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 Rhode Island Podiatrist Selected as Recipient of Humanitarian Award from National 
Medical Association
- Volunteerism in Togo, West Africa, and Rhode Island -
East Greenwich, RI (April 9, 2019) - Thomas Mancini, DPM, is the recipient of the 2019 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Humanitarian Award. Dr. Mancini, who practices in Rhode Island and is a member of the Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association, was recognized for his medical missionary work, notably, for founding Clinics of Hope, a nonprofit organization that to date has opened seven clinics in West Africa. Dr. Mancini is speaking about building Clinics for Hope and how he helps Rhode Islanders at the Surgical Pearls by the Sea conference in Newport, Rhode Island at the Newport Marriott Hotel on Saturday, April 27 at 10 am.

“We applaud Dr. Mancini for his selfless dedication to podiatric medicine and surgery,” APMA President David G. Edwards, DPM, said. “This award showcases his tireless effort to provide outstanding care to patients in need.”

Dr. Thomas Mancini has devoted himself to providing care to the world’s poorest patients. In 1998, Dr. Mancini visited Togo, West Africa. He witnessed a desperate and unmet need for medical care, resources, and personnel. For five years, he led teams of health-care professionals on volunteer missions to Togo. In 2003, he was approached by two village chiefs who asked for his help in establishing medical clinics for their remote villages. He founded Clinics of Hope with his colleague Deb Motta and has visited Togo more than 30 times to treat patients and establish new clinics.
“The Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association is proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Thomas Mancini and his charitable work with Clinics of Hope. Tom’s selfless commitment to setting up medical clinics in Togo Africa and his continued mission to provide more health care resources to this region is evidenced by his 2019 American Podiatric Medical Association Humanitarian Award. Tom not only made RIPMA proud but the entire podiatric profession for his hard work and giving. It was an honor to be present in Washington DC when Tom received this award with an inspirational acceptance speech bringing the crowd to a standing ovation,” stated Michael Reuter, DPM, President, Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association (RIMPA). 

Dr. Reuter went on to say, “In recognition of Tom’s achievement, RIPMA will be making a substantial donation to Clinics of Hope. Additionally, I will be joining many of our members in giving a personal donation to this worthy cause.”

In addition to establishing the Clinics for Hope, Dr. Mancini has served as a medical team leader for the Haiti Charity Hope Foundation and has volunteered with the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
Dr. Mancini is planning a Clinics of Hope Foot Health Center to be opened in the capital of Togo in the fall of 2020. The foot center will focus primarily on diabetic foot care, limb salvage, and tropical ulcers.

According to the APMA, The APMA Humanitarian Award is presented to an institution, organization or individual member in good standing demonstrating truly outstanding humanitarian efforts that have had a profound impact on the public and a definable positive impact on podiatric medicine.


About Clinics of Hope
Clinics of Hope was founded in 2004 by Doctor Tom Mancini and Nurse Debbie Motta. Since its inception, Clinics of Hope has specialized in establishing high quality, sustainable and cost-effective medical clinics in remote West African villages. The organization trains and hires Togolese nationals to staff its clinics year round, so even the most remote communities can have consistent access to healthcare. Clinics of Hope has worked hard to refine its small-scale village healthcare model, and partner with other organizations to provide more comprehensive healthcare services. The organization now has the expert skills, experience, and structure in place to meet the serious needs in West African villages. The Clinics of Hope healthcare model is only useful to the extent that it is made available to the many people in sub-Saharan Africa who lack access to healthcare. With the help of committed volunteers and supportive communities around the world, Clinics of Hope can substantially increase public health and share Christ in the poorest villages in West Africa.   Learn more about Clinics of Hope  

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), founded in 1912, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, is the leading resource for foot and ankle health information. Currently, the organization represents a vast majority of the estimated 18,000 podiatrists in the country. In addition to the national headquarters, APMA boasts 53 state component locations throughout the United States and its territories, as well as affiliated societies. APMA's staff, comprised of approximately 60 professionals, is dedicated to promoting foot and ankle health, member service, and professional excellence. Looking toward the future, APMA will continue to advance the growth and stability of podiatric medicine by increasing nationwide awareness of foot and ankle health through public education and legislative advocacy.  Learn more about the  history of APMA .

The Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association (RIPMA), is a non-profit corporation organized exclusively for the purpose of promoting the art and science of podiatric medicine and surgery among and on behalf of doctors of podiatric medicine licensed in the State of Rhode Island, among persons interested in the betterment of public health, and among persons who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement in the art and science of podiatric medicine and surgery. The Association is organized to promote common business interests among licensed doctors of podiatric medicine and those intending to become licensed to practice podiatric medicine and surgery in the state of Rhode Island.   Learn more about RIPMA 
The RIPMA is an organization affiliated with the American Podiatric Medical Association (“APMA”).
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