On March 17, 2018, leaders and members of the University of Toledo School of Medicine and International Samaritan witnessed International Samaritan’s induction into the Global Medical Mission Hall of Fame. The Medical Mission Hall of Fame Foundation honors individuals and organizations for their humanitarian efforts. After a thorough and intensive review, the foundation chose International Samaritan as an award recipient because of its endeavors and accomplishments in the medical mission field, specifically its commitment and long-standing work in providing healthcare to garbage dump communities worldwide. Dr. Ziya Celik, Dr. Andrew Casabiance, and Pharamcist Diane Cappelletty was also inducted into the Global Medical Mission Hall of Fame.

Dr. Christopher Cooper, Dean of the University of Toledo School of Medicine, opened the ceremony and welcomed International Samaritan, who was represented by its president, Oscar Dussan, and by its International Medical Coordinator, Mateusz Plaza. International Samaritan’s medical mission volunteers also came to the induction ceremony to show support for the organization. These volunteers were Dr. Jay Jindal, Pharmacist Hamid Sheiki, Pauline Beh, and Nurse Barbara Persensky.

While presenting the work of International Samaritan, Mr. Dussan shared stories of garbage dump community members to the audience and invited the audience to engage with the stories. He emphasized the need to fight for the dignity and health of people who tragically live in garbage dump communities worldwide. He urged the audience to continue working to provide high quality healthcare to our world’s poor people.

International Samaritan aims to continue providing healthcare to garbage dump communities. As a hall of fame inductee, it joins other inductees who are giants in international humanitarian medical work, like Doctors Without Borders. The tremendous honor of induction into the Global Medical Mission Hall of Fame confirms International Samaritan’s medical work as some of the most notable humanitarian medical work in the United States.