WIRED International

Rating: 4 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, Health, International

Location: PO Box 371132 Montara CA 94037 USA

Mission: In some of the most challenging environments, WiRED is often the sole source of updated health care and medical information for doctors, medical students and average people. For example, WiRED:* Provides HIV/AIDS information in Kenya to to over a million people* In Iraq, WiRED has installed over 30 Medical Information Centers and four video conferencing facilities over the past five years. * Update medical practices and provide comprehensive, contemporary medical resources in post conflict countries such as Bosnia, Montenegro, Croatia, Nicaragua and Serbia.* Provide modern educational resources for children in schools and orphanages in Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia and Sierre Leone.* With the Information Telemedicine Network bring crucial medical information to the poorest countries in the world.*Develop medical stored medical content programs for areas the Internet does not reach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a WiRED Board member...a founding member. We work like crazy, as volunteers, to provide health and medical education to those most in need. We have grown in leaps and bounds and have partnered with organizations that are like minded to serve the poorest, the most unfortunate, those without access to health care, information, clean water, electricity, etc. We now have over 300 health/medical education modules that we provide free of charge to those in need and to other NGO's serving those in need. The money we raise goes to our projects, not to salaries. We have effectively managed volunteers in all aspects of health/medical education to donate their talents in service to those who need them. We have done research on the efficacy of our programs and the results are excellent. You can read about our projects and research on our website www.wiredinternational.org or in various journals. Our other board members include Richard Carmona, former surgeon general; David Alberts, retired Director of the Arizona Cancer Center, Charlotte Feretti, Director, Edelman Institute at SFSU, and many others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide more funding for the projects as they do God's work and budgetary constraints make it hard to serve new populations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This group does amazing work on a shoestring budget. They bring life-saving medical information to war-torn and developing areas of the world. Using telecommunications they link doctors to doctors and offer consulting services. It's a group that does an enormous amount of good with limited resources.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I worked as a US contractor in Iraq for a number of years. Although Wired did attempt to establish a presence in Iraq, their claims (which remain on their website) of having any working sites there are greatly exaggerated. At best, they installed some outdated computer equipment that regularly crashed, and they provided no sustainability, leaving those of us who actually stayed in the country facing the anger of medical students and doctors in numerous locations. Furthermore, they attempted to use their connections with the Bush Administration to divert funds from primary care programs for Iraqi women and children to support complex and expensive telecommunications systems that they had promised to the Iraqi government and failed to deliver on. The USAID country director was able to stop them, but it resulted in a major hit on her career. Bottom line is well meaning, but misguided techie folks with no understanding of how to implement development projects in poor countries. Negative impact on other US NGOs is a big minus to any pluses they may bring. Minus two starts for that. Also, for a techie non-profit, you would think that they would update their website to reflect reality now and then. Self hype is another star loser.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Iraq, Kosovo.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get some experience in sustainable development, and take the false claims about what you did down. Get an outside reviewer to give you an ethics assessment. Tone down the bios to reflect reality. You don't have the Gates Board. Don't make them seem so.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knew their telecommunications equipment. Didn't care to learn about the customers or country.

Ways to make it better...

They had not come in on two week tourist visits with the attitude of "we know it all," and had actually spent some time with people who stayed on the ground the whole time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

what to do when the computers break and you are already gone from the country, and getting something newer out to the developing world than discarded versions of PCs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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