History & Leadership
It all started when…
WONM was first established on the Caribbean Island of Nevis as WONMP, on October 11, 2003, by Public Diplomats of the International Parliament for Safety and Peace (IPSP), to satisfy the needs of an international Natural Medicine Humanitarian Health organization.
During its infancy Sir 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 humanitarian programs namely; self-care education, community development to underserved individuals and 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 centers, that engage in traditional natural medicine health care, education for local populous and community development where the need is more urgent.