Celebrating 35 years...

Medical Teams International began as a call to rise, mobilize, and make a difference.

Medical Teams International began as a call in the heart of one man. Ron Post was an Oregon businessman with no medical background. In 1979, Ron saw television reports of mass suffering in Cambodia. He watched thousands of refugees desperately try to escape the Khmer Rouge by stumbling across the border into Thailand.

As an image of a dying Cambodian refugee girl filled his television screen, his compassion turned to determination. “What if that refugee were my own child?” Ron thought. He asked God to help him make a difference for people suffering in Cambodia. Ron organized a team of over 2 dozen medical volunteers to bring desperately-needed supplies and medical care to the refugees. Less than a month later, he and the medical volunteers set out to make that difference by providing care for the survivors in Cambodia’s killing fields.

Ron-Post -Cambodia
Ron Post in Cambodia

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1979: Ron Post organizes first medical team, creating Northwest Medical Teams
1986: Medical Supplies Program launches
1987: First field office opens in Mexico, paving the way for our first development project
1989: Mobile Dental Program launches
1997: 500th volunteer team travels to Mexico
2001: Emergency Medical Services program launches
2007: Northwest Medical Teams becomes Medical Teams International to better reflect our global impact
2008: Eight MTI representatives honored by the President of the United States at a special recognition at the White House.
2013: Medical Teams International rebrands with new logo to convey faith sharply focused into action, with the cross from our faith integrated into our name, the red representing urgency and passion, and the grittiness of our volunteers and the places we serve.


Today, Medical Teams International is a global non-profit, with offices in nine countries and five states.

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