Health Trainings

Health Trainings

Another problem present in the field of health is that the health training programs are insufficient in countries especially with low level of income. There are 168 medical faculties in 47 sub-Saharan African countries. There are no medical faculties at all in 11 of these countries, and there is only one in 24 countries.

What is Happening?

This situation results in insufficiency of qualified health workers and the increase of health problems. For example, 90% of maternal deaths occurring at birth and 80% of dead births occur in 58 countries with low level of income, and there is a lack of trained midwives in these countries.

While 57% of the countries with less than 23 health workers per 10 thousand people were in Africa and 13% of them are located in Southeast Asia, most of the countries that have more than 59 health workers are located in Europe. According to World Health Organization estimates, by 2035, there will be 12 million 900 thousand health workers worldwide.

You can support our educational projects that we aim to increase qualified health workers with your donations.

What do We do?

Yeryüzü Doktorları works on increasing the capacity of healthcare practitioners in the aid-receiving countries through supporting trainings, certifications and internship programs on associate, undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, it contributes to scientific research and activities by organizing scientific congresses tackling various medical topics.

Long-Term Training Projects

Somalia Specialization on Medicine Program

Until January 2013, no institution offered medicine specialization trainings in Somalia, where the undergraduate education on medicine is also very limited. Consequently, Somalian general practitioners had to develop themselves by either going abroad for education or by monitoring the examinations and surgeries performed by voluntary doctors who visited Somalia. With the aim of contributing to eliminate this deficiency, Doctors Worldwide Turkey initiated Somalia Specialization on Medicine Program with the support of TIKA and in liaison with Somalia Benadir.  University and Istanbul Medeniyet University on February 2013. Education program lasting for 3 years is conducted for 10 months in Somalia and for 2 months in Turkey in a year. 22 doctors in general surgery branch and 7 doctors in internal diseases branch are continuing specialisation education program. In 2015, 12 doctors consisting of 10 general surgery and 2 internal medicine doctors came to Turkey.

Ibni Sina Vocational School Of Health Services

One of the educational projects carried out to contribute to resolving Somalia’s lack of health professionals has been to open Ibni Sina Vocational School of Health Services in Mogadishu, which has a population of about 2.5 million. The Ibni Sina Vocational School of Health Services was opened with the support of Benadir University and TIKA. Educational activities were started with 77 students in 3 departments including Nursing, Midwifery and Laboratory in 2013-2014 academic year. With the addition of Public Health department, the number of students in the second academic year reached 143. During their education, Ibni Sina students are provided internship programs in the leading hospitals of the region, such as the Doctors Worldwide Somalia Chifa Hospital, Fiqi Foundation Hospital, and Benadir University Hospital.

Continuing Medical Education Programs

DWWT conducts short-term observation programs to provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to improve in their specialization. Heretofore, 42 professionals were able to attend the programs in a number of hospitals across Turkey. Among these professionals, 15 professionals from Yemen, 25 from Somalia, a professional from Lebanon and another from Kosovo. 

Short-Term Training Projects

Zanzibar Newborn Hearing Screening Training Project

In consequence of the field surveys conducted in line with the demands coming from the local stakeholders in Tanzania, it was detected that “Newborn Hearing Screening Program” which is applied at an international level in many countries including Turkey was not existing in Tanzania and it was decided to start up a project in this direction. As a result of the meetings had with the authorities of Zanzibar Outreach Program (ZOP) which is the local partner in the region, the program was launched in Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, the central hospital of Zanzibar with 1 million inhabitants. As a result of the trainings carried out by our volunteers, applied trainings of the local crew formed by 19 nurses and 3 audiologists were completed in January and June 2015, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Within this frame, 1 audiology specialist was brought to Turkey for internship in Istanbul Education and Research Hospital. After the training given to nurses and audiologists, newborn hearing screening system which did not exist throughout the country was set up with the devices which were installed without any problems.

Pediatric Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine Program, Azerbaijan

Sponsored by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Yeryüzü Doktorları conducted a series of training programs in partnership with The Association of Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Health in April – May 2016.

A tailored practical training program was developed and conducted to teach Basic and Advanced Life Support skills besides other emergency treatment skills to save children suffering from life-threatening traumas and emergency cases. The program organized in the capital Baku and the city of Gence included 4 training courses, each course was implemented in a two-day duration to improve the nursing care, monitoring and treatment quality of critically-ill patients in emergency and intensive care units. A total of 120 trainees completed the program successfully and obtained their certificates.

