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Who we are


A just world in which all people have access to good quality and dignified healthcare.

Our Objectives:

EMMS International is Scotland's longest-serving international healthcare charity. Since 1841, from our base in Scotland, we have set out to heal the sick in some o f the poorest communities in the world.

Today, we continue to improve health, currently in Malawi, Nepal, India and Scotland, where poverty exists. We do this through a multi-faceted approach, developing healthcare resources via education, improving infrastructure and the environment, tackling inequalities and discrimination based on matters such as age, disability, sex, religion or belief, and so empowering the vulnerable.

We help families in countries challenged by poverty and disease to gain access to a range of healthcare services, and help break the cycle of poverty and injustice by creating sustainable healthcare solutions with our partners. We stand with some of the most vulnerable in society to promote justice, giving them power over their own lives by providing them with an education to earn a living, whilst creating a stronger health service which helps protect their local environments.

We give not only hope for the future, but real, tangible, sustainable change.

The objects of EMMS as stated in our Memorandum of Association (updated 20/09/2022) are:

  1. The prevention or relief of poverty;

  2. The advancement of health;

  3. The advancement of education;

  4. The saving of lives;

  5. The advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation;

  6. The advancement of environmental protection or improvement;

  7. The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage;

  8. Such other object as is charitable, not falling under the preceding sub-clauses and that may reasonably be regarded as similar to any of the preceding sub-clauses. 

With the foregoing objects to be carried out throughout the world in accordance with Christian faith for the benefit of people of all faiths and none.

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