About RAM

“My vision for Remote Area Medical developed when I suffered a personal injury while living among the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America. I was isolated from medical care, which was about a 26 day journey away. I witnessed the near devastation of whole tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses to more advanced cultures. When I left Guyana, I vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world’s inaccessible regions. So, in 1985 I established the non-profit, Remote Area Medical or as most people know us – RAM™. RAM is the way I have kept that promise, not only to the Wapishana Indians, but to thousands around the world in similar conditions. In other words, there are Wapishanas everywhere.”

– Stan Brock, Founder 


To prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need.


To be the best at operating clinics which enhance quality of life through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care to those who are impoverished, isolated, and underserved.


Our organization is part of a larger effort to bring people together to address health care issues in their community and see those communities transformed for a better and healthier future.

Our Core Values

We dedicate our lives to true transformation in our community and world. It is only with compassion and cooperation that we can succeed.
Valuing and respecting those we serve helps empower and equip them to improve their lives and the lives of others.
We maintain high standards by only enlisting volunteers who deliver exceptional service. We strictly utilize entrusted resources to prevent pain and alleviate suffering.

Our Foundational Principles


We believe that we are responsible for one another, and we exist to bring about positive change in our world. We embrace our role to help prevent pain, alleviate suffering, and enhance quality of life for those we serve.


We empower, inspire, and lead communities to serve those in need. We are committed to equipping communities with strategies and resources as we work together to confront healthcare problems in their own backyard.


We are committed to providing all of our services and support at no charge to patients. Our standard of service combines high quality healthcare with compassion and cooperation from our supporters, partners, and practitioners. RAM complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To view full disclaimer click here.


Our mission is driven by the dedication of compassionate volunteers – they are heroes. Our clinics provide volunteers with an opportunity to contribute to community transformation. This generates a movement steered dynamic and caring people seeking to change their world.