Diabetes and Phacoemulsification Training Program, Mauritania

In May 2014, Yeryüzü Doktorları volunteer medical team in Mauritania, sponsored by SESRIC (The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries), an organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), conducted sessions on how to deal with diabetes for the Ministry of Health employees. In addition, our volunteering team conducted Phacoemulsification (modern cataract surgery) training sessions for ophthalmologists in the Nouakchott Fighting against Cataract Center.

Radiology Training Program, Azerbaijan

Between the 1st and the 19th of April 2014, Yeryüzü Doktorları, in cooperation with its Canada’s University of Toronto volunteers team, organized both theoretical and practical training programs in Pediatric, Obstetrics, Gynecology Imaging and Adult Abdominal Radiology fields in Azerbaijan.

Phacoemulsification Training Program in Azerbaijan, Tanzania, Uganda

Eye doctors from Turkey and Azerbaijan provided “Phacoemulsification Training” to Tanzanian eye doctors on February 2014 within the scope of activities carried out to improve the collaboration between Turkish humanitarian NGOs and their counterparts from Azerbaijan with the partnership of TIKA Baku Program Coordination Oce and Yeryüzü Doktorları. Within the context of the same program, TIKA’s Baku Coordination Oce delivered required medical equipment, such as, Phaco machine and microscope to the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), opened an eye department in the university and physical and human resources infrastructure was built to improve the local capacity through trainings provided during the camp where 100 surgeries were performed.

Education Support Projects

Gaza’s Physical Therapy Laboratory, The Islamic University of Gaza

Following the 2014 attacks on Gaza, Al-Wafa hospital, where Physical Therapy students in The Islamic University of Gaza receive their internships and practical educational trainings, went severely damaged, a physical treatment laboratory was established in the university with the support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). This laboratory functions as a point of coordination between Physical Treatment and Rehabilitation centers, which were established or restored by Yeryüzü Doktorları in Gaza, and supports these centers with scientific research.

Congresses and Conferences

Turkey- Palestine Surgical Congress Held In Gaza

With a view to increase common scientific work opportunities and to develop health education and scientific research capacity in Palestine, for the first time in Gaza, we organized the 1st Turkey-Palestine Surgical Congress in liaison with Ministry of Health of Palestine. Inauguration of the congress, held on 26-28 March in Gaza and to which 650 doctors from the USA, England, Norway, Italy, France, Germany, West Bank and Gaza cities of Palestine, and Turkey in particular participated and where 116 presentations were performed, was made by the Prime Minister of Palestine Dr. Rami Elhamidlillah and the Minister of Health Dr. Cevad Awad. Ph.D. Orhan Alimo glu from Doctors Worldwide Turkey presided over the congress.

In the notice published at the end of the congress, by indicating access to health right is vital as water and electricity, it was stated to the international community that the health projects in Gaza must be sustainable. It was also emphasized that the embargo imposed on Gaza must be removed and doctors’ participation to occupational trainings and congresses outside the country must be ensured. Additionally, it was pointed out in Gaza to the importance of rendering mandatory and supporting the specialty and research programs in the surgery field and of promoting the surgeons on the subject of research.

Somalia’s 1st National Health Conference

Somalia is currently dealing with a very poor health care system due to the consecutive civil wars and humanitarian crisis hitting different regions of the country. To provide long-term support to Somalia, Yeryüzü Doktorları sponsored Somalia’s first National Health Conference. The conference, held in the capital Mogadishu between November 7 and 9, 2013 under the title “A New Era to Revive Health Sector,” aimed at encouraging Somalian health professionals living abroad to come back and support their country. The Somalian President, Prime Minister and Health Minister delivered their speeches during the conference where around 200 national and international academicians, civil society members, UN officials and Yeryüzü Doktorları representatives were present.

Turkey-Yemen Health Congresses

Yeryüzü Doktorları increased the rate of implementing its training projects in Yemen, mostly before and during the Arab Spring period. Four medical congresses were held during that period with the aim of increasing the scientific cooperation between Turkey and Yemen. During the congresses days academic articles and statements were submitted, in-addition, short term training programs were organized.



2012 June

  Surgery Congress

2012 November

Cardiovascular Surgery Congress

2012 December

 Dental Congress

2013 December

Emergency Medicine Congress 


What can you do?

With little donations, you can lead to great changes in the lives of people you don’t know at all. Because all the support to date have been made with the strength we gained from your goodness.