[PORTLAND, Ore. - Aug. 25, 2009] Medical Teams International, along with its Global Relief Alliance partners, is the recipient of a $1.92 million grant to provide primary health care to 105,000 people in West Darfur.
The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is providing the grant to Medical Teams International and its Christian partners on the scene to supply health, nutrition and water aid until July 2010.
“Our goal is to improve access and increase the quality of primary health care in clinics and health training in four communities – including one community where another agency was expelled last year,” reports Tammy Teske, Manager of Disaster Response Services.
In one month’s time, this health program will be able to provide services that include:
◦Health care for nearly 5000 patients,
- ◦Vaccines for more than 200 children and
- ◦HIV / AIDS education and training for more than 4300 people.
Since 2004, more than 4.7 million people have been affected by this conflict – including 137,000 new victims in the first half of 2009. Medical Teams International has worked in this region since June 2004.
This OFDA grant helps cover health care costs. Volunteers going to the scene still need help with sponsorship for this assignment. If you would like to donate or sponsor a volunteer, visit www.medicalteams.org.
Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International has deployed nearly 2,000 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1.2 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.