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Dr Waheed Arian, an Afghanistan-born NHS doctor who lives in Chester, UK, has beaten worldwide competition to win the 2018 Rotary International Peace Award for Arian Teleheal, his lifesaving social media healthcare charity.
Arian Teleheal uses volunteer doctors from the UK (NHS) and US plus other countries to advise their colleagues in war zones and low resource countries using encrypted social media, enabling real-time discussions on the best available care for patients. The charity has been credited with saving dozens of lives in Afghanistan and Syria.
Dr Arian will also announce an expansion into Africa. Pilot schemes in conjunction with Health Education England will start in rural areas of Uganda and South Africa, and more African and Asian countries are planned.
Dr Arian came to the UK aged 15 as a refugee from the Afghan conflict and, against all odds, gained a place at Cambridge University to study medicine. Graduating with awards from Harvard and Imperial, he worked as a doctor at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, UK, while establishing and growing Arian Teleheal, which now has 100 volunteer doctors. His remarkable rise has been described as beating odds of one-in-a-million by commentators.
Dr Arian said: “I founded Arian Teleheal so that people in terrible conditions around the world could benefit from world-class healthcare through using everyday technology. Our aim is to help local doctors give their patients the best possible care.
“However, by doing this we are also bringing communities together who would otherwise never meet – an off-duty doctor using her smartphone in her own flat to help save the life of a young boy in Kabul. They’ll never meet, but his parents know how she has helped, building a connection between these communities which will last forever.