“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

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Our Mission

A Medical Teams International movement to champion health and wholeness for women and children around the world.

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.

Join our Facebook group or email us at [email protected] to get involved!

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Women waiting outside the maternal and child health ward in Kyangwali, Uganda


Upcoming Events


BOOK CLUB Virtual Event Wednesday, October 18 | 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time

October Book Club

Join our Book Club! This fall we’ll dive into “The Good Braider”, a fictional novel of Viola, a refugee in America “struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. Terry Farish’s haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant’s struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.”

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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.Liberia, Abigail with mothers group, 2019

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.

Guatemala, Hurricane Response, Medical Teams staff measure baby's weight at shelters where families are staying
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 to other women in the community who share their passion for our mission and to the women we serve through international volunteer experiences.

Teach 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 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’ Maternal and Child Health programs.

Donate Now

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

For more information about Healthy Women, Healthy World or to get involved, contact [email protected].

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Past Events

The Global Food Crisis (is Sexist): Hunger’s link to gender based violence.

The Global Food Crisis (is Sexist): Exploring why women are hungrier and what we can do about it.

Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis: From citizen to refugee

Healthy Women, Healthy World: Fight malnutrition in a changing world

Our diverse panel spoke on this important topic with an emphasis on how COVID and climate change are affecting children in Guatemala, a country that already is known for some of the highest rates of childhood malnutrition and stunting in the world, as well as one of the most vulnerable to natural disasters. This webinar also includes stories of impact from Medical Teams Guatemala programming and Providence partnership, and a Q&A with our presenters. (Recorded February 16, 2022)

Healthy Women, Healthy World: The impact of climate change on health care and migration

In celebration of Earth Day, we heard from a panel of experts on how the climate crisis is changing the way we do health care. From providing renewable energy in rural areas to how we care for refugees after disasters, our experts provided hope and guidance for the future of health care in a changing world. (Recorded April 21, 2021)

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)

Learn More on our Blog About the Issues Impacting Women