20 Years of Airlifts

1992 – 2012

The Physicians With Heart (PWH) partnership began in 1993 with a medical airlift to St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, the PWH partnership has mobilized people and resources to improve health, provide medical education, and foster the development of family medicine worldwide. Click here to learn more of PWH’s history.

The hallmarks of PWH projects have grown to include humanitarian aid, education and training in Family Medicine, and charitable outreach at schools and orphanages—all from a backdrop of volunteerism. More than 350 volunteers have participated in the project and impacted countless lives in the republics of the former Soviet Union (as well as Vietnam). More than $175 million (U.S. wholesale) worth of medical aid has been delivered to recipient hospitals and clinics through the work of the partnership, which is also partly responsible for the broad primary-care movement spreading throughout the former Soviet Union.


Airlift Details

Year

Location

Delegates

Value

1993  Russia  6 $6,000,000
1994  Ukraine  12  $6,000,000
1995  Armenia  10  $5,000,000
1996  Kazakhastan  21  $6,000,000
1996  Kazakhastan  21  $5,000,000
1996  Georgia 23  $13,300,000
1998  Russia 35  $1,000,000
1998  Uzbekistan 10  $1,400,000
1999  Uzbekistan 30 $7,900,000
2000  Azerbajin 26 $1,900,000
2001  Vietnam 53 $4,300,000
2002  Moldova 14 $15,100,000
2003  Kyrgystan 34 $9,700,000
2004  Georgia 40 $5,500,000
2005  Tajikistan 46 $3,900,000
2006  Moldova 41 $1,900,000
2007  Tajikistan  35 $6,500,000
2008  Kyrgystan  22 $5,400,000
2009  Georgia 15 $7,000,000
2010  Tajikistan 30 $6,400,000
2011  Kyrgystan 23 $10,000,000
2012  Moldova 22 $5,400,000