Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World

At a glance


  • Campaigning
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Human rights
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Women

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National - Britain


Our vision is a world without barriers to health, where healthcare is recognised as a fundamental right.

Our clinics offer primary care and health and social advice from volunteer doctors, nurses and support workers for excluded people including asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, homeless people and sex workers.

As well as providing healthcare, we register those who are facing barriers with their local GP. We currently support around 2,000 people to access the NHS and 91 per cent of our service users had their cases resolved. We intend to scale this up, as there are around 50,000 people who would need to use our services if we did so.

We also offer screening, vital for public health, and we signpost to other services, including housing advice, destitution support and specialist counselling.


In the UK, we run clinic and advocacy programmes in London that provide medical care, information and practical support to excluded people such as destitute migrants, sex workers and people with no fixed address. It is a unique service that addresses this community, without which they are left to suffer, and sometimes die.


Internationally, the Doctors of the World network has more than 400 programmes in over 80 countries. Whether it’s providing urgent medical care when a natural disaster stikes, or working longer term in the conflict affected area of eastern Ukraine, giving mental healthcare to refugees in Calais, or strengthening health systems in west Africa, we meet the health needs of vulnerable people globally.

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