How Doctors for Doctors Works
We are a registered Canadian charity that increases access to primary healthcare in rural Nicaragua by empowering young people to be agents of change in their communities.
We provide fully funded scholarships to high potential students from rural communities and send them to medical school locally in Nicaragua.
We strive to be a thought leader in the non-profit industry for all aspects of our management, operations, research and programming.
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Students are Getting a Complete Medical Education Experience
We are not just another short-term
international development project
We invest in healthy futures by empowering young people to take responsibility for the health of their home communities.
Nicaraguans are best suited to determine their own needs - so all programs are developed with local partners and students.
Students will become Doctors that will treat thousands of patients every year in rural areas where no health care was previously available.
Fundraising for Students
Our support allows students to afford medical school, housing, transportation, books and supplies for their entire 7 year medical journey. This enables students to focus on identifying local challenges and building local solutions. To complete their entire medical education, they need $30,000 CAD.
Here is the story of our most recent student: Meet Nohelia. She is an incredible young woman with a dream to provide medical care for her community.
Her motivation (translated from Spanish):
My name is Nohelia. I am 17 years old and the reason for this letter is to thank you for being one of the students benefiting from this funding. For me, it is very important to obtain a scholarship since my desire is to support my family and also provide people in need with free, good quality care. My mother is a single mother and she suffers from a disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura. This is from where my interest in this career comes. I want to be able to help others improve their health and save lives. My mother finds it difficult to work, so she cannot help me pay for this degree since it is expensive and the materials required are also expensive.
Recent update: As she is able to focus on her studies and addressing local problems, she has started her own initiative with a group of friends. With donations collected from their neighbours and local stores, they help patients in her local hospital who have travel far distances and are in need of food, clean clothes and immediate supports.
Join us in our mission to make a difference now and for many years to come.