In June of 1989 the First World Congress of Latvian Physicians was held in Latvia. This conference was attended by Latvian physicians from the United States, including members of the Latvian Medical and Dental Association, who, seeing the tragic state of health facilities in Latvia, began providing Latvia with necessary medical support. Through these efforts the Latvian Medical Foundation was established in 1990, in the state of Massachusetts. The Latvian Medical Foundation’s goals include:
- Supporting the education and professional growth of physicians, nurses, and health care workers in Latvia.
- Funding exchange programs that provide opportunities for the faculty and academic administrative staff to advance basic professional education. These programs are also available to professional practitioners in order to advance their knowledge of current healthcare information and practices.
Improvement of National Healthcare
- Supporting efforts to improve healthcare facilities and hospitals in Latvia. LMF sponsors, conducts, and assists with activities aimed at developing higher standards of care and treatment. LMF is also helping to develop updated administrative, organizational, management, operations, and economic systems within healthcare facilities.
Educating the Public
- Supporting health education programs, which educate the public in identifying environmental health hazards, current concepts of health maintenance, and activating health education programs in schools, homes, and workplaces.
Emergency Medical Supplies
- Assisting in the distribution and appropriate use of medical supplies needed by the Latvian public.