Broken by suffering. Moved to action.
Our story began in November 1979. Ron Post sat in his easy chair watching the nightly news. He watched scene after scene of suffering flash across the screen. The news was showing thousands of Cambodians trying to escape the Khmer Rouge by fleeing to Thailand.
Ron watched as aid workers picked up a young girl’s body from a rice field. He looked across the room at his teenage daughter and thought, “What if she lived in Cambodia? Would anyone care about her?”
Suddenly, a thought came to him as clearly as if someone had written it on a piece of paper. The idea was to recruit a medical team to help refugees.
Ron, a businessman without any medical experience, didn’t know how he was going to make it happen. Doubts filled his mind.
Ron prayed for answers and doors began to open. He boldly took steps to put a team together. In two weeks’ time, a group of 28 volunteers were on their way to Thailand.
That was the beginning of Northwest Medical Teams – now known as Medical Teams International.
More than 40 Years of Love in Action
Since 1979, we’ve provided life-saving medical care for people in crisis, including survivors of the Rwandan genocide, the South Asia tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In 1989, we launched a Mobile Dental Program, providing free dental care to people in need right in our neighborhoods.
With our history and experience, we’ve grown into our role as experts in disaster response – disasters that are both natural and manmade. Right now, we’re responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the largest refugee crisis the world has ever known.
Our staff and volunteers care for the hurting in frontline clinics, refugee camps and remote villages. In places where mothers and babies are dying. Where outbreaks threaten to overtake entire communities. Where local health systems are overwhelmed or non-existent.