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Worldwide Healing Hands’ First Medical Mission in Rwanda was a Success! 

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In developing countries like Rwanda and Uganda, cervical cancer is the most common type of cancer-related death. It claims the lives of more than 300,000 women annually.

Since 2012, Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) has made extraordinary strides to train healthcare workers in low-resource settings how to prevent, screen and treat this disease quickly and effectively.

Last June WHH was invited by the Rwanda Ministry of Health to introduce a cervical cancer prevention training program to 40 OB/GYN residents and faculty at The University Teaching Hospital of Kigali. Our team of 13 medical volunteers worked with the University’s OB/GYN department chairs, Dr. Stephen Rulisa and Dr. Diomede Ntasumbumuyange, to create and implement this teaching program.

Here is a summary of WHH’s achievements while in Rwanda:

    • Trained 40 OB/GYN residents and faculty to perform VIA screening, colposcopy, LEEP, and thermal ablation
    • Administered care to 44 patients at CHUK and Muhima District Hospital
    • Donated 2 portable EVA colposcopes to CHUK (value $7,255)
    • Donated 3 LUCIA cervical models to CHUK (value $652)
    • Donated 1 MamaNatalie birthing simulator to CHUK (value $1000)
    • Conducted two rural health center visits to spread awareness of cervical cancer and donated 4 suitcases full of medical supplies and cervical cancer education materials (value $900)

WHH’s amazing supporters are responsible for making these life-saving missions a success. Our heartfelt thanks goes to:

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    •   WHH mission volunteers, who generously donated their time and paid for their own travel, meals, and housing.
    • WHH local volunteers, who work all year long gathering and sorting our in-kind donations to prepare for our missions.
    • All of our wonderful donors! A very special thank you to Jane Willhite, who was instrumental in funding this mission in honor of her dear friend, Shirley Hunt.

Our life-saving efforts continue. We’re thrilled to announce January 2022 will see another cervical cancer education and training mission to Rwanda. To read more about this mission, you can download the full 2021 Rwanda Mission Report here.

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Photo Credit: Nathan DeHart

Healthcare Heroes

Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) wants to extend our support and best wishes to all the health-care workers around the world, who have been affected by COVID-19.  Our medical community has been greatly impacted, and we express our sympathies and support to them, as well as our families, friends, patient communities, and peers who are in the medical and mission industries around the world. Like other natural and man-made disasters that WHH has assisted with over this past decade, this is a challenge that we will overcome and, which as a result, will make us more resilient.

Now, more than ever, we are united together with our partners and determined to help the communities we serve. As always, we are preparing for the future and working here at home to help where we can.

We remain confident that in the upcoming months we will be back more united than ever, engaging in practitioner and patient partnerships, showing kindness, and saving lives.

We can’t wait to welcome you back!

Together we are stronger. Together we can save lives.  Join us.

Donors & Volunteers help during COVID

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WHH Volunteer Jasmin Clarke delivering donations to Gary Deas, Director of Hope Harbor COVID Shelter

Because of you, we have been able to …

  • Provide free medical screenings to the people at Hope Harbor Covid Shelter (for the homeless)
  • Bring people from the shelter to our local clinics for medical care
  • Donate medications, socks, nail clippers, combs, deodorant, shampoo and other personal items to Hope Harbor Covid Shelter
  • Donate hundreds of surgical masks to our local hospital
  • Donate cloth masks to local migrant workers

Recognizing Ignaz Semmelweis & Handwashing

Doogle recognizes Hungarian physician Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, widely attributed as the first person to discover the medical benefits of handwashing. On this day in 1847, Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease. (more…)

Our founder, Dr. Paula Dhanda and the WHH organization are doing remarkable things!


Dr Paula Dhanda Achievements

Our founder, Dr. Paula Dhanda and the WHH organization are doing remarkable things!

This year Dr. Paula Dhanda received Adventist Health’s highest honor, 2017 Physician Mission of the Year Alumni Award.

In May she was honored at MedShares Talk and Taste. Medshare honors people whose work has saved lives in medically underserved nations.

Learn more about Paula’s story and the work that Worldwide Healings Hands is doing globally and locally.

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Sending warmth around the world


Knit hats in Uganda

Knit hats in Uganda

The simplest things can spread love and warmth around the world. Most people don’t think of Africa as cold especially in Uganda as it lies on the equator, but at high altitudes it gets quite cold. At 6,600 ft above sea level, Kabale is named the “Swiss Alps of Africa,” where the majority of people lack heating in their homes.

We were prepared for the cold but as we traveled around the area we saw children barefoot and shivering. (more…)

Worldwide Healing Hands Provides Health Screenings

Volunteer Christine Dalva, FNP provides medical care at free clinic

Volunteer Christine Dalva, FNP provides medical care at free clinic

LAKEPORT, CA – Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) volunteers conducted free health screening events at the Warming Center on two dates in March, offering consultations and health checks at the center set up in the Lakeport Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The events were the first of four health screening opportunities planned by the organization to assist Lake County’s homeless and indigent this year.

Dr. Paula Dhanda, health screening organizer and team leader, was joined by Family Nurse Practitioner Christine Dalva and nurses Carol Stahr and Stephanie Allen, staff members from Specialty Care & Surgery Center who volunteered their time along with several other people who assisted. The team checked blood pressure and other vital signs and discussed health concerns with individuals.  (more…)

Join Hike 4 Healing April 30 – in Person or Virtually

Hike 4 HealingKelseyville, CA — Friends and supporters of Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) will gather the morning of Saturday, April 30, to walk Mount Konocti’s Wright Summit Trail during the third annual “Hike 4 Healing.” The yearly trek is a fundraiser to support the work of Worldwide Healing Hands in Lake County, California, and in underserved areas of the world. “Virtual” hikers —those who cannot make the scheduled hike — will join the April 30 event via Facebook. (more…)

My Loving Mother, Monica Bradshaw

Monica BradshawMonica Bradshaw, age 80, entered into eternal peace on February 27, 2016, with her loving daughters, Melanie Ramachandran and Paula Dhanda, at her bedside. Monica was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, to Naval Officer William and Annie Elizabeth Bradshaw. She was the third of nine children growing up in the era of World War II.


The Clean Delivery Kit: A Lifesaving Birthing Kit that fits in a Sandwich Bag

Teaching Tindarwesire (a TBA in Bufundi, Uganda) how to open a clean delivery kit

Items that fit into a sandwich bag can save thousands of mothers’ lives every year. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

The Clean Delivery Kit has:

  • A clean plastic liner to put on the ground so the mother doesn’t deliver directly onto the dirt;
  • A pair of disposable gloves;
  • Gauze;
  • A clean razor blade and string for tying and cutting the umbilical cord;
  • Soap for a thorough washing before and after the birth.