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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sometimes, it's rocket science.

    by Emily Crowe | Aug 27, 2015

    Our volunteers are at the core of everything we do. Last year, 2472 volunteers donated over 80,000 hours packing and preparing medical supplies, supporting our programs and events, and serving abroad.

    Together, MTI volunteers supported 3.15 million people in 30 countries around the world in 2014. Here's just one of the many incredible people who make our work happen.

    Rocket Rod
    "Rocket" Rod: Distribution Center Volunteer

    Volunteering since: 2007

    How many people can say they volunteer with a rocket scientist?

    "Rocket" Rod is a long-time Medical Teams International volunteer whose dedication helps change millions of peoples' lives every year.

    Rod has a PhD in nuclear physics and spent years working in magnetic fusion, nuclear testing and-- of course-- building rockets.

    Now, he volunteers with Medical Teams International in our Distribution Center, sorting and shipping life-changing medical supplies for use around the world. He's a great asset to the MTI team-- we are so grateful for his unfailing support.

    Every single one of our volunteers makes a difference. To each of our volunteers: thank you for your generosity and support. 


    Do you have any favorite memories or insights about volunteering with MTI that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you! Join us on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email. Interested in joining our volunteer team? Learn more.

  • Medical Teams International earns highest rating from Charity Navigator

    by Emily Crowe | Aug 24, 2015

    We are proud and honored to receive this outstanding recognition. We are dedicated to maximizing the impact of every donation to provide life-changing relief around the world. This work would not be possible without YOU-- our incredible supporters.

    We are proud of our programs and processes, but we are most proud of your outstanding generosity-- and the love you demonstrate to the world's vulnerable. Because of you, millions of vulnerable people around the world have access to care.

    On behalf of every refugee, child, and person that we serve: thank you.


    Original Press Release:

    MEDICAL TEAMS INTERNATIONAL EARNS HIGHEST RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

    Northwest-based nonprofit receives four stars from premier charity evaluator

    PORTLAND, Ore. – (August 12, 2015) Medical Teams International (MTI) has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. MTI earned the highest possible rating from the independent charity evaluator based on its performance in two categories: financial practices and accountability and transparency. 

    MTI received a perfect score (100/100) for accountability and transparency, and 99.12/100 possible points for its fiscal responsibility. This combined average score places MTI in the highest-performing category among the thousands of charities evaluated nationwide by Charity Navigator.

    “We’re incredibly proud and honored to receive this recognition,” said Jeff Pinneo, MTI President and CEO. “It’s a reflection of our dedicated staff’s expertise and commitment to quality, efficiency and integrity.”

    According to Charity Navigator, only one in four charities evaluated earn a four star rating, which indicates an organization “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.”

    To view MTI’s Charity Navigator rating and learn additional information, visit http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4070#.VcjhSvlVhBc.

    More information about Medical Teams International can be found at www.medicalteams.org.

    About Medical Teams International:

    Medical Teams International (MTI) is a global relief and development organization serving people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world — regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. MTI mobilizes expert volunteer medical, dental and support professionals, procures and ship donated medicines and supplies worldwide and creates health programs with lasting impact. In addition to responding to urgent needs around the world, MTI uses innovative technologies and training in the communities it serves. With a variety of partners, MTI set up long-term development programs to achieve the most sustainable impact so local communities are more self-reliant and prepared for future emergencies. Founded in 1979, MTI is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that engages 2,500 volunteers globally and served more than 3 million people in 2014.

  • World Humanitarian Day: Called to Serve

    by Tyler Graf | Aug 19, 2015

    hu·man·i·tar·i·an
    noun

    a person who seeks to promote human welfare or relieve suffering

    synonyms: social reformer, good Samaritan, philanthropist

    August 19, 2015 is World Humanitarian Day-- a day to remember and celebrate "humanitarian heroes." Meet some of the incredible people at Medical Teams International who work hard to bring much-needed relief around the world.

    Humanitarian Spotlight: Paul

    Doctor & long-time volunteer with Medical Teams International

    Paul Neumann in Somalia

    When he was 5 years old, Salem, Ore.-based physician Paul Neumann decided he wanted to serve the world.

    People have a lot of dreams when they’re 5. In Dr. Neumann’s case, the dream turned out to be his calling. 

    He began his international volunteerism while still in medical school, when he spent time in Latin America. Since coming alongside Medical Teams International in 2012, he’s been deployed internationally five times. With MTI, he’s been everywhere from Somalia to Lebanon to Uganda. And those aren’t the only places. The stamps of countless other countries speckle his bloated passport.

    His recommendation to potential volunteers is “just do it” and work through the ranks. It takes time to be tapped for an emergency deployment, he said, but it’s worth it.

    Every deployment has its special moments. The most memorable for Dr. Neumann happened in war-torn Somalia, where he and a team helped a woman’s sick child.

