Our Story

East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Dr Darryn Rennie training in Angoram, East Sepik Province, PNG - July 2019

From a tentative visit to India in 2001, to an international health care organisation providing life-changing and often life-saving health care in rural and remote regions of Africa and Papua New Guinea. Our organisation has come a very long way over the past 19 years.

Today, Cosmos HealthCare is firmly established as an international health and development organisation. We provide long-term, sustainable health solutions in developing nations, with voluntary medical teams from Australia supporting locally run overseas health projects. Our current projects are based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Mbale, Uganda and East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

We respect the rights of people to be treated with dignity and equality, regardless of their social status, race, religion or politics.

How we got here

Early in 2001, Lifestreams Christian Church sent a team to India to investigate potential ministry opportunities and discovered a dire need for health care.

In response, nurse and church member Jason James organised a medical team to visit India to provide treatment and encouragement for as many people as possible in rural areas.

Much effort was spent gathering sponsorship from the medical and pharmaceutical community across Australia. Finally, in February 2003, Jason’s 11-member team of doctors, nurses, midwives and general helpers left for a three-week trip to Southern India.

Our first success

Our inaugural mission helped over 1200 people who had little or no access to quality health care. The team overcame language, logistical and cultural barriers to conduct ten medical clinics in six rural locations, with people receiving free medical treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Later successes

We have since expanded to support projects in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Papua New Guinea.

Looking at the bigger picture

It is our belief that wherever possible, medical care should form part of a holistic community health program. To achieve this, we have developed strategic partnerships that support health programs run by local people, encompassing the physical, spiritual, education, sanitation, water supply and economic aspects of health and well being.

Find out more about our goals. Learn about our teams here in Australia, as well as the volunteers who support our projects. And read about our partners, who play an equally important role in bringing life-changing health care and education to remote communities in Zimbabwe, Uganda & Papua New Guinea.

Our volunteer team in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, May 2019

Become a Volunteer

Help save lives – we’re always looking for people who share our goals to join us, either as a team member working overseas, or here in Australia where we’re based.

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