The idea of founding a global public health organization with a naturopathic focus began in 2005. With a request from the Haitian community in New Jersey to assist with the construction of a hospital in Haiti that would include a Naturopathic clinic and later with trips to Central America, the concept for NMGH was born.
In 2008, I founded NMGH with the help of a fellow Naturopathic Physician and began looking for sustainable project sites. By 2009, NMGH was again focused on Haiti and how the organization could provide a sustainable model for Naturopathic care in Haiti. The earthquake of 2010 changed all this. Logistical problems forced us to postpone our plans and seek out other places to provide assistance. A suggestion from an NGO in Guatemala brought to our attention the need and compatibility of our services among the indigenous of Guatemala.
By the end of 2010 NMGH had expanded its board of directors, conducted a needs assessment, held a focus group in Guatemala, and began the process of developing a community health worker program in partnership with a local NGO’s in the lake Atitlan region of the country.
Our work in Guatemala with the help of our local NGO partners is focused on providing a unique sustainable health care model that includes; a community health workers program, clinical rotations for medical, naturopathic and public health volunteers, and lastly, the construction of a 24-hour clinic featuring both general medicine and naturopathic care.
With the help of our many volunteers from around the world and your financial donations, we hope to remain true to our mission and the idea of health as a human right.