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  • Liberia Success Story: Keeping Faith Alive

    by Tyler Graf | Jun 10, 2015

    Faith with grandmother 2
    Baby Faith, who's 2 years old, with her grandmother in Liberia.

    Faith’s life has been a struggle from the start. The girl’s mother abandoned her in Liberia when the baby was only a few weeks old.

    If Faith didn’t have her grandmother in her life, she wouldn't have anyone at all. Grandma raised the toddler, who is now 2-years-old, and there’s clearly a lot of love between the two.

    But grandma is only one woman.

    The support system that many people rely on simply hasn’t existed for Faith. So when the toddler became sick with an unknown disease, there was no place to go for help. It just so happened that Faith had become desperately ill during the height of Liberia’s Ebola epidemic, a time when all illnesses were viewed as a potential public-health threat. Health workers were reluctant to treat patients who might have Ebola – even babies like Faith.

    Health workers initially showed little interest in Faith’s condition. They didn’t ask enough questions to know how to treat the baby girl. The only thing doctors knew about Faith’s condition was that the girl’s skin was feeling intermittently hot and cold. An MTI “rapid response” team was called to assess Faith’s condition out of concern that she might have Ebola. Her symptoms were similar.

    That’s when Faith’s condition worsened. Her skin broke out in a rash, and her eyes turned red. She came down with a fever, and she had trouble swallowing. There was a painful sore inside her throat.

    When MTI’s rapid response team assessed the young girl, they concluded that she either had measles or Ebola. The prognosis was frightening. Both illnesses are deadly. Ebola in particular was on everyone’s mind. It’s the scourge that has killed more than 4,800 people in Liberia alone. But because of your gifts, MTI’s rapid response team was on the ground to transport Faith to a clinic, where she was monitored for several days and tested.

    Faith tested for measles or Ebola
    Faith is tested to make sure she doesn't have Ebola.

    There was a minor sense of relief when the tests came back negative for Ebola. She had measles instead. Thanks to the quick intervention of the clinic’s staff and the rapid response team, Faith’s condition improved. She is now free of measles and is happy and healthy.

    Faith is an accurately named little girl. She started with nothing, became sick during the worst Ebola pandemic ever, but nonetheless survived with a smile. Your support, donations and prayers made the difference. Thank you for making a positive impact in this girl’s life and, in doing so, keeping the Faith. 

  • MTI Support: Silverton Students raise $20,000

    by Tyler Graf | Jun 08, 2015

    Silverton HS donates $20,000 check

    The spirit of philanthropy is alive and well at Silverton High School, in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

    Students raised a whopping $20,231.67 this spring for Medical Teams International through it's Mr. Silverton High School pageant. The annual event pits eight seniors against each other in revue-style showcase of talents. Behinds the scenes, the boys worked to raise money for MTI by finding sponsors and donors, in addition to selling tickets. It was a massive — and, from what we hear, massively fun — undertaking.

    MTI is a regular recipient of SHS students' hard work and generosity dating back more than a decade. In the early 2000s, Silverton High School's student leaders toured the Real. Life. Exhibit and were so moved by what they saw that they started raising money for MTI. In the early years it was through an event called Hoops for Hope. In recent years it's been the Mr. Silverton High School Pageant.

    This year's donation was the most ever raised by SHS students. Next year's pageant organizers will undoubtedly have their hands full topping this year's total, but we're sure they're up to the challenge. A heartfelt thank you to Silverton High School, its compassionate students and all those who donated. They're making a difference in the lives of people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty.

  • Lebanon Story: Badra's Broken Heart

    by Tyler Graf | Jun 05, 2015

    Badra, Lebanon, refugee, April 2015

    Three years ago, Badra fled Syria for Lebanon with her damaged heart in tow.

    Despite her medical condition, she had to leave her home country. She would have died otherwise. War was breaking out all around her, and people were dying. The dead included two of her nephews who were killed by snipers.

    She and her family found their way to Lebanon, where they live a very modest lifestyle. It was in Lebanon where her medical condition worsened. Her heart was giving out. A year and a half ago she had heart bypass surgery, but it failed. Doctors had to perform open heart surgery to fix it. She has a scar running down her sternum as a reminder of the operation.

