Health—General & Rehabilitative

OneWorld Health

Charleston, SC   |  www.oneworldhealth.com

Mission

Our mission is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to people in need. Our vision is to see impoverished communities take ownership in a sustainable healthcare model, so that they become empowered to bring about long-term change and tangible improvements in their health and quality of life. We have developed a model that provides affordable healthcare to the communities who need it most and does not require ongoing support to keep the doors open.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Michael O'Neal

Main address

21-D Gamecock Avenue

Charleston, SC 29407 USA

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EIN

26-3717278

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In countries like Uganda and Nicaragua, systemic problems impair people's ability to receive the type of healthcare they need. The two primary problems are extremes in distribution of wealth and underfunding of public healthcare.

While quality healthcare is available in the private setting, the overwhelming majority of the population cannot afford the costs. This leaves most people with one option, the public healthcare system. Yet the underfunded public system often results in dangerous wait times, improper diagnosis and treatment, and limited access to needed services. While in theory all services are free, in actuality there are costs associated with receiving care.

At OneWorld Health, we believe that your birth country should not determine your ability to access basic healthcare. We exist to provide quality, affordable healthcare to people, families, and communities that are caught in the gap between an under-functioning public system and an unaffordable private system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

OneWorld Health Uganda

OneWorld Health is utilizing four project models. In East Africa, a hub and spoke model is being used to offer a full scope of medical services through a centralized comprehensive medical center. This center also receives referral patients from satellite outpatient clinics within a two-hour radius.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

OneWorld Health is utilizing four project models. In Central America, an outpatient clinic model with locally specialized services is the strategy of choice for the rural areas, while the micro clinic is a full-service outpatient care and diagnostic clinic designed for urban settings.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Several times a year, OneWorld Health sends teams of medical and non-medical volunteers to serve the communities surrounding our project sites in Central America and East Africa. During the development phases of our medical centers, these teams provide consistent care to the region, build a foundation of quality care and advocate for the clinic that is to come. Once our medical centers are in operation, these teams support the centers through continuing to provide quality care, training and patient referrals. OneWorld Health’s short-term trips pave the way for the success of our long-term projects, while leaving no volunteer the same upon their return home.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults satisfied with the health care system in the community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We believe that your birth country should not determine your ability to access basic healthcare. We are driven by the conviction that we're all created equal in the image of God, but not all of us are treated equally. We believe that where you are born should not determine whether you have the ability to meet basic human needs like healthcare. We exist to provide quality, affordable healthcare to people, families, and communities that are caught in the gap between an under-functioning public system and an unaffordable private system.

Our model for operational sustainability is built around providing fee-based, affordable healthcare. While public healthcare is free in theory, the reality is that a portion of the cost of care is transferred to the patient due to underfunding. Because of this, OneWorld Health strives to price services as close as possible to the actualized cost of care in the public system, or approximately 30%-70% below the private market. Currently, OWH is utilizing four project models to meet this objective. In East Africa, a hub-and-spoke model is being used to offer a full scope of medical services through a centralized comprehensive medical center. This center also receives referral patients from satellite outpatient clinics within a two-hour radius. In Central America, an outpatient clinic model with locally specialized services is the strategy of choice for the rural areas, while the micro clinic is a full-service outpatient care and diagnostic clinic designed for urban settings.

OneWorld Health has established and maintains five medical centers where treatment and training are taking place. Additionally, we have partnerships with local ministries of health, NGOs, and universities to expand treatment and training beyond our own centers to other partner treatment locations. OneWorld Health's experience in East Africa and Central America demonstrates our capabilities for achieving our goals. Our skill set blends the best of both the non-profit and for-profit worlds to bring quality, affordable healthcare to communities.

Patient Volume: We have conducted patient satisfaction surveys in the past; however, we have found that patients tend to provide overly generous feedback, which may or may not accurately reflect their experience with our facilities. Instead of relying on these surveys, we track growth in patient volume. This growth demonstrates how our patients perceive the value of our service. Quality of Care: Through oversight of our Medical Committee, annual third party medical audits and our internal Clinical Quality Control Matrix, OneWorld Health monitors impact and outcomes of all of our projects. We pay close attention to quality indicators to ensure our services are being delivered within our preset parameters and with continuity. Sustainability: A primary goal of sustainability is affordability. One of the key performance indicators used for this purpose is the patient payment rate. We have seen remarkable consistency in this area, even as our patient volume has grown significantly.

Since opening our first sustainable medical center in January 2011, OneWorld Health has now provided care to over 250,000 patients in Uganda and Nicaragua. Our services have generated over $2,000,000 from user fees, allowing us to develop new facilities and services. Based on the current number of facilities in operation and under construction, we expect to treat more than 700,000 patients in Uganda and nearly 600,000 in Nicaragua over the next 20 years. This projected impact only considers facilities that are currently operational or under construction. Additional medical centers are under development, which will significantly increase the impact of our programs. Although our projections have a 20-year horizon, our sustainable business model creates a strong foundation for our projects. We will continue to reach thousands of patients per year for generations to come through our self-sustaining facilities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OneWorld Health

Board of directors
as of 4/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mitch Harper

Mitch Harper & Associates

Term: 2019 -

Matthew Alexander

Fits Socks

Dr. Edward O'Bryan

Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Terry Dixon

Medical University of South Carolina

Kevin Kampe

Womack Machine Supply

Mark Brinkmoeller

International Interfaith Peacecorps

Glenn Cunningham

Cunningham & Associates

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Keywords

global health, healthcare, developing world, medical mission