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Your gift will be doubled to reach communities who have no program to vaccinate children against the life-threatening childhood diseases. You’ll teach mothers how to provide adequate nutrition.


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Fleeing bombs, a mother arrives in a camp with next to nothing and no way to care for her sick children. Your gift can help a refugee child in chronic pain receive desperately-needed relief.

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Myanmar Flooding: Thank you for your support!

Villages were forced to flee as flood waters destroyed dams and submerged entire homes. But-- thanks to you-- families are receiving the care they need to survive.

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Diabetic- with no insulin- in a refugee camp

Now, there were no more bombs. Finally, Amal thought she and her daughter were safe. But, just weeks after arriving at the settlement, her daughter became very sick.

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Syrian Spotlight: Fighting to stay together

Crossing oceans, walking miles by foot and surviving without basic sanitation & healthcare is a dangerous proposition for anyone, especially a pregnant woman.

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From the field: Need in rural Cambodia

There was a strange and sad symmetry to this happening on our route. The country has many traffic accidents. The scene before us drew that fact sharply into focus.

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  • Delivering a safe bed for Hawa's babies

    by Emily Crowe | Oct 12, 2015

    Hawa is no stranger to giving birth on hard, dirty floors in her village in Liberia.

    When the contractions began with her last child, Hawa had been afraid. Giving birth was hard… But, giving birth without a clean, safe bed was even harder.

    Four times, Hawa has suffered through the contractions, pain and fear of giving birth on nothing but hard ground. Not only was each birth excruciating, but the hard ground hurt her joints. Sometimes, the pain lasted for weeks afterwards and was so intense that she was couldn’t move—a devastating situation for a mother with a newborn.

    Hawa and twins, birthing bed
    Hawa with her newborn twins-- safe and sound, thanks to the birthing bed delivered to her clinic.

    Without a clean environment, her newborn child was at great risk for infection-- as was she. In addition to the crippling pain and danger, it was just humiliating.

    She hated that her baby’s first breath of air was taken from a cold, dirty spot on the floor. “It is shameful and disgraceful to tell your friends that you gave birth on a dirty floor as a woman,” Hawa said. “And there’s too much suffering; because your foot can become tired quickly, and it can even cause the baby to die if you are not strong.”

    "Who knows, maybe I would have died in childbirth this time if the bed was not here by God’s grace..."

    Hawa desperately wished for something better. But, every pregnancy she received the same response: this resource was simply not available. 

    Then, something incredible happened.

    This time, when her contractions began, Hawa was anxious—but not afraid.

    This time, when the contractions began, she rushed to the clinic—and was immediately taken to the birthing bed your donations had just delivered.

    Not only did Hawa use the bed to give birth to one child… but two. She had twins! Without a clean, safe place to give birth, this time would have been even more dangerous.

    Hawa is so grateful for your support.

    “This time I can share the proud story of my childbearing experience, especially with this great blessing of giving birth to twins at the clinic,” she said. “Who knows, maybe I would have died in childbirth this time if the bed was not here by God’s grace, because two children at the same time is not easy.”

    Help more women like Hawa receive the care they need: Share her story on Facebook or Twitter & sign up to receive email updates from MTI. Pray that more women will have access to the care they need, especially when they need it most. Donate now and provide life-changing care and services to vulnerable mothers & children around the world.

  • One Filling at a Time

    by Emily Crowe | Oct 09, 2015

    This article, featuring MTI's Mobile Dental program, was originally written by Meghan Taylor and appeared in the September 2015 issue of the Willamette Dental Group's Tooth Talk. Republished with permission.

    by Meghan Taylor

    A hospital emergency room is an all too familiar sight for the Americans who don’t have dental insurance, or have dental care readily available. Even though the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reduced the number of people without medical insurance, the ACA does not require people to have dental coverage which still leaves millions without the means to take care of their oral health. For those with Medicare, dental services are not covered, making it difficult for the elderly to take care of their mouths. According to the American Dental Association, this gap in coverage costs the United States health system two billion dollars a year in preventable dental care. This makes organizations like Medical Teams International (MTI) and their many volunteers vital in providing free or inexpensive treatment to those otherwise unable to receive dental care.


