Mountain Medics International projects are focused on improving the health and quality of life
of mountain communities that provide a home to some of our world's poorest and underserved populations.
In developing areas that suffer from extreme poverty, lack of basic nourishment or
hygiene, health means more than just medicine. At MMI, we aim to promote all-around healthful
change and try understand the root causes of ailments we encounter. We take special sensitivity to cultures and traditions where we work and
always secure permission from local and national governments before starting any project. Where we lack expertise, we look to our partners.
Our projects are a success because of you. We do the coordination and let you put your skills to work, whether you are a doctor, nurse,
dentist, optometrist, engineer, software consultant or just like hiking in the mountains, learning from other cultures, or giving back
through service. Take a look at our current projects and how you can get involved!
Outreach Medical, Dental & Optical Health Clinics
Teaming our volunteers with local doctors and nurses that know most about the region and culture, we accomodate
free clinics to communities with little access or funds to obtain care. We offer these clinics
on-the-go to reach the most remote areas, where some have never seen a doctor or dentist or received an
immunization. We even make house visits and where possible offer support to villagers that require better diagnosis,
hospitalization or surgery outside of their village. We then document and analyze our diagnoses and treatments,
returning to the same areas year after year to encourage preventative health and study progress. Where suitable, we donate
dental and medical supplies to local clinics to help maintain good health and hygiene after our volunteers
Green Sustainable Development Programs
After thorough investigation, we look to take on the root causes of ailments. Often, cultural norms, education, or
economics lead to poor drinking water or unsanitary conditions that exacerbate many of the health and nutrition problems thriving in
these communities. We, as vistors, are a part of the problem when we don't clean up after ourselves or set a bad example. At MMI, we promote responsible
habits that will help rid these communities of problems such as gastritis, parasites, bacterial and viral infections/diseases and tooth
decay. In many communities, discouraging the spread of disease is as simple as locating latrines further from water sources and
remembering to wash hands. Other times it may require creative solutions to reduce these problems effectively. Until sustainable
solutions can be put into place, we run programs with local health care workers and schools to teach best practices in preventative
health. Then, for example, we may team together to build a water filtration/purification system or better managed latrines. With the goal of long-term
sustainability, we will always ask locals to take a vested interest in their future health, through labor, maintenance, and costs
for any program. We also look for solutions that use as few resources as possible to provide a green and cost-effective answer
to community health problems.
Awareness & Education
Awareness and education are shared benefits between our host communities and our volunteers. On the one side, every furtherance
of education we can provide our communities will help them live longer, healthier, and higher quality lives. We donate school supplies
to help children that lack variety of material in their education. We involve community members in the planning and execution of all of our
projects to effectively encourage prevention and positive change while enabling long-term self-sufficiency. On the other side, our programs expose
our volunteers to little understood situations overseas, bringing awareness of other cultures, poverty and our interconnectedness
as human beings.
As the mountains are often inherently earthquake prone, we recruit experts and volunteers for medical clinics,
cleanup, and recovery construction efforts in response to natural disasters. While disaster recovery is not our area of expertise,
we have recently been supporting Pisco, Peru donating food, medicines and supplies while partnering with expert
organizations on scene to help improve health and sanitary conditions.