    Neuman recalled that when doctors were done with the child, his mother said through a translator: “Thank you! This is the first time anyone has done anything for me.”

    The first time anyone had done … anything. 

    Those words stuck with Dr. Neumann, and he remembers them when he’s deployed on assignments, either routine or uniquely challenging.

    They remind him of what he already knows but can sometimes be forgotten – that he’s part of a volunteer team dedicated to serving vulnerable people, and, as such, is an ambassador of compassion.

    Want to take part in World Humanitarian Day? "Donate your social media feed" for a day to honor an inspiring aid worker. Volunteer or donate with Medical Teams International to help bring life-saving help to those who need it most. Spread the word & show your support on Facebook & Twitter.

  • World Humanitarian Day: Not easy, but worth it

    by Emily Crowe | Aug 17, 2015

    hu·man·i·tar·i·an
    noun

    a person who seeks to promote human welfare or relieve suffering

    synonyms: social reformer, good Samaritan, philanthropist

    August 19, 2015 is World Humanitarian Day-- a day to remember and celebrate "humanitarian heroes." Meet some of the incredible people at Medical Teams International who work hard to bring much-needed relief around the world.

    Humanitarian Spotlight: Sharon

    Nurse & long-time volunteer with Medical Teams International

    Andrew in his office

    When Nurse Sharon heard about the devastating 7.8-magnitude Nepal earthquake, she began gathering as much information as she could about the disaster.

    A 16-year volunteer with Medical Teams International, Tissell has a heart for humanitarian work and the desire to drop everything to help those in need. She loves it. Humanitarian work is fulfilling, she said. And that’s why when she hears about a disaster, she all but has her bags packed.t

    “For anyone who has a heart for humanitarian work, once a disaster is on the news, it’s on your radar screen,” she said.

    For Tissell it’s simple: People with a passion for humanitarian aid want to serve. “You can imagine the shock people are going through,” she added. “To me, it’s very logical.”

    In Nepal, Tissell hiked through the mountains in search of people with medical needs, conducted health assessments and treated a few patients. While this is all commonplace in disaster response scenarios, Tissell called the Nepal mission atypical – different from the others she’s been on. While she hasn’t seen as many patients as in past missions, she has been very active conducting health needs assessments throughout villages that dot Nepal’s hilly landscape.

    As she crisscrosses the country, the most striking thing for her is the level of destruction. Some villages have been completely obliterated. In the rural village of Choku, near the Chinese border, only one of the several hundred structures there is inhabitable. There’s been untold disruption to electricity, water and food.

    “It’s devastating that for many, they have to rebuild more than what they can actually do,” Tissell said.

    She heard anecdotally that 32 people died in the village. Everybody there seemed to have a story, she said.

    “In every community, people are touched by the deaths,” she said.

    Disaster response volunteers like Tissell hope to help those with the most serious medical needs. But it’s rarely as simple as getting off the plane and treating patients. Particularly in Nepal, the rugged terrain poses challenges. High in the mountains, there are questions awaiting answers.

    It’s not easy, but Tissell said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Relief efforts in Nepal highlight how volunteers have to search high and low for people with the most need. That search is fulfilling, Tissell said, especially when that moment comes when volunteers know they’ve made a difference in somebody’s life.

    “We want to help anyway we can,” she said. “Sometimes, if we can’t do the most critical needs, we fill in wherever we can. It’s about coming alongside.”

    Want to take part in World Humanitarian Day? "Donate your social media feed" for a day to honor an inspiring aid worker. Volunteer or donate with Medical Teams International to help bring life-saving help to those who need it most. Spread the word & show your support on Facebook & Twitter.

  • Disaster Update: Providing relief for Myanmar

    by Emily Crowe | Aug 17, 2015

    Myanmar is still recovering from flooding that submerged entire regions as dams collapse from dangerously heavy rainfall. With no personal belongings, no food, and destroyed farmlands, relief for flood victims in this vulnerable country is critical. Your support is making a difference.

    Our local partner is providing emergency and long-term relief for those affected by flooding. Want to help bring relief to flood victims? Donate here to provide emergency care and long-term support for flood victims in Myanmar.

    Here are some of the most recent photo updates from the field:

    Come across flooded water for his child treatment
    A father carries his son through deep floodwater to seek out medical care for his son.

    Myanmar Care and Counseling Department team providing medical mobile care
    Our partner's Care & Counseling Department team wades through flood water to provide mobile medical care to flood victims.

    Distributing clean water for flood victims
    Distributing clean drinking water for flood victims who have been left with water sources contaminated by flooding.


    Want to do more? Learn more about our work in Myanmar. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter. Make a donation to support vulnerable communities in desperate need of emergency relief. Pray that those affected will be protected from disaster and the long-term impacts of the flood.


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