    With so many desperate for treatment, the need for qualified clinicians willing to volunteer their time is even greater. MTI has eleven mobile dental clinics that travel throughout Oregon and Washington caring for patients. The clinics are in such high demand that they are regularly booked out several months. In order to care for these patients, they rely on dentists, hygienists and assistants with hearts for those in need. One such person is Dr. Charles Wagner.

    Two years ago while taking some continuing education at a dental conference in Portland, Wagner saw the MTI van. “I was curious and took the tour of the dental van. After the tour they gave me one of their hats. I kind of want- ed to get involved and the hat sealed the deal.” After signing on to help, he then asked his hygienist Theresa Young and assistant Lisa Gonser to join him on the days he volunteers. “I like doing it with one of our own dental hygienists and assistants as we work well together as a team.”

    For the trio, the day is shorter than a typical work day with Willamette Dental Group (WDG), and is filled entirely with fillings and extractions but Wagner has noticed one difference between his patients at WDG and MTI. “The patients are mostly elderly who do not have dental insurance and do not qualify for OHP. They are the working poor.” MTI-dental-van

    As a hygienist, the day is a bit different for Young. “He does emergency treatment only. I help by taking radiographs and situating patients; sometimes by giving anes- thetic for the doctor.” Gonser’s outlook on the day is different from her colleague’s. “It is just like any day at WDG. The people that you are helping don’t look any different than our patients. [We] are providing the same dental care but only in a small space.” The MTI dental van has two operatories in it with all the supplies necessary for treatment, creating tight spaces for the team to work, but the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.

    “The most rewarding aspect is that all of the patients are very grateful and don’t hesitate to express that gratitude for the service that you provide for them. When it is all done I feel good knowing I and my team have provided at least one small measure of service for our seniors that sometimes fall between the cracks when it comes to dental care.” Wagner also shows his appreciation for his team by taking them out to lunch afterwards, usually at Red Lobster, as a small token of the gratitude he has for them.

    The gratitude their patients express for seemingly normal procedures has proven to be a challenge for Young in an unusual way. “I see the people in need and wish I could do more for them.”

    For Gonser, the difference between a day at WDG and working on the MTI dental van is in the details. “I really think the difference is how grateful the people are that don’t have the means to get dental or even medical attention. These are people that don’t have anything let alone insurance money or even a warm place to live. These people are grateful for the help.”

    In the end, the team helps people who would have had no other way to be cared for. MTI has facilitated their giving hearts, and something as simple as a single hat started a snow ball effect that has changed the lives of many.

    Do you work in the dental field? Want to volunteer with our Mobile Dental program? Learn more about how you can make an impact!

  • From the field: Need, change in rural Cambodia

    by Tyler Graf | Oct 06, 2015

    Tyler Graf coordinates stories, photos and information about Medical Teams International's development work. In July, he traveled to Cambodia to document the ongoing work there. The following is a first-hand account.

    At a little past noon on a hot and muggy July day, our SUV slowed as a small crowd crossed the road we were traveling down and gathered near a slim concrete sidewalk on the left-hand side.

    It was hard to tell what exactly was going on, as our line of sight was obscured by the growing congregation of spectators. Clearly, something had drawn their collective attention. In a slow procession, they convened on the scene.

    As we neared, at the slow roll of the typical rubbernecker, the gruesome sight came into focus. Two bodies – one slumped, the other sprawled – lay on the side of the two-lane road. A crumpled motorbike rested beside them.

    Cambodia crash victim
    (Photo by Sean Sheridan)
    In Cambodia, the high number of traffic accidents coupled with inadequate ambulance service yield deadly results. Sothay, above, was in a motorbike accident but had the good fortune of being picked up by an MTI-trained EMT. 

