MAP International

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MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs International) works to better the health of those living in the world's poorest communities through the provision of essential medicines, the prevention and eradication of neglected tropical diseases, and a focus on community health development.

More concretely, this consists in the distribution of medical supplies to Christian medical installations and missionaries around the world, disaster relief work, and the provision of mission and program design (and implementation assistance) to missions and indigenous Christian organizations in the developing world.

In all of its work MAP is guided by the ideal of "Total Health," a concept which it defines as "the capacity of individuals, families, and communities to work together to transform the conditions that promote, in a sustainable way, their physical, emotional, social, economical, environmental, and spiritual well-being."

MAP is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 215000
4700 Glynco Parkway 31525
Brunswick, GA 31521-5000


Phone: 800-225-8550


Organization details

EIN: 362586390

CEO/President: Mr. Steve Stirling

Chairman: Jim Barfoot

Board size: 20

Founder: Dr. Ray Knighton

Year founded: 1954

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


Founded in 1954 by Dr. Ray Knighton, MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs International), ("MAP") nurtures the total health of people living in the world's poorest communities by participating in the provision of essential medicines, prevention and eradication of disease, and promotion of community health development.

MAP distributes medicines, equipment, and supplies to Christian medical installations outside the United States of America. It provides emergency relief, domestically and internationally. MAP provides mission and program design and implementation assistance to missions and indigenous Christian organizations in the developing world. It also provides trained health personnel with short-term overseas service opportunities.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Mission statement

MAP International promotes the total health of people living in the world's poorest communities by partnering in the:

  • Provision of Essential Medicines
  • Promotion of Community Health Development and
  • Prevention and mitigation of disease, disaster and other health threats
Our Vision

We envision a world in which individuals, families and communities have the hope and capacity to build conditions that promote Total Health.

What is Total Health?

Total Health is the capacity of individuals, families and communities to work together to transform the conditions that promote, in a sustainable way, their physical, emotional, economic, social, environmental and spiritual well being.

Commitment to Diversity

A Christian organization, MAP International maintains an affirmed commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in the fulfillment of its global mission. MAP offers its services to all people, regardless of their religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background.

Statement of faith

MAP International uses the following to communicate its faith:

  • We believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the salvation from our sins and the giver of eternal life.
  • We strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible, for in His life we see the example for our own.
  • We desire Christ to be the central focus of our individual and corporate lives.
  • We acknowledge and celebrate the unity of the worldwide body of Christ in all of its diverse manifestations.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating49 of 84411 of 70
Fund acquisition rating63 of 8447 of 70
Resource allocation rating40 of 8445 of 70
Asset utilization rating296 of 84428 of 70

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$217,039,257$189,363,418$178,500,963$220,590,887$133,155,669
Short-term investments$3,775,170$3,174,020$1,874,308$1,689,424$1,626,543
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$223,408,126$194,712,752$182,558,871$223,319,954$135,427,646
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,627,019$5,197,973$5,757,585$6,225,349$6,742,646
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$4,627,019$5,197,973$5,757,585$6,225,349$6,742,646
Total assets$228,035,145$199,910,725$188,316,456$229,545,303$142,170,292
Payables and accrued expenses$550,232$767,302$1,016,335$1,139,378$1,280,046
Other current liabilities$202,065$21,886$387,518$904,062$806,067
Total current liabilities$752,297$789,188$1,403,853$2,043,440$2,086,113
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$223,563$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$223,563$0$0$500,000
Total liabilities$752,297$1,012,751$1,403,853$2,043,440$2,586,113
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$92,210,211$105,040,680$95,231,654$98,185,404$40,236,176
Permanently restricted$0$3,775,170$3,775,170$3,775,170$3,775,170
Net assets$227,282,848$198,897,974$186,912,603$227,501,863$139,584,179
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Total contributions$588,380,085$572,931,606$595,626,534$603,728,006$544,923,910
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$197,370$95,273$32,057$135,456($22,504)
Other revenue$2,595,425$2,443,503$2,704,406$2,627,618$2,170,966
Total other revenue$2,792,795$2,538,776$2,736,463$2,763,074$2,148,462
Total revenue$591,172,880$575,470,382$598,362,997$606,491,080$547,072,372
Program services$559,982,923$560,313,032$636,725,283$516,116,423$483,557,159
Management and general$558,831$549,360$484,568$543,549$597,936
Total expenses$562,788,006$563,485,011$638,952,257$518,573,396$486,548,665
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$28,384,874$11,985,371($40,589,260)$87,917,684$60,523,707
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$28,384,874$11,985,371($40,589,260)$87,917,684$60,523,707


