In 2003, Release International was supporting Vom Christian Hospital in treating victims of the ethno-religious violence in Plateau State, Nigeria. However, the constitution of the mission only enabled them to treat wounded Christians, even though people of other faiths, or no faith, needed access to treatment.

A subsequent meeting in Edinburgh between Release International and other interested parties led to the formation of MAI later in 2003.


Projects funded

We have enabled our partners to provide mobile clinics in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, permanent clinics in South Sudan and KwaZulu Natal, end of life care in Uganda and KwaZulu Natal, hospital services in Nigeria and South Sudan and health need assessments in Iraq.


People benefitted

Our partners have provided access to healthcare – in most cases – where none was previously available; people benefitting includes treatment numbers and communities served by mid 2015.


Volunteers who’ve visited

MAI Volunteers have supported our partners through medical training and treatments, building, painting and childcare; all visits have been at the request of the partner and geared to meeting the needs of their project.

Our Vision

Medic Assist International enables local partners to develop sustainable healthcare in vulnerable and marginalised communities. We do this by funding projects that we have good reason to believe can be self-sustaining in the long run and by sending short term volunteers at our partners request.


Steve Travis – Executive Director

Steve Travis

Steve recently succeeded as Executive Director, following John Earwicker’s retirement from that role.  Steve joined MAI in January 2016,  bringing 20 years of experience in international community development to the work.

He has served overseas on a number of occasions and worked with a variety of organisations such as CORD, World Vision and VIVA.  In many situations, Steve has been responsible for enabling change to create strength and sustainability.  Most recently, he was based in Asia, overseeing work in India, Nepal and Myanmar.

Steve and his wife live in Banbury, Oxfordshire. He enjoys travel (just like John!), socialising and hill walking.

Steve says: “What attracted me to MAI was the values that they stand for. In my work, I want to be associated with their ideals of partnership, mutual learning and transparency.”
John Earwicker – Finance Executive

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Since acting as Executive Director for the past 14 years, John now fulfills a back office role before retiring at the end of June 2018.

Soon after MAI was founded by Eddie Lyle and a group of medics in 2003, John was approached to help establish the necessary support structures for the organisation. After several years as a consultant to MAI, John joined full time in 2008.

Following a background working in the Greater London Council and the Institute of Local Government, John entered the world of NGOs with Youth for Christ and the Evangelical Alliance. He has wide experience as a speaker and teacher, and working cross-culturally. His diverse skillset is well suited to the varied tasks of planning, policy-making, fundraising and administration that MAI requires.

John is married with two children and four grandchildren, and lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He enjoys travel (just as well!), art, and has a catholic taste in music – favourites including Mahler, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

John says: “I’m privileged to work with some phenomenal international partners who have become friends. I learn so much from each of them and my life has been enriched through serving them.”

Volunteer roles

Nurses and Doctors in South Africa, 2019

Our project in South Africa ineeds volunteer Nurses and Doctors from a variety of disciplines and with a range of experience. If you’re qualified and available to volunteer for between two weeks and twelvemonths at any point in 2019 then we’d be very keen to talk to you.

Contact us about this role