EMAS’ work in China includes China West (two teams), China South (three teams), China East (two teams), and Guangdong (one team). Together, several hundred EMAS volunteers serve on short-term medical missions trips in the country every year.
Walter Woo, an experienced dentist in Vancouver, has joined EMAS Canada staff in a part-time capacity to help facilitate EMAS China activities. Our sister organization, EMAS Hong Kong, is also actively involved with coordinating EMAS China trips from within the country and has begun to launch their own trips to Myanmar and Thailand.
CHINA EAST In 1986, the Friends of China invited an EMAS team of three participants to visit. A team of 15 returned again in 1987. Since then, at least one team has visited hospitals in eastern China every year.
CHINA WEST In 1991, at the request of World Vision, an exploratory team visited the region of Ningxia in Northwest China. This was the beginning of an ever-enlarging outreach in this area, which now includes a second team which visits the nearby province of Qinghai.
CHINA SOUTH Work in southern China began in 1994 in the province of Yunnan. Three teams in China South now provide medical training, medical and dental care, surgery, post-operative rehabilitation, audiology and psychiatric care within the region.
GUANGDONG Eventually our outreach was expanded to include the Guangdong Province. As China’s urban health care standards have improved, many of our teams have focused on underserved areas beyond city centres. Accordingly, the EMAS team in Guangdong has ventured inland, further from the Hong Kong metropolis.