Medical Teams International’s Disaster Response program is designed to provide a swift, coordinated disaster recovery plan in a crisis situation. Collaborating with local government agencies, we evaluate the disaster impact and coordinate with our standby pool of trained and experienced disaster response volunteers to send aid within 48 hours.
Through partnerships with local health organizations, we provide transitional health and community programming for impacted communities, from disaster relief to development, saving lives and improving quality of care.
We prioritize working with partners and local healthcare to avoid duplication and focus on locations where emergency needs are not being met. This approach allows us to help strengthen existing healthcare systems.
We also enable self-sufficiency, preparing communities for future disasters by identifying the highest risks for disaster and how to mitigate these.
What we do
- Develop high-impact relief, rehabilitation and risk-reduction programs that provide emergency health care to vulnerable populations.
- Build local partner and health personnel capacity through training and support to community-based health and development programs.
- Ship containers of essential medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics, increasing access and quality of health services.
Key focus areas
- Control of communicable diseases, including malaria, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections and cholera
- Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in vulnerable populations
- Psychosocial services
- Disaster preparedness and risk reduction
Displacement: the new 21st Century Challenge
The year 2013 had the largest number of displaced people ever recorded by UNHCR. The numbers of the top five refugee hot spots are staggering:
The Washington Post reports
that world's population of displaced people is at its highest since World War II.