(PORTLAND, OR Oct 14, 2009) The 2,000th team of medical volunteers sent by Medical Teams International takes place tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, and will travel to Uganda, where Medical Teams International has been working for the past 4 years.
Jo Hauser, an Emergency Room physician from Ottawa, ON will lead the team of three volunteers. The other team members include experienced Medical Teams International volunteers; Janey Pinneo, Children’s Hospital nurse and Deanna King, a Registered Nurse from Harrison, ID.
This three person team will travel to Southwestern Uganda to provide relief to refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The team will work alongside our national Ugandan staff to provide primary and emergency healthcare services in resettlement communities.
“This team represents thousands of volunteers who have touched lives around the world over the last 30 years,” says Bas Vanderzalm, president of Medical Teams International. “Dr. Hauser and this team are a great example of the compassion and dedication which drives our volunteers to bring hope and healing to the sick.”
Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than 1.3 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2000 volunteers meet the needs of people worldwide each year. Donations can be made by calling (503) 624.1000 or by logging on to www.medicalteams.org.