While working at the French Embassy in Jakarta in the early 1980s, Pascal Rey-Herme, a French doctor, became aware of the need to deliver international standards of healthcare to the wider expatriate community and to international organisations in the region.
Together with his childhood friend Arnaud Vaissié, who had been in the United States managing a subsidiary of a large German financial group, they set up a business to provide international standards of medical care and emergency medical assistance in Southeast Asia.
This company, AEA International, was founded in 1985. Starting with just 15 staff, AEA International grew rapidly from its base in Singapore and Indonesia into a pan-Asian corporation, creating operating companies in Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and mainland China. In the early nineties, AEA International opened a series of new assistance centres and began to provide medical and security information online and manage travel data.
In 1998, AEA International acquired International SOS Assistance, and the business was renamed International SOS.
In the beginning, International SOS met an urgent need for emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest.
Whilst our ability to respond remains unparalleled today, our primary focus for clients is to do everything in our power to ensure an emergency is prevented.
With us, our clients have pioneered a vast range of preventative programmes, designed to put their Duty of Care into practice.