While living among the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America, Remote Area Medical founder Stan Brock suffered a life-threatening injury, while he was isolated from medical care. Although he survived, he witnessed first-hand the pervasive devastation that was often brought on by simple or minor illnesses simply because they didn’t have access to basic healthcare. When he left Guyana, he vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world’s most inaccessible regions.
In 1985, RAM was established as a non-profit to serve as a safety net provider of free medical care in remote areas of developing countries such as Guyana, Haiti, and the Philippines. Although today 89% of all clinics take place domestically, the mission to help those in remote areas around the world remains a core part of RAM’s mission.