Last updated on 01.11.2019

What is Happening?

One of the problems in the field of health is that the health training programs are insufficient in countries, especially the one with low-income. There are 168 medical faculties in 47 sub-Saharan African countries. While there is no medical faculty in 11 of these countries, there is only one in 24 countries.

This situation leads to insufficiency of qualified health workers and increasing of health problems. For instance, 90% of maternal deaths occurring at birth and 80% of dead births occur in 58 countries with low-income, and it is observed that there is a lack of trained midwives in these countries.

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 at 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 Medical Specialization Program

With the aim of increasing local capacity by eliminating doctor deficiency in Somalia, Yeryüzü Doktorları have initiated Somalia Medical Specialization Program in February 2013 with the support of TIKA and in liaison with Somalia Benadir University and Istanbul Medeniyet University. Students who are accepted to the project, are trained for 2 months in Turkey with observer status. After completing these trainings, students work on their thesis study for 2 years, and those who are successful at thesis defense, deserves to have their certificates at the end of 3 years.

Within the scope of this project, 49 students were trained with observer status at the departments of general surgery, internal diseases, gynecology, pediatrics and anesthesia. A total of 21
specialization students graduated, including 9 in general surgery in 2016; 5 in general surgery and internal diseases in 2017, and 7 in the same branches in 2018.

Ibni Sina Vocational School of Health Services

To train technical health personnel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, Yeryüzü Doktorları opened Ibni Sina Vocational School of Health Services in 2013, which was educating at undergradute level, in cooperation with Somali Benadir University. The school started its education with 71 students in 2013-2014 school year and it continued in the years of 2015-2016 with total 185 students from the branches of nursery, midwifery, laboratory technician, public health and pharmaceutics.

After these trainings, 79 students have graduated from the departments of midwifery and nursery so far, and 31 in 2014, 22 in 2015, and 26 of them have graduated in 2016.


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Continuing Medical Trainings

With the aim of providing necessary circumstances for health workers to improve themselves professionally, short-term observation programs were launched, and being 15 of them from Yemen, 25 from Somalia, 1 from Lebanon, 1 from Kosovo and 2 from Palestine, 42 people in total have found the opportunity of observation at various hospitals in Turkey.

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, which is 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.

Chechnya (RF) Health Training

In association with Ministry of Health, Yeryüzü Doktorları went to the region with its medical team including 6 specialists to provide health trainings, between the dates of 14-19 November 2018. In the city of Gudermes, our team did a feasibility study for a newborn intensive care unit and conducted surgeries and examinations for the patients who couldn’t access to necessary treatments. In addition, 10 people were trained in the branches of radiology, anesthesia and newborn.

Azerbaijan Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training (PALS)

An applied training program was launched in 2016 with the partnership of Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan Republic and The Society of Pediatric Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine and by the support of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA). Basic/advanced life support in the situations of life-threatening emergencies or traumas for children, care and follow-up, and the training related to developing different treatment strategies for emergency cases responded to an important need in the region.

Within the scope of trainings given in 5 different centers between the years of 2016-2017, 158 people in total were provided the necessary trainings, and the 4 successful ones among these doctors were brought to Turkey in 2017 to complete their trainer trainings. In 2018, a total of 68 people were trained in the project, and the 4 successful doctors, who completed their trainer trainings, were assigned as trainers along with Turkish doctors.

Azerbaijan Pediatric Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine Program

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 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 Baku and the city of Ganja 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.

Uganda Islamic University Medicine Faculty Training Support

For Habib Medical University, opened within the Islamic University of Uganda (IUIU) in 2015, 240 books were granted and various trainings in the branches of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, biostatistics were provided by the volunteer academicians of Yeryüzü Doktorları.

A DDH – PEV training program was organized within the scope of trainings provided in Uganda in 2018. Across the world, approximately 100 thousand babies with clubfoot (PEV) are born every year and 80% of them are in developing countries. Therefore, clubfoot (PEV) and Developmental Hip Dysplasia (DDH) trainings were planned in the countries where this problem is common. In Uganda, where this project firstly conducted, 280 health workers were provided DDH-PEV trainings in Islamic University of Uganda, and 3 people were examined within this scope.

Mauritania Diabetes and Phacoemulsification Training Program

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 training 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.

Azerbaijan Radiology Training Program

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

Phacoemulsification Training Programs in Azerbaijan, Tanzania, Uganda

To provide our NGOs to share their experiences with Azerbaijan NGOs through the joint projects, a program was launched on cataract surgery in February 2014 with the support of Baku Program Coordination Office of TIKA.

The first training was conducted in the same month with the participation of volunteer physicians from Turkey and Tanzania; 674 eye examinations and 54 surgeries were performed, and also, Phacoemulsification training was given to ophthalmologists from Tanzania.

As another pillar of the project, Baku Program Coordination Office of TIKA delivered required medical equipment, such as, phaco machine and microscope to the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) and opened an eye department in the university. An applied training about use of phaco machine was also given to the ophthalmologists of IUIU in July 2016. Besides, eye healthcare services were provided in Uganda, where cataract is quite common. At the end of these healthcare services provided, a total of 85 examinations and 38 training surgeries were conducted.

Education Infrastructure Support Projects

Physical Therapy Laboratory Setup in Islamic University of Gaza

Following the 2014 attacks on Gaza, Al-Wafa hospital, where Physical Therapy students in Islamic University of Gaza receive their internships and practical educational trainings, went severely damaged; thus, 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

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, the 1st Turkey-Palestine Surgical Congress was organized in liaison with The Palestinian Ministry of Health.

In the congress held on 26-28 March in Gaza, there were 650 participants from the field of humanitarian aid and healthcare in the USA, England, Norway, Italy, France, Germany, West Bank and Gaza cities of Palestine, and Turkey. Moreover, 116 communiques were issued during the congress.

In the notice published at the end of the congress, the necessity of sustainability of Gaza health projects was highlighted by indicating access to healthcare services is a vital right as water and electricity. It was also emphasized that the embargo imposed on Gaza must be removed and doctors’ participation to occupational trainings and congresses abroad must be ensured. Additionally, it was pointed out in Gaza that the surgeons must be encouraged on the field of scientific research.

The First National Health Conference in Somalia

Somalia is currently dealing with a very poor healthcare 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 “The First Somalia National Health Conference” organized on 7-9 November 2013. The conference, held in the capital Mogadishu 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. In the conference, where around 200 national and international academicians, civil society members, UN officials participated, Yeryüzü Doktorları was there with its 3 representatives.

Turkey-Yemen Health Congresses

Yeryüzü Doktorları organized 4 health congresses in Yemen to increase its collaborationist in scientific projects. In the congresses in which volunteer academicians participated, academic articles and communiques were presented besides the short-term trainings conducted.



June 2012

Surgical Congress

November 2012

Cardiovascular Surgery Congress

December  2012

Dental Congress

December 2013

Emergency Medicine Congress

What can you do?

With your donations, you can contribute to our training projects aiming to increase qualified health workers.