and long-lasting. Addressing health crises including HIV/AIDS and TB, women’s health, orphans and vulnerable children, and human trafficking and torture, DOW projects combat the stigma, violence, discrimination, and deprivation of liberties suffered by the world’s most excluded and vulnerable. Establishing local partnerships and working closely with communities, DOW projects combine direct service, system development, and advocacy to ensure the broadest possible impact.
DOW is currently active in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the Americas, including a major human rights program in the United States. DOW has worked in over 30 countries and communities where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties and has mobilized the health sector – in the United States and internationally – to promote and protect these rights.