My story is one example of many positive stories we have seen in history. I don't believe in 'heroes' (there are many!) but I do believe in determination, hardwork & unlimited vision.
Dr Waheed Arian (Chester, United Kingdom)
Dr Waheed Arian, an NHS doctor who lives in Chester, UK, won the 2018 Rotary International Peace Award for Arian Teleheal, his lifesaving social media healthcare charity. "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."
Dr Arian arrived in the UK as a 15 year old refugee from Afghanistan with a childhood dream of being able to help others as a doctor. He completed his A-levels at night school while supporting his family with job in shops and restaurants, before studying medicine at Cambridge University and gaining qualifications at 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. As a newly qualified doctor, Dr Arian used his leave to travel back to Afghanistan and assist medics who were caring for patients injured in the ongoing conflict. He was inspired to start the charity after realising that many of his UK colleagues would like to help too, but could not travel safely to Afghanistan. Arian ‘Teleheal’ doctors have advised all major emergency departments and intensive care units in Afghanistan. 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.