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World Concern

  • By: Marcella Bush Trevino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

World Concern is an international, nonprofit, Christian humanitarian nongovernmental organization (NGO) and is the international branch of CRISTA Ministries based in Seattle, Washington. The organization's mission centers on disaster response and long-term community development in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, targeting the most vulnerable, poverty-stricken, and inaccessible residents who are traditionally underserved by relief organizations. Services include improving education and literacy, business and agricultural opportunities, healthcare and nutrition, and living conditions. World Concern also funds partner organizations in countries where they do not have a direct presence. World Concern seeks to offer hope and stability through Christian service.

The organization began as Medicines for Missions, founded by physician Wilbert Saunders and pharmacist Jim McCoy in 1955 in order to provide overseas medical facilities with medicines. Medicines ...

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