Steven G StirlingPresident & CEO$247,771
Jodi A RyanVP Global Giving$127,305
Jason A MerrymanAssistant Treasurer & CFO$112,600
Rebekah MobleyAsst. Secretary (ended 06/19)$48,068

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/23/2021. To update the information below, please email:


The circumstances under which Medical Assistance Programs was started were a bit unusual - in 1954, a man named J. Raymond Knighton, who worked as a liaison between Christian medical missionaries and the medical students who were interested in obtaining fellowships with them, received an unexpected phone call from one of the executives of a major American pharmaceutical company. The executive wished to make a donation of $25,000 worth (or 11 tons) of surplus medicine, an amount far greater than Knighton's tiny organization was currently able to distribute. He (and his secretary) worked at it, though, and within three months they had both managed to give away all of the medicine and to start a new ministry - Medical Assistance Programs, an organization expressly designed to facilitate the provision of medical supplies to medical missionaries and Christian clinics/hospitals.

Later, though, the focus of the ministry's work began to broaden. Today MAP works in the areas of disease prevention, disaster relief, and sustainable community health development as well as pursuing their more traditional goals. They have provided aid to the inhabitants of roughly 135 countries, have distributed over $2.4 billion in medical supplies throughout their history, and have worked to ameliorate a wide variety of humanitarian crises, ranging from post-Katrina New Orleans to former Soviet-bloc countries immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall to Darfur.

Program accomplishments

MAP International is engaged in a vast number of projects around the globe and thus the following list of accomplishments should be taken as merely a representative sample of MAP's work.

