In This Issue:
|MTI Volunteer Massage |
herapist Barb Ingram
and Simeon in 2003.
November 2000. It was a warmer-than-normal and beautiful day in Moldova. The children of the “Troiskoe” (translation, “trinity”) Village were having a wonderful time playing outdoors.
Simeon, a ten-year-old boy, was playing soccer with his friends after school. As he gave the soccer ball a good kick, his shoe went flying off his foot and got stuck on one of the electric poles. Simeon felt he didn’t have a choice. He knew how hard his parents worked to buy him his only set of school shoes and decided to climb up the electric pole.
|Simeon and former MTI |
staff member, Rodica
Cerbov in 2012.
As Simeon reached his shoe, a massive explosion erupted and he was thrown 30 feet away. Simeon was knocked unconscious.
His friends carried him to his home and when his parents saw him, they immediately started searching for a ride to the hospital since ambulances were not available in their rural location. Once they got him to the hospital, the doctors turned them away and declared Simeon a hopeless case with 45% of his body covered with 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
Svetlana, Simeon’s mom, refused to give up. She fought to bring her son across bumpy roads to the capital city of Chisinau and the Burn Intensive Care Unit renovated by Medical Teams International (MTI) at the Children’s Hospital. Simeon survived the trip but the doctors were unsure if he would survive the night.
But survive the night he did. While fighting through the pain the next several weeks, he met some US-based volunteers who came to cheer him up during the Christmas season, pray with him and rally support to get him the best care possible.
Today, Simeon is alive and thriving. He still considers himself an avid fan of soccer but now also has several other titles he considers himself blessed to have. He’s a college graduate, finishing his Bachelors’ in Information Technology with a minor in Social Work from the Free International University just this May.
He’s also giving back in the best ways he knows how. Simeon is a Medical Teams International volunteer helping with the local office in Moldova with their computer and software needs. He also visits the children in the Burn Unit every week to encourage the children and rally behind them… just like those volunteers who visited him 12 years ago.
Back in April, we wrote to our supporters about Nodding Syndrome, a mysterious illness affecting thousands of young children in northern Uganda, an area terrorized by Joseph Kony and many others over the years.
The support we received was truly heartwarming and six months later, the reports from the field are strong and uplifting. As of today, we have been able to:
- Conduct 13 awareness campaigns reaching more than 1,000 people;
- Train 188 Village Health Teams in basic surveillance skills of the symptoms of Nodding Syndrome;
- Provide treatment for nearly 847 children suffering from this disease; and,
- Train 97 caregivers on the proper treatment and care of Nodding Syndrome patients.
To read more updates on our Nodding Syndrom campaign, ready some of our volunteers' accounts in "Anti-seizure medicine's impact on nodding syndrome is remarkable" and "Treating children with Nodding Syndrome" blog posts.
Each year, we transform the International Distribution Center into a festive dinner hall with a silent and a live auction. On October 13th, our passionate supporters will once again be coming together for the 7th annual Great Adventure Dinner & Auction.
In order for this event to be successful, we need the help of nearly 150 volunteers. Would you have some time you can share with us?
We have a variety of shifts and volunteer opportunities available from October 10 – 13. Join the fun and contact Karrie Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-624-1011 for more details. We hope to see you there!
Bring your talent to parts of the world that have a great need for them. Here are some of our urgent volunteer needs:
Mbingo Baptist Hospital near Bamenda, Cameroon is in need of the following healthcare professionals.
An internist with working experience in Africa is requested to work with the hospital's resident internist for 2-4 weeks. Travel dates are flexible between September and November 2012.
A general surgeon is needed to provide coverage for 2 - 4 weeks. Several travel dates are available between September through November 2012.
Bangolo Hospital in Lebamba, Gabon need opthalmologists to provide surgery and training as part of the surgery residency curriculum. Volunteers will work alongside residents and other hospital staff. Mission dates are flexible between July 3 through September 30, 2012.
An Obstetrician / Gynecologist and Cytologist are needed to provide cervical cancer prevention and treatment training for Uzbek physicians. A biomedical scientist is also requested to help assist in rescreening abnormalities found in patients. Travel dates are flexible in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.
For the complete list of international volunteer opportunities, please visit www.medicalteams.org/IntVolunteer.
Please contact Brenda Porter at email@example.com or through 503.624.1020 for more information.
We love to receive your volunteer stories and photos! If you volunteered in the past year and have a photograph or story to share, please e-mail it to Chiqui Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, volunteers!
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