    With nothing more to go on, it was immediately evident what had happened – more or less: The two men were riding a motorcycle when it slammed into a truck. On impact, they flew off onto the side of the road, where they now lay. They were motionless.

    There was a strange and sad symmetry to this happening on our route, at a time when we were driving by. We were returning from a morning training session of Cambodian medical professionals. The topic was emergency medical services, commonly referred to as EMS.

    While we tend to take for granted that we, as Americans, can dial 911 when an accident occurs and that an ambulance of trained paramedics will arrive, that’s simply not the case in Cambodia. The country has a very high incidence of traffic accidents, and deaths.

    The scene before us drew that fact sharply into focus. The two men lay there as the crowd looked on. There was no ambulance in sight, not that one would have helped much. In Cambodia, ambulances typically act as little more than taxi services for the critically injured. They can transport someone from point A to point B. What they don’t do is provide much in the way of medical care between the two points.

    Our SUV contained one American EMT along with two medically trained Cambodians, so we stopped the vehicle to assess the scene. It was evident from the outset: there was nothing we could do.

    The men were dead.

    One likely bled out from his injuries. If medical professionals had arrived earlier, they might have been able to stanch the bleeding. The other man looked like he’d died on impact.

    The stark scenario is illustrative of Cambodia’s need for better-trained emergency medical professionals capable of responding to emergencies when they happen. According to a 2013 World Health Organization estimate, more than 2,400 people a year die in traffic accidents on Cambodian roads. The numbers will only increase as Cambodia develops better roads that can transport more people.

    That needs to change. And it will, because of your donations, support and prayers.

    That support provides training for first responders on how to assess victims of traffic accidents and then quickly transport them to medical facilities. Many treatable emergency conditions are neither recognized nor addressed at Cambodian hospitals as a result of the current lack of training.

    The doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers who are trained take to the new knowledge like fish to water. For them, it’s a revelation. They learn how to assess a patient’s condition, conduct triage, and open blocked airways, along with other essential medical techniques. Once they’ve mastered the techniques, they train others. It's working.

    That was evident one night near the Thai border, when a young man named Sothay slammed into the side of a car while riding his motorbike to a friend's house. As he lay bleeding on the ground, unconscious to the world, someone called the local ambulance. As it turned out, the ambulance driver had undergone training and knew how to properly respond.

    The ambulance driver found Sothay, assessed his injuries, dressed them as best he could, and then transported him to the local hospital, where he stayed with the young man. With few health workers left at the hospital at night, the ambulance driver tended to Sothay himself.

    Another doctor I talked to raved about what he’d learned, saying it transformed how he treated emergency patients, and not just accident victims. His name is Dr. Chea, and he practices medicine in rural Cambodia, near the Thai border. 

    He recalled when a mother brought him a 25-day-old baby boy suffering from bronchitis.

    By the time the baby had reached him, the baby’s body was blue and he was having trouble breathing. The baby’s mother was completely beside herself, convinced that her baby was dying. She was distraught and crying, Dr. Chea said.

    He assessed the baby’s condition and then delicately opened the airway to directly supply oxygen through gentle CPR. Soon, the baby started breathing on his own. Dr. Chea attributed his ability to bring the baby back from the brink to the training he received.

    “It is very important to know this topic – how to open an airway,” Dr. Chea said. “I’m very excited that MTI is providing this training.”

    Still, there’s more work to be done, as evidenced by the two men left dying by the side of the road. That’s not to discount the amazing work that has taken place, and the amazing work that’s still to come. It’s just to say that progress takes time.

    After all, Cambodia is a country in the midst of growing pains. How easy it is to forget that only 35 years ago the Khmer Rouge was in power. The despotic regime led by Pol Pot murdered the country’s intellectuals and forced others to the countryside to live a purely agrarian existence, resulting in millions of deaths. It wasn’t until 1998 that the last remnants of the Khmer Rouge were defeated entirely.