    Badra's chest scar, Lebanon, refugees, April 2015
    Badra reveals the scar left from her heart surgery.

    Badra’s damaged heart weakened a once-strong and independent woman, a matriarch of five daughters and 30 grand kids. While she required regular medical attention, it was expensive or otherwise difficult to obtain in Lebanon. Early on, nongovernmental organizations refused to help Badra because she did not live in one of the refugee settlements.

    Bad news like that is a part of daily life as a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. But then, one day, good news arrived.

    Badra heard that Medical Teams International was coming to a nearby settlement. She thought the health workers there could help with her diabetes and hypertension. At MTI’s mobile clinic, doctors tested Badra’s blood sugar and took her blood pressure. They also supplied her with medicine to keep her ailments in check.

    Badra's condition has improved, thanks to your gifts, support and prayers. Because of you donations, Badra can go to the MTI clinic every month when it comes to the nearby settlement. Badra said she believes she is now receiving proper care, adding that MTI is "providing the right medications.”

    Thank you for making a difference in this woman's life, and in the lives of countless other Syrian refugees. To contribute to the efforts, donate today.

  • Mobile Dental: Hailey Avoids Painful Abscess

    by Tyler Graf | Jun 04, 2015

    Hailey 2 Oak Grove Mobile Dental

    Left unchecked, a simple cavity can lead to excruciating pain, especially for a little girl like 6-year-old Hailey. 

    We met the first grader at Oak Grove Elementary School in the North Clackamas School District. She was silently sitting in the dentist's chair at a Medical Teams International Mobile Dental clinic, as dental students from Oregon Health & Science University worked on her teeth. 

    She'd come to the clinic because of a cavity. Her family does not have any form of dental insurance, so the clinic was Hailey's best opportunity to have her teeth fixed before a more serious problem arose. It just so happened that one was looming on the horizon.

    The cavity was punching a nerve. While the pain had not yet become unmanageable, Hailey said it was uncomfortable. She said it was a distraction knowing the cavity was there. It could be difficult to concentrate, the shy girl said.

    A cavity like that can also become a serious medical issue. Without treatment, it becomes abscessed. This is a painful infection at the root of the teeth. Treatment options for abscessed teeth can be expensive, and the procedures are often uncomfortable, necessitating extractions and incisions to drain swollen gums. 

    But thanks to your financial support of the Mobile Dental Program and its school-based outreach, youth like Hailey don't have to worry about developing painful and expensive oral decay. Your gifts lessened the pain in this girl's life.

    When she hopped down from the dentist's chair, she beamed a toothy -- and somewhat toothless -- smile and declared that she felt better. She then picked up an MTI-supplied bag filled with dental supplies, like floss and a toothbrush. She'll be using the goodies to keep her teeth healthy and happy.

    Thank you for your gifts to MTI's Mobile Dental Program. To support it further, donate today.
  • Guatemala Success Story: Little Jesus Regains Health

    by Tyler Graf | Jun 03, 2015

    Jesus Mendez Guatemala malnourished

    Jesus is a 2-year-old toddler who lives in the Soch village of Guatemala, in the rural municipality of Chicaman. Last year, he became sick with a cough and rapid breathing. His hands and feet were also swollen, but the cause of that problem was not immediately known.

    As Jesus’ cough worsened, his parents sought help. A Medical Teams International nurse evaluated the child and decided to transfer him to a larger hospital. The boy showed symptoms of a condition that could be deadly if left unchecked.

    At the hospital, Jesus was diagnosed with moderate malnutrition and pneumonia. He was in bad shape – weak and wheezing and swollen. He stayed at the hospital for a month receiving treatment. When he went home, the little boy underwent a 12-day MTI medical workshop to heal further. A second MTI-coordinated workshop, attended by Jesus’ mother Rosalina, emphasized nutrition. In time Jesus regained weight and became healthy again. At the second workshop, Rosalina learned about proper feeding techniques to prevent little Jesus from becoming malnourished again.

    Your contributions made it possible for Jesus and his family to have the resources necessary for doctors to be able to recognize, diagnose and treat his serious medical condition. Thank you for demonstrating the love of Christ to this child. Jesus’ parents say they are grateful to God for the work being done in their community.

    We're happy to report that a year after Jesus' medical scare, he's healthy and going strong.

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