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How we work

Providing access to healthcare since 1841

Since our founding in 1841, EMMS International has followed the example of Jesus , bringing health and hope through high-quality, compassionate and sustainable healthcare. We were one of the first overseas medical organisations in the UK and are one of Scotland’s oldest charities. 

Healthcare and poverty

We serve and support some of the world's poorest, hardest to reach and most vulnerable communities. Working with trusted partners in Malawi, Nepal, India, and Scotland, we improve people’s well-being and provide better healthcare.


In the last 7 years (2015 to 2022), we have helped over 1 million people living in poverty, over half of them hard-to-reach and over half of them women and girls. In the same period, we trained 3,483 local health workers, of whom 2,350 (67%) are women and girls.  


The right to health and healthcare – our areas of work

EMMS International tackles health inequalities for people who are held back by poverty, sickness and disease. We do this through:

  • Strengthening local healthcare, especially in hard-to-reach, rural communities

  • Developing palliative care for families with life-limiting illnesses

  • Reducing the impact of disease on the poorest people

  • Responding to healthcare emergencies such as COVID-19  

  • Supporting vulnerable girls into healthcare careers to address the acute lack of local health workers in their communities

  • Promoting women and girls’ rights – for example, tackling teenage pregnancy and protecting girls’ health and education

Current Projects 

Find out about our work in Malawi, Nepal, India and Scotland.

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