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The Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide.
Our Goals Include:
1. Providing free acute and preventative health care services and delivering donated medical supplies to isolated areas.
2. Reducing child and maternal mortality through food safety/prenatal education, nutritional counseling and clean water solutions.
3. Studying and documenting local systems of health care delivery and identifying what progress have been made, what challenges remain, and what solutions exist to improve health care delivery worldwide.
4. Using the latest communications technologies to bring specialist medical knowledge to the developing world, and to share our experiences with the global community and promote cooperation in resolving world health care issues.
All proceeds donated to our cause go to the final preparations to our sail boat (the Southern Wind), medical supplies, equipment and making this dream a reality.
The Floating Doctors Crew
My connection to the Floating Doctors was serendipitous. I had recently moved my photo business to a studio space in Sausalito and was living aboard a 35 foot sailboat in the yacht harbor. While more and more of my photo assignments had been connected with the ocean, I’ve long held a dream to produce a photo-documentary project while sailing around the world. The problem I kept coming back to was the lack of purpose, real purpose. Anyone with enough determination can learn the skills necessary and sail around the world, but I wanted to give back in the best way I could; that is, with photography. Not three weeks after writing an entry similar to this in my journal I was introduced to crew member Graham Litchman. A random meeting on the street in San Francisco has led to my full commitment to the cause. I want as many people as possible to join this Floating Doctors journey, in whatever way you might.
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