Nearly 70% of early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions – conditions like diarrhea. Women in developing countries are 25x more likely to die during childbirth than women in developed countries. And about one in every 40 people in the world die by suicide. Protecting the physical and emotional health of communities worldwide saves lives.
For the past three years, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation has been working tirelessly to establish a hospital in Eastern Somaliland, called the Sanaag Specialty Hospital.
The health care situation in Sanaag has long been dire without a single functioning regional hospital to serve a population of approximately 500,000. The complete lack of infrastructure and medical services has left local communities suffering from some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.
To help solve this problem, the Sanaag Specialty Hospital opened in 2020 and has had an immediate impact in the region. The facility includes 45 beds, an Operating Theatre for performing C-Sections, Emergency services, Diagnostics, and Pediatrics and Maternity departments.
Together with a network of remote health posts and outreach services, we will soon begin providing critical, life-saving health services to some of Somaliland’s most remote, underserved populations, including our cherished frankincense harvesters.
The hospital will be staffed by 47 personnel, including four local providers and one Medical Director with surgical expertise. Doctors Mona and Howa (pictured) were trained at Somaliland’s top ranked medical program and have expertise in maternal care and Cesarean Sections. Along with the rest of our medical team, they will help save countless mothers and infants over their careers.
“I have the utmost confidence in our team to deliver high quality care in the region and look forward to seeing the impact the Sanaag Specialty Hospital will have on reducing infant and maternal mortality”,
Maria Dalton, a Wellness Advocate from Utah, helped provide medical supplies to the Ouelessebougou Alliance, a nonprofit organization in Mali, Africa. This alliance was formed to address basic human needs for Malians.
The Ouelessebougou Alliance serves approximately 22,500 individuals each year. Through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, Maria raised $16,620, which provided feminine hygiene kits, school kits, shoes, clean water, newborn kits, and deworming medication to those in need.
“The work we do in the rural region of Ouelessebougou is extremely important. Malian families suffer daily from the devastating effects of poverty, but we are able to partner with, lift, and help them achieve self-reliance through our sustainable health and education programs.” – Ouelessebougou Alliance staff
In remote parts of the Amazon region, where Copaiba oil is sourced, people have no access to healthcare or dental medicine. doTERRA® Wellness Advocates, together with dentists from the United States and Brazil, spent three days teaching and treating people from 11 communities who traveled by boat to a temporary dental clinic.
Thanks to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, every person served was educated on how to properly brush his or her teeth, with toothbrushes and toothpaste being provided. Additional tools, foldable chairs, and other supplies were donated to community leaders, as well as a dental clinic in a nearby city.
As of November 2019, 12,000 individuals were waiting to be processed at the Mexico–United States Border in Tijuana. A humanitarian crisis arose, and these people endured lives of homelessness, unsafe shelters, and unstable environments.
To combat this crisis, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation enlisted the help of Wellness Advocates in the San Diego and Tijuana areas to provide 72-Hour Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits and MamaBaby Kits to the most vulnerable.
Heather Bickel Stevenson and many others helped the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation to distribute 1,500 emergency relief kits and 100 MamaBaby Kits to shelters in both Tijuana and San Diego. With Heather’s help, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation was also able to provide doTERRA On Guard®, doTERRA Breathe®, and other products to short-term shelters in San Diego.
Nathan and Heather Ogden, cofounders of Chair the Hope, chose to respond to Nathan’s devastating physical setbacks by forging ahead with a passion and fervor for life. Nathan and Heather give back and support others in similar circumstances.
In this podcast episode, we will bring you highlights of the 15 Day Kindness Challenge and of the keynote speaker from doTERRA®’s 2019 Together convention Leon Logothetis. You’ll hear some of his inspirational presentation as well as experiences of people who completed the 15 Day Kindness Challenge.