Health is the greatest of human blessings. ~Hippocrates

Sub-Saharan Africa carries 25% of the global disease burden but has only 3 percent of the world’s health workers.

Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries and is burdened by HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and countless other diseases. There is approximately one doctor for every 50,000 people — and the situation is far worse in rural areas where there can be just one doctor for 1,000,000 people. There is a widespread lack of medical equipment, and there are chronic shortages of essential medicines, vaccines and supplies.

Life is particularly difficult for women. Gender-based violence is endemic and most women do not have access to contraceptives or testing for HIV. More than half of all Tanzanian mothers deliver their babies at home, often with traditional birth attendants, and for every 100,000 births 950 mothers will die, compared to 11 in the U.S.

Unite is investing in the two health programs below that are affecting positive and tangible change.

Deborah E. Wiley

Deborah E. Wiley

Deborah E. Wiley is Chair of The Wiley Foundation of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. which awards the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science annually. Currently she chairs the board of Southern Vermont College, serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy-Rhode Island chapter , the National Book Foundation and recently joined the board of Island Press. She retired after forty years in her family company – Wiley. While in the business she served on several industry boards: chairing the International Intellectual Anti-Piracy Committee of the Association of American Publishers , and serving on the Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) and the board of the Book Industry Study Group.

Wendy Ward

Wendy Ward

Wendy comes to Unite through 10 years of corporate work in Magazine ad sales and 9 years of work in Real Estate, currently at Halstead Property. A Darien Native, Wendy is energetic, supportive and understanding. Her passion for food and social change is only surpassed by her passion for her two daughters. Wendy graduated from Denison University with an BA in Psychology and Spanish. She is a 12 time All-American swimmer. Her recent trip to Africa brought her face to face with Unite's work in Tanzania and she is now committed to further serving the people and returning with her family one day soon.

Susan Cotter

Susan Cotter

Susan Cotter is a Lightworker, Ordained Minister, Medical Intuitive, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Medium. She spent over 17 years in the business industry, including 14 with Estee Lauder, before starting her own business, traveling the world, doing life coaching and intuitive work. Susan was the CEO for Byron Katie and has worked extensively with Wayne Dyer and Carolyn Myss. Her journey through devastating illness and back to radiant health has inspired thousands. Susan works with UNITE on developing programs in wholistic healing and spiritual development.

Kim Crosby

Kim Crosby

Kim Crosby is a NYC-business professional turned mother extraordinaire of four children. She has a natural love and passion for photography and her images are breathtaking. During a family trip to Tanzania with Unite in 2013 Kim took more than 5,000 images. Her eye and commitment is inspirational. Kim lives in Darien, CT, with her husband, four children, and five dogs.

Kim Merriman

Kim Merriman

Kim Merriman has been serving as the official photographer for Unite the World with Africa and our Unite Tour program since 2009. Her talent for and love of photography keeps her busy year-round photographing portraits, nature, wildlife and more. She does private shoots for families in America upon request. For more information email Kim at kkmerriman@gmail.com.

Rémy and Hélène SIMON

Rémy and Hélène SIMON

Rémy and Hélène SIMON, both from Belgium, started early in life to produce photographic work, Rémy focusing on concert shooting and Hélène on ethnographic work among populations of Cameroon and later on within Native American communities. She showcased her work in Belgium and in various U.S. galleries. They both discovered wildlife photography about six years ago when they first set foot in Tanzania. Since, they developed a very original approach with they Black Series, isolating the animals for their background to focus on their inner nature, enlightening their character and sensibility through unusual portraits. remyandhelene.500px.com/#/0

Francesco Pierre-Nina

Francesco Pierre-Nina

Francesco Pierre-Nina is a naturalist and professional wildlife guide with more than 40 years of experience. He owns and runs Tanzania Outfitters and Safaris and is the primary guide for the Tanzania Safari Company, which specializes in exclusive private photographic low-impact mobile tented safaris. Born and raised in Africa and having spent his life in and out of the bush, Francesco is able to access and capture a unique intimacy with his wild subjects. Francesco lives and works in Tanzania. Tanzaniasafarico.com

David Wells

David Wells

Treasurer

Anne Wells

Anne Wells

Executive Director

Simone Quinn

Simone Quinn

Director of Youth Programs, USA

Simone Quinn is a sales, marketing and culinary professional with more than 28 years of experience. Simone earned a BS in Business Administration from University of Denver Daniels College of Business in 1987 and a diploma in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute in 2010. She leads the Unite for Africa program in America and traveled to Tanzania with her family in 2013.

Kim Merriman

Kim Merriman

Managing Director

Kim Merriman has more than 18 years of experience in the fixed income markets working between Boston, London and New York. She is currently with Morgan Stanley. Kim is a CFA holder and 1991 graduate of Colby College. She launched and leads all Unite service tours with her sister Anne Wells.

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