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Medical Teams International Selected as a Regional Winner in CLASSY Awards

by Angela Pratt | Dec 05, 2013

(Portland OR Aug 02, 2012 ) Medical Teams International is awarded the Disaster Relief and International Aid Classy Award for the West Region.

Classy Award West Regional WinnerMedical Teams International (MTI) has been selected as a Regional Winner in the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards, in the Disaster Relief and International Aid category for the West region.

The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, recognizing the top charitable achievements around the world. This year, more than 2,400 nominations were submitted for nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and volunteers. Out of 5 finalists in the category, Medical Teams International was chosen as Regional Winner in recognition of the organization’s response to famine victims in East Africa.

MTI volunteer, Ian Yocum, was also recognized as a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category for the West region for his pivotal contributions to the organization’s emergency response projects in disaster-affected countries.

“This recognition is a wonderful tribute to our staff and volunteers like Ian,” says Jeff Pinneo, CEO of Medical Teams International. “Their skilled and compassionate response to the plights of the world’s most distressed forms the core of our work. We are humbled by the recognition and grateful to be in the company of such dynamic and effective organizations positively impacting lives around the world.”

In 2011, East Africa was hit with one of the worst droughts in 60 years, escalating into a famine affecting more than 11 million people. Utilizing key local partnerships, Medical Teams International implemented a program to deliver emergency medical relief to both sides of the Kenya/Somali border. MTI was able to send teams of volunteer medical professionals to rural areas where there were no health care providers to meet the demand, and provided much-needed medical supplies and treatment to refugees.

In the first nine months of response, MTI volunteers treated over 7,500 people and provided training and support to a local Somali NGO and Kenyan community health workers. An estimated 40,000 people in Kenya and Somalia were directly or indirectly impacted by this program, during the height of the crisis.

The 16 National Winners of the CLASSY awards will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in San Diego, CA.