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  • Typhoon Haiyan: A Year Later

    by Kristin Simpson | Nov 10, 2014

    On November 8th, 2013, a category 5 typhoon slammed into the Philippines, affecting over 14.1 million people. More than 4.1 million people were displaced, over 6,000 were killed, and over 27,000 were reported injured.


    Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to respond quickly to the devastation. With your help, we shipped urgently needed medicines and supplies to clinics and hospitals in the Philippines. We also mobilized volunteer teams of medical professionals to provide primary health care services to over 300 villages.

    In addition to providing immediate emergency medical care, your gifts helped rebuild the local infrastructure and ability to respond to future disasters.

    Because of your compassion and support, the country's capacity to provide adequate medical care is being restored, and we are continuing to provide support to local partners engaged in a variety of rebuilding efforts.

    Thank you for joining us in our commitment to rise, mobilize and make a difference in the lives of people affected by this historic and devastating typhoon. Your support is a huge blessing to those we serve, and we are so grateful to have you on the team.

    Reflections from MTI volunteers


    "...many parents we saw just needed reassurance after their horrible experiences, that their children were ok. It gave us an opportunity to assess the child for illness, of course, but maybe more importantly, to place our hand on the mom's shoulder and give her comfort, encouragement and let her know that what she was feeling was normal. And things were going to get better." - Sharon Tissell, RN & MTI Volunteer

    "I found the people of the Philippines to be very strong and resilient — their motto was 'Rise up Tacloban'." - Mike Erkel, Physician Assistant & MTI Volunteer


    "I worked with a young family; the mother had 3 young children, one who was an infant. She was in a town that had not seen medical care since the typhoon and stood in line with all her children for hours. When she finally reached me I could see she was doing the best she could to maintain normalcy for her children. She appeared overwhelmed by the situation but her strength to improve her situation was evident by her warm smile and attention to her children." - Michelle LaVina, RN & MTI Volunteer




  • Haiti Success Story: Michaella Rose

    by Katie Carroll | Nov 05, 2014

    Michaella Rose is a small girl of 11 months, born in the town of Tiburon, about 3 hours from Les Cayes in Haiti. Although born without any health problems, at only three days old she came down with a fever that sent her to the hospital for a week. Her illness left her with brain damage. It was at this hospital that she was also diagnosed with a club foot.


    Tragically, Rose's father rejected her as a result of her health issues, throwing her out of the home. Rose's mother bravely decided to fight for the rehabilitation of her daughter.

    After searching throughout her community for help, Rose's mother learned of the Haiti Advantage Program. In December 2013, Rose started her clubfoot treatment. After being treated with casts for two months, the MTI Haiti Advantage Program sent her to Port of Prince to take the final step, a surgery to correct the club foot. The surgery was a success!

    However, despite the successful surgery, her foot was developmentally retarded and malnourished. In February, Rose began regular therapy and nutrition sessions. Today, after months of therapy, Rose is completely transformed! She sits unsupported, plays with toys, and is starting to crawl.

    Your gifts have completely changed the life of one little girl, not even a full year old! You are making a difference around the world. Thank you.

  • Ebola Impact Story: Re-opening Clinics in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 31, 2014

    Your gifts are making a difference in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola. We recently received a report from Liberia about a closed medical facility. The clinic was closed until MTI came by and conducted an infection prevention and control training and monitoring. Now, this clinic is open and providing desperately-needed medical services for the community. The clinic is helping Ebola patients as well as providing medical care for those non-Ebola patients who urgently need help.

    Medical Teams International is working to support 334 health facilities in Liberia. A donation of $1,000 supports one clinic in a month, keeping it open and providing quality care to families in desperate need of urgent care – with and without Ebola.

    Thank you for coming alongside our teams to help battle the spread of this deadly virus!  Donate to our Ebola response program.

  • Dental Success Story: Project Connect

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 31, 2014

    The annual Project Connect event occurred on September 13th. Project Connect is a one-day event that offers free services to those who are struggling to make ends meet or experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon. MTI participates by sending our mobile dental vans and volunteers.


    Project Connect was the biggest success for Central Oregon and Medical Teams International. The event was attended by over 1,200 people from three counties, Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook.

    The biggest draw was the dental clinic.  Nearly 200 people checked in to the clinic to receive fillings, extractions, and misc. dental work, in addition to cleanings and x-rays.

    There was over twenty-three dentists, fourteen hygienists, and twenty-five assistants. That doesn't include the laypersons that helped with paper work, escorting and medical triage.

    The two sectors of the Central Oregon population that was represented were those that are on Medi-care and have no dental insurance.  

    About 10% where homeless, and 89% are below poverty level of income.

    After doing this job for almost 8 years, I am still taken aback by the spirit of gratefulness that the patients all share. They express it to everyone all the way through the process. Many of them wait in line most of the day. They don't complain and are surprisingly pleasant for waiting an average of four hours. They are in pain and have been for a long time. For many of them, this is their only chance at getting ANY dental care. They know that at least once a year the doors for dental care are open to them and they can come without judgment to receive dental services.

    The volunteers, many work all day, with only a few minutes' break for the restroom and take a bite to eat. They do so with a joyful heart. You don't hear anyone complaining, judging or critizing. They work like little army ants. I am proud to be a part of this event. 

    Thank you!

    Reporting by Debbie Sumbaugh, Mobile Dental Van Manager, MTI
  • Interactive Map: Agencies Helping to Stop the Spread of Ebola

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 24, 2014

    Check out this interactive map to get a sense of the different agencies working in West Africa as well as the different activities they are doing to help stop the spread of Ebola.

    Source: UN OCHA

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