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My Story

My name is Noah Chow and my goal is to collect and distribute basic medical supplies to third world health care centres around the world.  I encourage you to take a few minutes to read my story and learn what has inspired me to start this non-profit organization!

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How You Can Help

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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve medical conditions in developing countries. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

My Story

My name is Noah Chow and I am a fourth year Health Science student at Wilfrid Laurier University and founder of Health Matters Worldwide.  As a co-op student at Markham Stoufville Hospital and an EPIC - Electronic Medical Record (EMR) super user at The Hospital for Sick Children, I have grown accustomed to seeing medical staff have access to unlimited resources and the best technology available to treat patients.

In the summer of 2017, I was given the opportunity to join an outreach program with Projects Abroad for a medical volunteer trip to Bharatpur, Nepal. During my time in local Nepali hospitals, I worked alongside doctors and nurses to assist with routine tasks and observed how medicine is practiced in a developing country.  


Beyond the exposure to how medicine is practiced, this trip's true value was rooted in becoming a better learner and compassionate care provider capable of working amongst unfamiliar cultures, languages, religions, and political circumstances. I highly recommend learning from a community different than your own as the skills and lessons learned may be entirely unexpected and long-lasting. 


Under the guidance of my assigned doctor, I assisted the medical staff  (birth of baby, heart failure), and providing health awareness by initiating conversations on proper hygiene to the local community. These three weeks were filled with many rewarding moments, and a wide collection of emotional and difficult ones.


The greatest challenge for me was operating amongst the disparity. It was impossible to grow numb to the reality of the poverty-stricken circumstances during my three-week stay. At the hospital, the poverty and disparity were unavoidable. The lack of access to basic services was overwhelming, and with that, the general health and safety of communities were unlike anything I had ever seen.  Some of the basic health hazards that I witnessed were exposed needles on the floors, patients placed on dirty bed sheets and health care professionals not using gloves or a mask when interacting with patients.  I observed the passion of the doctors treatment to patients were hindered by the lack to basic resources such as clean medical gloves, masks and other sanitary items.  


I can begin to understand how faith and hope plays in the lives of some areas of the world – as seen in Nepal. When one's opportunities are so severely limited, such as the lack of freedom from poverty, or access to health care, one can understand that hope, or sometimes prayer are used in the pursuit for a safer tomorrow.  

In the past 3 years, I have worked in many different hospitals in Toronto. I have noticed when departments change supply companies, or get a new version of a product, they often discard the old supplies. In addition, there are many patients who are looked after by Community Care Access Centres. Once their treatment protocol is finished, they often have leftover unused, sterile supplies that can no longer be used for other treatments. 


Through my contacts, my goal is to collect these supplies that would be otherwise wasted and send them to developing countries where they can be put to good use. 

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It's nice to see a 4 time Olympic gold medalist recognize your cause.

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Where We Have Gone

News

Heath Matters makes it on CTV News where we were seen loading up Hayley Wichenheiser's truck with our 15,000 pairs of gloves.  You will see us at 1:10 into the news clip.

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Wilfrid Laurier University Acknowledges Health Matters

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The Temiskaming Speaker Recognizes Our Northern Roots

Help Our Cause

Medical Supply Donations

If you are a doctor or a nurse and your unit is throwing out unused medical supplies either as a result of a new supplier, technology or any other reason. Please put them aside and contact us, one of our representatives will be happy to pick up the supplies. 


Financial Donations

I currently have medical supplies ready to be shipped.  I have contacts who are willing to take these supplies on their medical mission abroad, but need financial donations to help ship these supplies to their destination. 


Financial donations will be used to fund:

  • Shipping Cost
  • Fees
  • Boxes 


Any donation big or small would be greatly appreciated.

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About Me

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My name is Noah and I am a fourth year Health Sciences student at Wilfrid Laurier University. I thoroughly enjoy helping, inspiring and teaching others both on and off campus. I am a Laurier Campus Ambassador, inspiring prospective high school students who are looking to attend Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition, I hold a position with the Emergency Response Team which provides first aid to Laurier's campus and community. As an Instructional Assistant for the Department of Chemistry, I am able to teach and help the next generation of science students.

Founder and President of Health Matters Worldwide

Noah Chow

My Administration Team

Aden Chow, Director, Finance and Administration 

Nasrin Jiwa, Office Administration