    Your support ensures that rebuilding efforts continue. Cambodia has taken huge strides to develop into a modern country despite horrific setbacks. The country deserves to be a place where medical professionals save sick babies, and where emergency care is an expectation. 

  • Syrian Spotlight: Fighting to stay together

    by Emily Crowe | Oct 01, 2015

    As more and more Syrian refugees are making the treacherous trek to Europe, Medical Teams International has begun sending supplies to Greece to help families survive. Amidst grueling journeys, refugees are finding themselves trapped in dangerous conditions with no way to meet basic needs. Meet one vulnerable family searching for a safe place to call home:

    Pregnant, Ahmad's wife must risk her and her unborn child's life to seek safety. After falling down the mountain, their youngest son (right, wearing his arm sling) needs surgery to fix his broken arm but there is no medication in the camp to lessen his pain.

    Six months pregnant, the treacherous journey is frighteningly dangerous for Ahmad and his wife- crossing oceans in small boats, walking miles by foot and surviving without access to basic sanitation and healthcare is a dangerous proposition for anyone, especially a pregnant woman.

    Only two days before we met them, their two-year old son fell on the mountain and broke his arm. He received medical treatment but needs an operation- and has no medication for the pain. 

    Camp conditions will only worsen as winter (and rains) begin- filling streets with dirty, stagnant water- and camp capacities are increasingly strained.

    Worst of all, after surviving the deadly sea journey together, his family now risks being torn apart: Ahmad's entire family is from Syria, but the officials processing his papers claim he is from Iraq.

    While his wife and children have been fast-tracked (Syrian papers receive priority), he is unable to leave the camp without registration. As long as they are trapped in the camp, his young son with the broken arm has no access to treatment or pain medication.


    As winter approaches, Ahmad's family will face freezing temperatures and with only the clothes on their back to protect them. This, combined with poor sanitation and overfilled camps, is a recipe for pneumonia, hypothermia and diarrhea.

    We are praying that his papers will soon be processed and that this family will be able to soon find safety. We also pray that our supplies will be able to impact as many lives as possible- maintaining refugees' dignity and protecting precious lives during this difficult journey.

    Your support provides relief for Ahmad's family and thousands just like them. Please help: pray with us that families will be able to survive grueling journeys, and that fighting in Syria will finally find an end. Advocate and share their story on FacebookInstagram or Twitter- together, WE can make a difference. Consider donating or holding a fundraiser for Syrian refugees with your church or school. 

  • "Without the medicine, we would not be talking as we are now. And I think about this: that the medicine is coming from people I did not know. This is a miracle that comes from God. And it shows that God is real, and that He is here to help me. And so now, I no longer feel that I am alone."

    - Rebecca, South Sudanese Refugee
  • "MTI has developed the expertise to assess the greatest needs. It takes manpower, and it certainly takes dollars …. As I came to understand that my community wasn’t just where I lived and worked, but that it was the world, I believe I am fulfilling why I’m here.”

    - Pat, Donor
  • "As a values-driven company focused on continuous innovation, Cambia is proud to partner with Medical Teams International. The organization has a profound impact on improving the health of our communities – both locally and globally – and the impact they’re making is both tangible and far-reaching."

    - Mark Ganz, President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions
  • "I’m grateful for the help because before I could not smile or talk well because of the pain of my teeth and now, thanks to your help, I feel much better. I feel more sure of myself because a smile is the most beautiful (part) of a person. Many, many thanks for the help."

    - Erik, Dental Clinic Patient
  • "Volunteering allowed me to develop relationships with community members who are the most closely impacted by MTI’s work. I got to be on the end where I saw the funding move into change.”

    - Brittn, International Volunteer

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There are many ways you can support those suffering around the world in their time of need. Consider donating money, medical supplies or even airline miles. Apply to volunteer, both in the U.S. and around the world. Or join with us in praying for our volunteer teams, our partners in the field, and those in need around the world.