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  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Cecilia's smile

    by Tyler Graf | Dec 29, 2014
    Medical Teams International volunteer Joy Temple brought us a success story from a recent mobile dental clinic, with photos from volunteer Doug Vorwaller.

    Fourteen-year-old Cecilia arrived to Medical Team International’s mobile dental program in anguish. 

    Cecilia bumped her teeth one day, causing her face to swell and her teeth to ache. The pain was so great that she took several days off of school to recuperate. When the pain became too extreme, Cecilia and her mom visited the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, where she was referred to MTI’s mobile dental clinic.

    It turns out Cecilia had nerve damage and an infection in one of her teeth. She would need a costly root canal in order to save the tooth. Her family did not have the money for such an operation. But a volunteer dentist was able to approve and pay for root canal surgery the following week to fix the damage and save the tooth.

    Through your generous gifts, Cecilia is no longer in pain. Her broad smile remains gap-free. Because of donations to the Mobile Dental program, MTI is able to provide free or low-cost urgent dental care services to patients who lack dental insurance or the money necessary to pay for urgent dental needs. Every dollar makes a difference.

    Cecilia is recovering and is thankful for being pain free thanks to you!

  • Field Photos: Greater Love Clinic in Liberia

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 23, 2014

    We just received these photos taken of our Liberian staff who are working to fight Ebola in West Africa. Our staff visited Greater Love Clinic to help train community health workers on infection prevention and control.

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    A community health worker spraying a mattress with chlorine. The mattress is used for cleaning shoes before entering the facility.

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    MTI staff working with community health workers to help improve infection prevention and control practices at the clinic.

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    MTI staff providing quality assurance to ensure that health workers are protecting themselves from Ebola.

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    A clinic worker explains how she measures the chlorine solution.

    Community education is seen by the Ministry of Health & the international community as the best way to attack Ebola. MTI is currently leading the NGOs in Monrovia and coordinating the Ebola response.

    Thank you for your support of our Ebola response program. The need for health education is vital. You are making a difference!

  • Field Photos: Jamaicia Road Health facility in Liberia

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 19, 2014

    Thanks to your support, health workers at Jamaicia Road Health facility in Liberia are receiving proper training on how to protect themselves from infection.

    Jamaicia Road Health facility was one of many health clinics that closed due to the spread of Ebola.

    Because of your gifts to our Ebola response efforts, Jamaicia Road Health facility is  prepared and ready to serve the community. You helped train staff on improving infection control measures at health facilities and establishing triage areas that are isolated from Outpatient Departments. You also helped send Personal Protective Equipment suits (PPEs) and gloves for health workers -- thank you!

    Check out these pictures of your gifts at work!

    MTI staff training Jamaicia Road Health facility staff on safe practices.

    Jamaicia Road Health staff learning about clinic assessments.

    A shipment of PPEs and gloves arrives at the clinic.

    Your generosity is a blessing to those in need. Thank you for making a difference in the world.

    Learn more about our work in Liberia and donate today to help stop the spread of Ebola.

  • Haiti Success Story: Twins in Crochu

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 18, 2014

    Thank you for supporting our Haiti programs. Because of your generous gifts, twin babies, John Keto and Don Peter are receiving the immunizations they need to grow strong and healthy!

    Check out these pictures we received of the twins -- and notice how healthy they look because of the immunizations you helped provide! Thank you!

    The twins after their first round of immunizations at the local clinic.

    The twins after their final round of immunizations at the local clinic.

    Thank you for making a difference! Your support makes this possible!

  • Staff Story: Reporting from Tacloban in the Philippines

    by Kristin Simpson | Dec 17, 2014

    We would like to share this story from Tyler Graf, MTI's Content Coordinator. Tyler is currently in the Philippines with MTI's assessment team.
    Read Tyler's previous story about visiting a hospital in Dolores, Philippines.

    Teachings imparted under the weight of unimaginable sadness have a way of sticking with people.

    That was evident in the Philippines this month, when Typhoon Hagupit — referred to as “Typhoon Ruby” in the Philippines — threatened to sweep through the same areas that Super Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda” in the Philippines) did just a year earlier. The coastal city of Tacloban continues to pick up the pieces of last year’s storm, which flattened much of the community. A year later, the resiliency of the people in the Philippines is evident in Tacloban. With the help of Medical Teams International, the city’s first responders learned from the lessons of Haiyan and were better prepared during the recent typhoon.

    At the Tacloban Filipino Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade, volunteer firefighters said emergency preparedness training sessions conducted by MTI volunteers from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue helped them know what to do during Typhoon Hagupit.

    Medical Teams International’s training “opened us up to ideas we didn’t know yet,” said Jerome Eguillos, a volunteer firefighter at the station. “They taught us things. We were amazed. It was like, ‘Whoa, is this even real?’”

    Through MTI’s training sessions in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban’s first responders learned how to make 72-hour emergency preparedness kits, perform medical assessments on patients and properly coordinate with other agencies.

    Linnet Ryzel Jo, another volunteer firefighter, said the emphasis on communication and coordination was a key part of evacuating residents and keeping them safe during Typhoon Hagupit.

    “Before, every agency was not very well coordinated,” she said. “Since we (attended MTI’s) seminars, most of the agencies have been united.”

    She added: “With Typhoon Ruby, we were prepared.”

    At the Bureau of Fire Protection, Tacloban’s official fire station, those sentiments were echoed. Firefighter Zardoz Abela said more than anything, MTI’s training gave local emergency medical service responders the confidence to take a leadership role during Typhoon Hagupit.

    “We are more equipped than with Yolanda. Our confidence was bolstered because of (MTI),” Abela said. “Every time we encounter a serious case, there’s a sense of confidence.”

    That confidence shone through during Typhoon Hagupit. The volunteer firefighters of Delta Volunteer firehouse in Tacloban, who also underwent MTI’s preparedness training seminars, travelled to nearby Dolores to deliver aide packages consisting of food. Dolores received the brunt of Hagupit’s force.

    Mave Lim, a Delta firefighter, said volunteer responders had adopted new procedures to assess the needs of patients, based on MTI’s training. Those were put to use in Dolores.

    He expressed happiness at being able to assist the residents of Dolores, saying it was “time to reach out.”

    Because of your generous gifts, MTI is able to help provide urgent relief to people in the Philippines and other countries we serve. Thank you!

    Learn more about our work in the Philippines and donate to our disaster relief.

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