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.