Medical Teams International History

Medical Teams International or Northwest Medical Teams International was basically founded due to the efforts of one man called Ron Post. A businessman with no medical background, Post saw television coverage of refugees suffering in Cambodia. This mass suffering of refugees who were trying to escape from Khmer Rouge into Thailand was reaching its extremes and had much causality.

As Post saw images of people dying and children undergoing extremely harsh conditions, his compassion started to get converted into a determination. He kept thinking about how he would feel if the suffering refugee children were his own, and from then he prayed to God to give him the strength to help these people and to be able to make a difference.

It took Ron Post less than a month to gather 28 medical volunteers to take to Cambodia to help those in need. This is how the first Northwest Medical Team was formed in 1979. Phyllis Cavens, a doctor from Longview, Washington was one of the volunteers on this team. She is said to have stated "Bad things happen in the world. The important point is, 'What are you going to do about them?'"

Once the first medical team was created there was no looking back. There are offices across various countries today. The work that the organization does is not limited to only people outside of United States. There are many communities that Medical Teams International has helped within the country too.

From those suffering from conflict in Israel to those who are dying due to starvation Ethiopia, the Medical Teams International team reaches out to everyone they can and make a difference in the real sense. With the grace of God, talented and dedicated volunteers, medical supplies, drugs and more, the organization forges ahead by doing something about the bad conditions that people live in around the world.


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