May 6, 2009 (East Haven, CT) – At least 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to the most basic healthcare, with this burden being greatest in countries overwhelmed by poverty. Since the gap between rich and poor is widening, the Global Health Education Foundation (GHEF: www.globalhef.org
) has been set up to tackle worsening disparities in healthcare.
“GHEF recognizes that there have been many worthy efforts to address healthcare disparities across the world, but that the need for additional initiatives remains,” commented Dr John Mei, GHEF’s CEO and Co-founder. “In particular, the lack of appropriate educational resources and training opportunities for healthcare professionals is one of the major barriers that many nations face in improving healthcare quality.”
“We face a great challenge in achieving our objectives, but I believe that the will exists for us to make a difference,” commented Dr Faiz Kermani, GHEF’s President. “We hope to encourage support from a range of interested parties and harness their talents for dedicated healthcare projects in the global areas that need them most.”
Through the availability of improving communication technology, and the willingness of highly trained medical professionals who are willing to volunteer their time to educate others, GHEF is confident that the objective of improving healthcare access across the world can be achieved.
Dr John Wei (CEO)
Global Health Education Foundation
64 Thompson Street, Room A 204, East Haven, CT 06513, USA
Tel: +1 203-745-8031
For more information on GHEF please visit http://www.globalhef.orgNotes About GHEF
The Global Health Education Foundation (GHEF) is a non-profit organization that seeks to rectify the basic inequalities that exist in healthcare across the world. GHEF is being organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. All activities in foreign countries will be on a non-profit basis only.
The organization is non-religious and non-political. GHEF will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin and ethnic origin in administration of its activities and projects.
All GHEF staff are non-salaried volunteers. GHEF’s volunteer staff have been selected based on their commitment to the organization’s basic ideals, their scientific and medical areas of expertise and due to their network of contacts in the academic and commercial areas of medicine, and their knowledge of healthcare in developing countries. About Dr John Mei
Dr John Mei holds the position of CEO at GHEF, which he co-founded. He was born and brought up in mainland China, where he completed his undergraduate education at Amoy University. Before he came to the United States, John conducted scientific research in the field of Hybrid Rice at Academia Sinica. After completing his graduate education in 1999 from Cornell, he started his post-doctoral research training at Yale University School of Medicine. John’s research achievements have mainly centered on biomarker discovery (medical diagnostic), preclinical and clinical work. As part of his work to set up GHEF John has traveled extensively in rural areas of Asia. About Dr Faiz Kermani
Dr Faiz Kermani holds the position of President at GHEF. As a child, and now an adult, he has lived in and/or visited more than 30 countries, including Ireland, the UK, Pakistan, Iran, Algeria, and the US, which is currently "home." Faiz holds a PhD in immunopharmacology from St.Thomas’ Hospital, London and has carried out medical research in the cardiovascular, dermatology and obstetrics/gynecology fields. He has also published a number of articles on healthcare and access to medicines issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Faiz hopes to apply some of his experience of living and traveling in these areas to his work at GHEF.