In 2008, MAP:
Provision of Essential Medicines

  • Participated in the Ministry of Health's National Week for Intensive Nutrition in Cote d'Ivoire by donating enough anti-parasite medicine to treat more than 100,000 children. MAP also donated enough tablets to treat an additional 200,000 school students as part of the government's Deworming Campaign.
  • Shipped more than $1.5 million in essential medicines and medical supplies to Sudan, much of which was used in Darfur, where fighting continued between militia groups.
  • Sent an additional $3.1 million in medicines and emergency supplies to Chad, which has been reeling from fighting and an influx of refugees who have spilled across the border with Darfur.
  • Provided more than $2.3 million in medicines and supplies for Uganda, where a decades-old civil war continues.
  • After a series of summer hurricanes thrashed Haiti in 2008, leaving thousands of people homeless and many injured, MAP responded with multiple air shipments of medicines, including one cargo plane laden with more than 700 pounds of medicines worth over $350,000. MAP provided a total of more than $5 million in medicines to Haiti that was used for hurricane relief.
  • With more than 100,000 people dead and up to 1.5 million homeless after a cyclone struck Myanmar early in the summer of 2008, MAP shipped hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of medicine to the area, including dozens of MAP Disaster Packs, each filled with antibiotics, first aid items, water purification tablets and other medicines and emergency supplies.
Prevention and Eradication of Disease
  • Treated more than 7,800 patients through MAP's Primary Health Care Clinic and Community Program in Chilimarca, Bolivia and supported training for volunteer community health promoters.
  • Immunized more than 1,600 dogs and cats against rabies in Chilimarca, Bolivia
  • Provided education, health care, and nutritional meals for 184 elementary school children through MAP's Community School for Life in Chilimarca, Bolivia.
  • Improved affordability and availability of quality health services to prevent and treat common diseases in seven target communities within Uganda's Amuru and Gulu districts. Staff members at MAP's community clinics treated 7,492 people for malaria, 3,626 people for diarrhea, 1,966 people for eye infections, 3,485 people for intestinal worms, and 10,756 people for other diseases and infections.
  • Conducted health care groups for mothers and children in 15 villages on Tello Island, Indonesia in addition to holding health care seminars on subjects such as nutrition.
  • In order to reduce the prevalence of water borne diseases, monitored 165 water pump management committees in 151 villages and drilled two new wells in Cote d'Ivoire's Bouna City and Bouko villages.
  • Established 19 health committees to improve the health situations in three provinces in Ecuador
  • Trained 360 youth facilitators to conduct workshops on education and prevention among 6,100 youths from 25 high schools and 5 communities in Ecuador.
  • In the weeks following the eruption of violence in Kenya in early 2008, MAP established a half-dozen clinics to treat tens of thousands of people who fled the fighting.
Promotion of Community Health
  • Provided educational programs for more than 2,000 people about the prevention of child sexual abuse and the importance of advocacy programs in Bolivia
  • Provided therapy, health care and legal services for 105 children who were subjected to sexual abuse in Bolivia
  • Provided total health services designed to reduce child mortality and strengthen community organization for 200 impoverished, rural communities in Bolivia through volunteer health promoters trained by MAP
  • Supported community-based programs in Bolivia in which 455 people from various impoverished rural areas participated in activities designed raise awareness regarding people with disabilities
  • Constructed an eight-room health clinic in the Ugandan community of Wii Anaka, in the Amuru district.
  • Carried out a study of malaria in Amuru district, Uganda, and subsequently conducted educational programs about prevention and treatment of the disease within the area.
  • helped prevent new cases of tuberculosis in Indonesia by building awareness of the disease through community education classes in 20 villages, reaching nearly 10,000 people. MAP also treated nearly 100 tuberculosis patients at MAP's health clinics in south Nias and trained 24 health workers in TB-specific care and treatment techniques.
  • Helped implement 200 vegetable gardens in Nias, Indonesia, benefitting the nutritional levels of more than 300 families.
  • Transferred responsibility of the MAP hospital on Indonesia's Tello island to a local Indonesian partner, maintaining MAP's goal of establishing health care programs and facilities that may be operated by and for communities.
  • Organized training workshops for 218 health professionals, including 41 medical doctors, 126 nurses, 48 midwives and 3 laboratory technicians in three health districts in Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Promoted the improvement of quality of life and total health practices in 89 communities located in 3 districts of Ecuador through the training of 180 health promoters on total health principles and practices, reaching a total beneficiary population of more than 9,300.
  • Trained 15 health promoters who helped implement 30 domestic gardens, benefitting the nutritional levels of more than 200 families in various communities in Ecuador
  • Conducted training workshops for health promoters managing 33 community pharmacies and health clinics established by MAP in three provinces in Ecuador.
In 2007, MAP:
  • Distributed more than $304 million worth of medicines to people with limited or no other means of getting them ($248 million worth of this consisted in around 658 tons of medicine given directly to clinics and hospitals while another $50 million worth was given in the form of "MAP Travel Packs," packages of supplies given to short-term medical missionaries).
  • Provided aid to hundreds of thousands of people suffering from both natural disasters (the earthquake in Peru, Hurricane Felix on the coast of Central America, and floods in North Korea, Mexico, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic) and violent conflicts (Democractic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Chad, Uganda, and Darfur).
  • Trained 147 health promoters and ran various educational programs in Ecuador, reaching over 15,000 children and parents and covering such topics as self-protection, human rights, "community empowerment," and various health issues.
  • Offered both treatment of and education on tuberculosis to over 30,000 Indonesians affected by the disease.
  • Continued to work on an initiative designed to eliminate Guinea worms, a type of extremely harmful parasite, from Cte d'Ivoire - so far the program has been a success, with no new cases of the disease reported in over a year at the time of the release of MAP's last annual report.
  • Either worked in or provided supplies to those working in over 115 countries.
  • Had an impact on the lives of an estimated 25 million people.
  • Received, for the ninth consecutive year, a commendation from Forbes Magazine for its allocation of over ninety-nine percent of its resources directly to its work.


Along with the opportunity to make a general fund gift to MAP, the organization offers donors a number of more specialized giving options. Donors can join MAP's First Responder's monthly giving program or make direct gifts of vehicles or cell phones, . Giving programs are also available - charitable trusts, legacy gifts, planned gifts, etc. - as well as the opportunity for employers to match (or double or triple) the gifts of their employees. Donors can also give towards MAP's work in current crisis areas, such as Darfur and regions suffering from natural disasters, or towards MAP's programs targeting specific health problems (such as their work on malaria). Finally, for those wishing to help in a more hands-on fashion, MAP offers multiple volunteering opportunities at their offices and loading locations within the U.S.