Fact Sheet: World Medical Mission

World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, sends hundreds of medical professionals every year to 66 remote hospitals and clinics in the world's least-developed countries, both as short-term volunteers and through its Post-Residency Program. In addition, World Medical Mission serves as a lifeline to dozens of mission hospitals by providing millions of dollars' worth of critically needed medical equipment and supplies.

SHORT-TERM VOLUNTEERS

  • Short-term volunteers spend anywhere from two weeks to one year serving at a remote hospital.

  • Volunteers are self-funded and raise financial support to cover the cost of their trips. World Medical Mission assists with all logistical aspects of the trips, including flights, visas, medical licenses, in-country travel and lodging.

  • Physicians, physician's assistants, audiologists, surgeons, occupational therapists, optometrists, anesthesiologists, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals are all needed as short-term volunteers.

  • World Medical Mission places volunteers at hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Middle East.

  • After they complete the application process and are accepted to the program, World Medical Mission volunteers choose from a list of hospitals in need of their skillsets.

  • Since 1975, physicians have volunteered on some 10,000 occasions with World Medical Mission, including 702 medical professionals who volunteered in 40 different countries in 2018.


POST-RESIDENTS 

  • World Medical Mission's Post-Residency Program is a fully funded, two-year program for Christian physicians and their families who desire to do medical missions.

  • Through this program, post-residents work alongside veteran missionary doctors, allowing them to hone and develop the skills needed to practice medicine in a developing country.

  • There is a desperate need for medical expertise in the developing world, and the Post-Residency Program trains and equips doctors to work in this setting.

  • After completing the application process and being accepted to the program, World Medical Mission post-residents choose between two hospitals seeking their particular skillsets.

  • Since 2004, World Medical Mission has placed 185 post-residents in hospitals around the globe. In 2018, 15 post-residents began the two-year program.

  • Since 2011, 82 percent of doctors who participated in the Post-Residency Program chose to remain in the mission field long-term.

Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.

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