History and Achievements

History and Achievements

Dr. Paula Dhanda founded Worldwide Healing Hands after a medical mission to Chad, Africa in 2009 where she witnessed first-hand the lack of access to medical care for many women and children. Dr. Dhanda was heartbroken by the suffering and needless deaths that she witnessed and she vowed to do something to help alleviate these preventable deaths.

Worldwide Healing Hands initially worked under the umbrella of Adventist Health International.  We subsequently established a 501(c)(3) non profit organization in 2012 and have been growing ever since in terms of staff size, healthcare providers trained and number of women served.

Since our founding, Worldwide Healing Hands has achieved the following milestones:

  • Staffed the organization
  • Developed an outstanding Board of Directors and Board of Advisors
  • Successfully recruited medical volunteers for each mission
  • Raised funding for each mission
  • Collected all the necessary medical and surgical supplies for each mission
  • Trained numerous physicians, midwives, nurses and other healthcare providers worldwide
  • Effectively impacted and improved the lives of over 5,000 women and their families
  • Established programs for medical screening of the homeless population locally
  • Won several awards for alleviating suffering and promoting wellness
Doctor showing mother newborn


2015    Mission to Uganda
Partnering with the Uganda Ministry of Health

2015    Lake County, California
Medical care for the Valley Fire evacuees

2015    Mission to Haiti
Partnering with Project Medishare and University of Miami

2014    Lake County, California
Medical screening for the homeless

2014    Aborted mission to Sierra Leone

2013    Mission to Nepal
Partnering with Himalayan Healthcare

2012    Mission to Nepal
Partnering with Himalayan Healthcare

2011    Mission to Haiti
Partnering with Project Medishare and University of Miami

2010    Mission to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake
Partnering with Project Medishare and University of Miami

2009    Mission to Chad
Partnering with Adventist Health International

Honors & Awards

2014    Unsung Heroes of Compassion
His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented this accolade

2013    Real Hero
American Red Cross: This award recognizes those in our community who have shown courage, dedication and character through extraordinary acts of heroism and kindness.

2013    Byron Whipple Award
“Dr. Paula Dhanda received the Byron Whipple award recognizing extraordinary community and charitable service.”

2012    Marla Ruzika Humanitarian of the Year
Stars of Lake County: “Dr. Paula Dhanda is being recognized for her medical efforts and also for the goodwill she spreads in our community, our country and the world.”

2011    Ruby Award
The Soroptimist International Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

2010    Physician of the Year Mission Award
Adventist Health:  “It is our privilege to acknowledge the compassionate work of those who distinguish themselves from the ordinary. Our Adventist Health Physician of the Year Mission Award recipients truly are exemplary health care providers.”