Meet the Team: Azeria

We are kicking off with a meet the team series so you can get to know us and understand what WHEF means to us! Let’s get started!

Introducing: Our President and Founder

Azeria Telesford

Hello! My name is Azeria and I am the founder of WHEF. I am a first generation Caribbean-Canadian, and an aspiring physician. I was raised in a very Caribbean household partly in Australia and partly in Canada so I love all things travel, music and food!

My passion for medicine began at a young age, and as I grew and traveled this grew into a passion for equity and diversity in healthcare, and a desire to see every patient experience high quality and informed care. The initial seed for WHEF was a travel experience in Guatemala that exposed me to different types of healthcare inequity, and this awareness was expanded as I continued to learn about the inequities that exist in healthcare systems everywhere.

As I was an undergraduate student at the time, I knew I had limited resources and would need to seek out as much information as possible. I spent time doing research and talking to people who were already involved in this work. I found that one area I could hope to affect was increasing accessibility to medications and supplies, through helping to provide funding and resources. Providing aid that is highly informed, sustainable, equitable and dignified was and continues to be of the highest importance in our work.

From there I began developing this idea through partnership with Impact Ministries, while compiling a team of my peers with similar passions, and WHEF was formed.

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I want to be a part of improving health care for patients with various barriers to access, through WHEF and as a passionate and informed physician! I am driven by a desire to see improvement not only in accessibility to medications and healthcare facilities, but in diversity, equity and cultural awareness in healthcare delivery.

Together we can make an impact on the health of the nations and the generations to come.

“Of all forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

Dr Martin Luther King

The mission of WHEF is to increase accessibility to medications and supplies for healthcare facilities in Guatemala and Grenada. If you are interested in hearing more about the work we are doing, or in connecting with us, you can visit our website, check out our instagram or facebook, or sign up to receive our newletters. If you would like to support us in our work, please donate here.

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