Worldwide Healing Hands embarks on mission to Uganda

Uganda teamKELSEYVILLE >> Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care for women and children, is sending a team of doctors, nurses and volunteers to Uganda to train health care workers and provide services at the Muko Health Centre IV in Rubanda County, Kabale District.

“We plan to assist the staff at the Muko Health Centre, which as a level IV center in Uganda should be able to provide cesarean sections but does not,” said Dr. Paula Dhanda, medical director and president of the WHH board. “Our goal of this mission is to find the causes of this deficiency and help to correct it.” (more…)

Uganda Mission Volunteer Team 2015


We have a wonderful and dedicated team of volunteer medical professionals lined up for our first mission to Uganda. Our goal is to share our skills in this remote area of Uganda at the Muko Health Center IV, so that our work is sustainable. The team will be led by Dr. Paula R. Dhanda and Dr. Arthur Bikangaga. (more…)

Nonprofit helps with healing

Carol at Moose Lodge

Licensed Vocational Nurse Carol Stahr provides care to a Valley Fire evacuee as Dr. Paula Dhanda speaks with her during the Worldwide Healing Hands health clinic at the Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks on Sept. 19.

Clearlake Oaks >> Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) held a free health screening at the Moose Lodge on Sept. 19 where dozens of Valley Fire evacuees received care.

Two WHH homeless clinics had been canceled due to the string of fires Lake County has recently seen. The second was scheduled to take place on Sept. 19, but after the Valley Fire’s explosive eruption, nearly 30 WHH volunteers came together with only 24 hours notice, including three physician, eight nurses and four counselors to instead serve displaced residents at the Moose Lodge shelter. They were also joined by five nurses from the Ukiah Valley Medical Center and another from Sacramento.

“It was so heart warming to get people to help,” WHH founder Dr. Paula Dhanda said. “A lot of them did not know each other, but really came together as a team for common goal.” (more…)

Worldwide Healing Hands gives award

Claire VargasKELSEYVILLE >> Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) is honored to wish Claire Vargas all the best as she begins a new chapter of her life at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.

Vargas, a 2015 graduate of Kelseyville High School (KHS), is the first recipient of the John Paul Clarke Memorial Scholarship, awarded by WHH this past June. Clarke’s parents, John Clarke and Dr. Paula Dhanda, as well as his sister, Jasmin Clarke, are largely responsible for creating the (more…)

9 Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

GynecologicSeptember is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month. Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, and risk factors (more…)

25 things I tell my precious daughter — For parents and girls


My daughter’s first mission to Nepal

1. You are unique in all the world. There is only one you.

2. Be a leader, not a follower.

3. Be Kind. Always.

4. Love yourself first.

5. Be yourself. Love what you love. Do what you want to do. Don’t tolerate any judgment.

6. Everyone has flaws. No one is perfect. Not even your parents. (more…)

Dr. Dhanda speaks to Lakeport Civic Club

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Dr. Paula Dhanda, guest speaker and Toni Stewart, LWCC president at the club’s March 6 meeting.

Lakeport >> The Lakeport Women’s Civic Club (LWCC) hosted gynecologist Dr. Paula Dhanda at its regularly scheduled meeting and luncheon at the Riviera Country Club Restaurant on March 6.

Not only is Dhanda known here in Lake County for delivering thousands (more…)

Mrs. Sybill Storz supports Humanity

IMG_1846I was invited to speak at the Karl Storz company about the use of their state of the art surgical instruments that they generously donated to Worldwide Healing Hands. During my visit they shared with me their core values one of which was: (more…)

Letter to Mrs. Sybill Storz

Sybill StorzJuly 9, 2012

Dear Mrs. Storz,

Nowhere in medicine are global disparities more striking than in surgery. I did not realize this until I began volunteering on medical missions in developing countries.

When I was in Chad in 2009, there was an anesthesia (more…)

Women on 20s

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 12.20.38 AM This is a campaign called Women On 20s. It’s an effort to convince the President that “now is the time to put a woman’s face on our paper currency” and they are shooting for the $20 bill. The website is and they are currently taking votes for the best candidate. Express your voice on this important initiative!