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  • Typhoon Hagupit Update: MTI on the ground in the Philippines

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 12, 2014

    Typhoon Hagupit (Typhoon Ruby) hit land in the Philippines on Saturday, December 6th. The typhoon weakened to a category 3 storm, two notches below a "super typhoon", and only minimal destruction has been reported in Tacloban and other areas recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan (Yolonda).

    On Tuesday, December 9th, MTI sent a team to assess the damage of the storm. This team will assess health needs in the hardest hit area and first responder training for disaster preparation. They will also determine any further training needs.

    Check out these photos we just received from our team in the Philippines!


    MTI Team Coordinator, Debbie Bailey, surveys the ruins of a ship left from Typhoon Haiyan's destruction.



    Jerome Eguillos, a firefighter with the Filipino Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade, points to the rooftop where he and his volunteers rescued stranded families during Typhoon Haiyan. He says the training he received from MTI after the disaster better prepared him and his team for future emergencies.



    Renovations continue at MTI's Tacloban-based partner hospital, RTR Hospital. New dormitories are being built for nursing students displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.



    Wreckage from Typhoon Haiyan is still evident in some parts of Tacloban.



    MTI Volunteer, Dan Livengood, left, and Team Coordinator, Debbie Bailey, right, talk with Linet Ryzel Jo of the Tacloban Filipino Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade about improvements made to emergency coordination in the lead-up to Typhoon Hagupit.

    Thank you for donating to our Disaster Response program and helping provide urgent relief to people in the Philippines and other countries we serve.

    Please continue praying for the Philippines and for our efforts to serve the neediest and most vulnerable.
  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Maria

    by Katie Carroll | Dec 12, 2014

    Sixty-year-old Maria had been in pain for over three months when she finally heard of MTI's mobile dental program. With no insurance, she had been desperately searching for help with tooth extractions.  The pain was excruciating, and it was taking a toll on Maria emotionally and physically.  Her family was very stressed and much of the time spent at home was in tears as a result.

    Maria's daughter initially took her to a different clinic for the extractions she so critically needed, but the clinic charged $50. Maria's daughter could not even afford that.

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    Maria and her daughter after successful treatment at MTI's clinic

     

    Your gifts are truly a blessing for local adults and children in need. Thanks to you, Maria is now pain-free. She is so grateful for your generosity. She says, "thank you for your kindness, and for understanding people in this area who need this help and assistance."

    Thank you!

  • Field Photos: Medical Care in Guatemala

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 11, 2014

    Check out these photos we just received from our field staff in Guatemala. Because of your generous gifts, mothers and children are receiving the proper medical care and nutrients they need to live strong and healthy lives! Thank you!

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    Mothers and children receiving medical care in Guatemala.


    A mother counselor explaining the importance of taking vitamins.

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    A health worker educating children.

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    A health worker teaching children about vitamins.

  • Guatemala Success Story: Doña Rosa

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 11, 2014

    Today we share with you a story of how you helped provide a mother in Guatemala with lifesaving prenatal care and support.

    28 year old Doña Rosa suffered from four miscarriages. Prior to seeking help from MTI staff in Guatemala, Doña Rosa did not receive the prenatal care and vitamins she needed to carry out a healthy pregnancy.

    Thanks to your generous donations, Doña Rosa received prenatal vitamins and prenatal care support from a skilled provider. Because of the vitamins she was given and the care she received, she was able to have a baby for the first time!



    Doña Rosa now sees the importance of prenatal care, and is so happy and thankful for her healthy baby! Your gifts are transforming lives — thank you!


  • TIME Magazine Honors Ebola Fighters as 2014 Person Of The Year

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 10, 2014

    We're excited to share this news we just received -- TIME magazine unveiled that Ebola Fighters are being honored as their 2014 Person of the Year. At MTI, we want to recognize our generous donors and our courageous staff in Liberia for helping in the fight against Ebola. We cannot do our work without you, and we are so thankful for your support.

    According to TIME, “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.”

    Thanks to your generous donations to our Ebola response in Liberia, MTI is taking a leadership role among NGOs in Liberia in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola. We are currently on the ground in Liberia, educating communities and health care workers on safe practices and procedures, training families on infection prevention and control in the home, and delivering care and humanitarian aid to those in need. Your support is making a difference in the world -- thank you!

    Please learn more about our response in Liberia and donate to stop the spread of Ebola.


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