Already as a student back in 1968 I admired the work of MCNV. After working in Kenya and later as a family doctor I focussed more on the general medicine orientation of health care in Africa. Following trips to Vietnam, China and Burma it became clear to me that MCNV was going through an interesting development. Principles like equity, empowerment and inclusion appeal to general practitioners. For such an ngo I’ll do it.” – Pieter van den Hombergh, consultant general medicine, retired general practitioner and tropical doctor.