History and Leadership
WONM was first established on the Caribbean Island of Nevis as WONMP, on 11, October 2003 by Dame Dr. Sheila McKenzie, who was then an appointed Public Diplomat of the International Parliament for Safety and Peace (IPSP) and co-founder Sir Dr. Charles McWilliams and others doctors from, USA, Canada, Europe, Israel, France and Germany, to satisfy the needs for a international Natural Medicine Humanitarian Medicine organization .
During its infancy, Dr. McWilliams and Dame Dr. Sheila McKenzie collaborated on its infrastructure. To fulfill its mission a registry was established to register practitioners and doctors with established educational standards and organizations that concurred with its mandate of humanitarian services geared towards underserved groups.
At its third general assembly meeting held in Ecuador, October 2005 it was decided by most of its executive members to re-establish the organization as the World Organization of Natural Medicine (WONM), under the auspices of Hon. Dr. Sheila McKenzie, to reflect its broader mission for humanitarian outreach to underserved groups. Hon. Dr. Charles McWilliams was appointed the head of its education department to establish educational standards for its members.
WONM is not a credentialing organization but members, are required to provide evidence of educational status as a doctor or practitioners level except for supporting members. Upon satisfying the requirement for membership within the organization, designations confirming the level of membership is conferred. This level of education is necessary to enable effective delivery of its programs namely, self-care education, community development to underserved individuals to the urban poor, rural are Upon or disaster relief as needed.
WONM’s objectives, as set out in its constitution, are the restoration and effective delivery of natural and traditional healthcare and attainment of the highest level of wholeness, geared towards underserved people.
wholeness,” as defined by WONM’s constitution is more than the absence of disease; it is an approach to health that aims to reduce risk of serious illness by, being proactive not just reactive, providing prevention, not just treatment, and encompassing a total approach as opposed to segmented parts, i.e., viewing the individual as body, mind, and spirit and finding a balance. It is a framework for achieving potential well-being and a lifelong process. Nations experiencing wholeness in body, mind, and spirit are less likely to engage in war and unresolved conflicts with other nations.
WONM is not necessarily "disaster relief," but rather "poverty relief," meaning its objective is to develop community clinics, that engage in traditional natural medicine health care, education for local populous and community development where the need is more urgent.
To meet its main objective, it is engaged in the following activities;
1.To collaborate and form partnership with other organizations with similar goals
2.To maintain a registry of doctors and practitioners for humanitarian service and who are available to be dispatched to community, or emergency health care to underserved areas as needed
3.To teach communities to document, for future generations, the skills handed down from their ancestors.
4.To maintain a registry of doctors and practitioners that are traditional and natural medicine healthcare oriented, to work as a unified group, to restore and promote the use of traditional natural medicine healthcare worldwide, and to alleviate human suffering.
WONM philosophy is based on fundamental human rights, calling for recognition from both individuals and governments to recognize the right of natural and traditional medicines as a viable choice for the poor. It seeks to fulfill its mandate for humanitarian medicine by establishing “CLINICS FOR HUMANITY” to deliver free humanitarian outreach programs geared towards the poor.