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  • MTI Photos: Timbers/Thorns Representatives Get a Kick Out of Distribution Center

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 25, 2015

    Recently, representatives from the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer clubs stopped by MTI's distribution center in Tigard, Ore. They spent some time doing all the cool stuff, like walking through the Real.Life.Exhibit and taking a tour of a Mobile Dental van.

    But then we put them to work.

    Of course, one would be forgiven for mistaking this so-called "work" for being something else entirely: fun.

    The Timbers and Thorns reps didn't miss a beat; they jumped at the opportunity to pitch in. That's because, well, the secret is out: Soul-enriching activities have a way of being rewarding in ways that linger beyond the initial experience.

    That's what keeps volunteers coming back, day-in and day-out. After all, volunteers are the little engines that keeps the distribution center chugging along. And, for at least this day, many of the volunteers came bedecked in their futbol finery.

    They had to represent the team, after all; but after the experience, they now belong to two. Many thanks to them for joining our team, too.

    Check out these photos of the Timbers/Thorns reps at our distribution center.

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    MTI, distribution center, Thorns, Timbers

    MTI, distribution center, Thorns, Timbers

    MTI, distribution center, Thorns, Timbers

    MTI, distribution center, Thorns, Timbers

    Great work everyone!
  • Field Photos: Safe Motherhood Practices in Cambodia

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 24, 2015

    A group from Medical Teams International recently arrived back to the U.S. after spending a week abroad in Cambodia. Thanks to your support, the team was able to travel to rural villages and document the work MTI conducts in the country of 15 million people.

    Much of that work is dedicated to maternal and child health. Acute respiratory infections are still relatively common among children in some of Cambodia's more rural municipalities. Inroads have been taken to bolster health services throughout the country, in part as a result of your generous contributions to the cause. Thank you for making a difference in the world!

    Check out these photos of your gifts transformed into action.

    And thanks so much to Frank Nichols and Diane Morgan for taking the wonderful photos.

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    MTI volunteers and staff use a harness to weigh a baby to ensure it's of sufficient weight.

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    A clinician assists a patient and her young baby in Cambodia.

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    Improving the overall health of children is a top goal of MTI's work in Cambodia.

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    This little guy is so comfortable he just fell asleep.

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    MTI is dedicated to improving the quality of care at 25 health centers through strengthening their services.

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    MTI also provides training to first responders.

    Your charitable hearts are making a difference in the lives of those in the most need around the world.  
  • Mobile Dental: Thank You Notes Arrive

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 23, 2015

    It's common for patients of Medical Teams International's Mobile Dental clinics to write reflections about their experiences. With few exceptions, the patients say they feel transformed after leaving the clinics. It's amazing what some dental work can do.

    Recently, MTI received several "thank you" cards from patients who received care at one of the clinics. The cards came from patients who attended MTI's Benton County, Oregon, clinic, held on Feb. 11. 

    Here are their thoughts — thoughts extended to you, whose generous donations and support make the clinics possible.

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    Thank you cards written by patients of MTI's Mobile Dental clinics.

    Thank you so much, to all of you. For your hard work and kindness. May God Bless you all. You are so much appreciated. 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

                                                                                                                         - Cory

    To all who helped me today, thank you for the Blessing of helping my pain and discomfort with my teeth. I am excited to get better sleep and having less issues with eating food that I enjoy. May God Bless you!

                                                                                                                  Thank you

    Our family would like to thank each and every one of you for your caring hearts! For taking the time to help us and others in need in our community! We really appreciate this.

    Blessings to each of you!

                                                                                                         Mayra & Gerardo

    Messages of thanks, like these, arrive regularly and never cease to raise spirits. It's important to know that you're making a difference in the lives of people in your community. These are your neighbors, many of whom suffer silently through excruciating mouth pain. 

    You deserve kudos for your compassion and support of a program that touches so many lives.

  • Field Video: In Liberia, Steps Taken to Curb Ebola

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 19, 2015

    In Liberia, the tide is turning in the struggle to keep Ebola from crashing against the shoals. 

    For nearly a year, the people of West Africa have been battered by the worst outbreak of the disease ever. Not only has Ebola killed thousands, it has disrupted an already fragile community health system. With Ebola, the fight isn't simply against a slinky-shaped microbe that kills. It’s a fight for something. The fight to ensure healthy futures for millions of people.

    Your support is making a difference.

    Medical Teams International was in Liberia from the beginning of the outbreak, even after many others left. Thank you for coming alongside and being part of the team; without your prayers and inspiring support, Ebola would continue crashing down on the people of West Africa. 

    Check out this video about what's been done to combat Ebola in Liberia and how, as a team, we can continue to serve those in need.

  • Liberia Success Story: Traditional Clinics Help Pregnant Women

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 12, 2015

    In Bomi County, Liberia, there’s a movement afoot to educate women on the dangers of delivering babies in the home.

    Clinical supervisors from Medical Teams International are making inroads in convincing women that, with anti-Ebola measures keeping the disease at bay, it has become safer for women to give birth at medical facilities.

    Support from MTI’s donors, like you, has made that possible. The lives of thousands, like Sawho Johnson and her two children, were improved — possibly saved — because you joined the team.

    Sawho gave birth to twins at an MTI-supervised facility after her mother-in-law, a traditional midwife, was convinced by an MTI clinical supervisor that it was safe to do so.

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    Fatu Gebeh, from left, and Sawho Johnson hold the twins Sawho birthed at a medical clinic.

    That wasn’t so easy.

    Following the outbreak of Ebola, many of Liberia’s certified midwives and doctors began dying from the disease, a result of poor sanitation practices at hospitals and clinics. This led to fears circulating about the risks associated with coming into contact with pregnant women who may have Ebola. Many women were turned away from clinics during the height of the Ebola epidemic. Some died giving birth on the streets.

    Because there was a lack of trust between traditional midwives, certified midwives and other health practitioners, it was difficult for pregnant women, especially ones from rural villages, to receive regular maternity treatment. A number of traditional midwives turned to home births as an alternative, something Liberia’s Ministry of Health warned against prior to the Ebola outbreak.

    One of those traditional midwives was Sawho’s mother-in-law, Fatu Gebeh.

    “I consider it a shame that I live in a village that allows women to give birth in public without medical help,” Fatu said. “I won’t listen to any health worker because they want our population to reduce. That’s why they are allowing women to give birth in public without aid so they may die in child birth.”

    That credibility gap between health workers and the public, borne of the Ebola epidemic, needed to be filled. And that’s where MTI and your generous donations have played a significant role.

    MTI clinical supervisor Oscar Dolo has been working on an awareness campaign to convince traditional midwives that there are dangers associated with home deliveries.

    In Fatu’s case, it worked. The traditional midwife took Sawho to a clinic, where she gave birth to her twins — Fatu and Hawa Johnson.

    Your blessings and gifts are making a difference around the globe, among the world’s most vulnerable citizens. Through education programs and medical training in Liberia, we can make a difference and end the suffering.