Support our UK clinic and advice
I have a lot of pain on the body and I am not sleeping well, I have really bad dreams. I think a lot, relive things
This year, thousands of vulnerable, traumatised and scared people will call our helpline or visit our clinic to seek medical help. Every person will have a different, often heartbreaking, story to tell. Whatever the issue, Doctors of the World vows to do our best to help.
But we can only be there thanks to kind, compassionate people donating to keep the service open. It is generous gifts that helps us to keep our promise to be there for all those who need us.
Our volunteers are fantastic. They listen. Advise. Help in any way they can. They do not judge and respect everyone who comes to us in need of help.
And who is it they help? Victims of torture. Asylum seekers. Refugees. Sex workers. People fleeing from modern day slavery. Men and women like Tavish.
Tavish’s back reveals the scars from his torture in Sri Lanka
Tavish suffered severely during the Sri Lankan civil war. He lost his land and property and one of his brothers was killed. Tavish himself was arrested and tortured because of his suspected involvement with the group that was at war with the government.
He was tortured again by the Sri Lankan authorities in 2015 and only released after his father paid a bribe. He was then smuggled to the UK, where he applied for asylum.
Tavish was in urgent need of medical help, as the torture he had suffered took a heavy toll on his physical and mental health. His lower back bears the scars of being beaten with a large stick. Yet his local GP surgery in London would not register him, saying that he did not have the correct proof of address documents.
When he came to Doctors of the World’s clinic, volunteers identified that Tavish was suffering from PTSD and helped him to register with a GP. We also referred him for regular counseling.
In the next year we don’t want to let a single person down. Please will you help patients like Tavish by donating today?
The difference you can make right now
It is only kind people donating that will keep our clinic and advice line open over the coming year. Please give generously to help Tavish and others.
Here is how your donation could help
£20 – many of the callers to our advice line don’t speak great English and so need their calls translating. This costs 50p per minute. A gift of £15 would cover 40 minutes of translation services.
£49 – covers a week of travel expenses for a volunteer at our London clinic.
£160 – contributes towards the training and recruitment of our medical volunteers.
£280 – goes toward the running costs and medical supplies for our clinic.