GlobalMedic sends Canadian volunteers around the world to aid in the aftermath of disaster and crises. Our roots, and most of our volunteers, are firmly planted in the world of professional first-response. We do abroad what we do at home: when an emergency strikes we respond with critical interventions to save lives, and reduce suffering.

GlobalMedic has a long history and has done many different types of work over the years. As the primary operational arm of The David McAntony Gibson Foundation we began by responding to disasters with emergency medical care, but have since expanded our programming to include a range of emergency and capacity building functions.

We get the RIGHT AID to the RIGHT PEOPLE at the RIGHT TIME

clean water


Clean drinking water is the most important element of our responses. It is far more effective to prevent illness than it is to treat it, which is why we provide a clean drinking water solution in our Family Emergency Kits, and deploy large scale water purification units to clinics and communities as needed.



Our medical program provides training for medics to be on landmine clearance teams and emergency response teams, deploys field hospitals, deploys mobile medical teams to provide primary healthcare to affected populations and provides equipment to hospitals in need.



We provide critical infrastructure tenting that are used for hospitals, clinics, feeding centres, temporary family housing, schools, and Child Friendly Spaces. One of our more innovative projects has been the Compressed Earth Block Project. The block machine allowed us to build permanent homes for a number of families in Leyte, Philippines.



We train responders globally on SAR techniques and deploy specialty response teams. This program encompasses our RescUAV program that deploys Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into disaster situations. UAVs are used to provide situational awareness, gather the images to produce comprehensive damage assessments and support SAR teams.


GlobalMedic is the operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF). We operate as a registered Canadian charity, and our mandate is to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crisis, both at home and abroad.
They key word is rapid, as you might expect from an agency that was founded by paramedics. GlobalMedic is often the first team, and many times the only one, to get critical interventions to people in life-threatening situations following a disaster. This is what we are known for in the world of humanitarian disaster response.
GlobalMedic achieves this through our well-developed Emergency Programs and our internationally deployable Rapid Response Team (RRT).


A Response is the term we use for when GlobalMedic mobilizes in the aftermath of a disaster or a crisis. A Response will involve the activation of 1 or more of our 4 core Programs, and will usually mean the deployment of the Rapid Response Team.

GlobalMedic is also well-known for creating new Programs and Projects that explore any and all opportunities that we find in order to help save lives and reduce suffering – wherever that happens to be. Our Responses are not cookie-cutter, each one is different. However, they all share the same focus on rapid, efficient, and effective interventions to save lives.


View the latest updates on our active Responses.

Bahamas: Hurricane Dorian Response 2019

The Category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall over the northwest Bahamas on September 1st. The hurricane is the strongest in the history of the Bahamas….

Canada: Flood Response 2019

Severe flooding from the spring thaw and heavy rains affected over 17,500 homes in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick causing more than 12,196 residents to evacuate….

Cyclone Idai Response 2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of March 14 near Beira City, Sofala Province, in Central Mozambique. The cyclone brought torrential rains and winds to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica, and Inhambane provinces, resulting in 477 deaths…

Indonesia: Sunda Strait Tsunami Response 2018

On December 22, 2018, a tsunami caused by an underwater landslide on the Anak Krakatau volcano hit the coast of the Sunda Strait, affecting 5 districts in Banten and Lampung provinces of Indonesia…

See our Responses page for more information.



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