MCNV – who we are?

In 1968, the Dutch medical doctors Professor Jaap de Haas, Dr. Nick van Rhijn and Dr. Fred Groening founded the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam. They were indignant about the Americans’ technological warfare in Vietnam and distressed by the suffering of the Vietnamese people. MCNV’s goal was to offer large-scale medical help to the worst hit areas in Vietnam.

In spite of the overall global economic growth, a large amount of people does not yet benefit from this increased wealth and prosperity. They are structurally excluded from the opportunities and benefits that increased wealth could bring, if divided differently within their societies, and are severely discriminated against. The international concern about the growing disparities within nations is expressed in the ‘Leave No One Behind’ commitment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). MCNV contribute with programs and partnerships to a more inclusive society in which all people have equal chances of maximum physical, mental and social well-being.


We envision a world in which the society supports all people in their development to the maximum well-being and full social position.


Our mission is to enhance the equitable and sustainable access of marginalised people to resources and services that improve their health and inclusion in developing countries in South East Asia.

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