Why Health?

Mission Doctors saved Sandrine’s life

Sandrine was just skin and bones, and failing on her HIV medication in 2010 when Mission Doctor, Jim Hake, began serving in rural West Africa. Jim cared for her for three years, providing compassionate care and patiently helping her come to terms with her chronic illness.

On Dr. Hake’s return this year, he was greeted by a happy, strong Sandrine, who is currently in school and looking towards the future. A future she would not have without Mission Doctors.

400 million people around the world, like Sandrine, do not have access to essential health services.1

That is more than the entire population of the United States.

Millions of people living in rural Africa and Latin America travel for hours, even days, to arrive at hospital or clinic often to find an understaffed facility. Many locations lack the necessary doctors to provide even basic care.


How do we bring lifesaving medical care to the world ?

Sustainable healthcare is always the long-term goal for Mission Doctors. We partner with local facilities, Catholic Bishops, Priests, Religious Sisters and Brothers to provide direct patient care and training for local health professionals

In 1959, Mission Doctors began working in East Africa. Since then MDA has made it possible for doctors to serve in hospitals in East and West Africa, the Pacific, in refugee camps in Thailand, and in hospitals and clinics in Central and South America.  Learn More

Today, many patients like Sandrine are waiting for a Mission Doctor.

Your gift to Mission Doctors is the gift of health, providing compassionate care and training for local medical professionals.


1. World Health Organization
Joint WHO/ World Bank new release