“As a leader in global health, I am convinced that women are urgently needed to engage in problems that impact women. Medical Teams is ready, skilled, and focused to bring health and wholeness to women and children in desperate need.”

Martha Holley Newsome, President & CEO
Medical Teams International

Healthy Women, Healthy World

Our Mission

To mobilize champions for women and their families impacted by global health issues.

If you are passionate about being a champion for women around the world and want to connect with like-minded people, we’d love to have you join Healthy Women, Healthy World. We meet quarterly — in the Portland and Seattle areas (and now online!) — to learn about the health challenges facing women. Then we act. We volunteer, advocate, and build support for programs that provide life-saving care for women.

Email us at healthywomen@medicalteams.org to get involved!

Be a part of the community by joining our Facebook group!

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Upcoming Events

The Impact of Climate Change on Healthcare and Migration, Virtual Gathering on April 21, 2021 at 7 p.m.

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Together, we’ll be reading and discussing Well by Sarah Thebarge. Her autobiography is an invitation to ask what happens when, instead of asking why God allows suffering to happen in the world, we ask, “why do we?” Come be inspired by her faith and learn how we can apply her story to serving those in need.

Coming Soon, Summer Movie Night, Virtual Event in July 2021

Coming Soon, Book Club Virtual Event in August 2021

Coming Soon, Healthy Women Healthy World Luncheon, Livestream Event in September 2021

Past Events

Healthy Women, Healthy World: A Way Forward in a COVID-19 World
We heard from two medical professionals discussing COVID-19’s impact around the world, the vaccines, and their effect on pregnant women and children. This webinar also includes a brief update on Medical Teams’ COVID-19 response and time for Q&A with our presenters. (Recorded February 24, 2021)


Who We Are

We are compelled by compassion.

Our hearts are broken by suffering. Every child deserves a chance to live a healthy life. According to the World Health Organization, more than half of under-five child deaths are due to diseases that are preventable and treatable through simple, affordable interventions. Medical Teams International’s Mothers and Children programs are working to change this fact.

We are committed to women.

We come alongside those who are vulnerable first. Experience shows that if you provide something for a mother – food, medicine, and knowledge – she almost always puts it to work to benefit her family. Your support provides simple and effective building blocks that make the difference between a healthy child and a sick child.

We are called to action.

Not all of us are medical professionals that can provide direct medical care, but there is something we can all do to help. Learning more about the challenges faced by women living in extreme poverty around the globe is the first step to making a difference. Healthy Women Healthy World offers opportunities for like-minded women to come together to hear speakers who have expertise in areas related to these challenges.

How We Heal

Connect HWHW women to other women in the community who share their passion for our mission and to the women we serve through international volunteer experiences.

Teach HWHW members about the major health issues that are threatening the lives of women and children around the world and what Medical Teams is doing to help.

Give HWHW supporters a way to be a part of the solution by providing opportunities to volunteer locally and internationally, advocate for the women and children Medical Teams serves, and provide financial support for Medical Teams’ Healthy Children and Safe Motherhood programs.

Donate Now

All donations and proceeds from Healthy Women, Healthy World go directly to Medical Teams International Healthy Children and Safe Motherhood projects around the world. Your gifts will make a lasting impact.

For more information about Healthy Women, Healthy World or to get involved, contact healthywomen@medicalteams.org.

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