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Oregon Nurse Travels to West Africa with Medical Teams International

by Tracey Goldner | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, ORE - Feb. 7, 2008) Marie Davis, a nurse from Dallas, Ore., has been serving on medical missions with Medical Teams International for more than two decades. Since 1985, Davis has traveled to war-torn countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, Romania and Sudan to heal people desperate for medical care.

This February, Davis will make her 41st trip with the Portland-based aid agency—this time to Liberia, West Africa. She and her husband, Curtis Davis, will spend three weeks working at ELWA Hospital, just outside the capital city of Monrovia. Curtis, a retired electrician, will refurbish the hospital’s electrical system, while Marie will address medical needs.

Davis will assist the hospital’s nursing staff in assessing their education needs and provide informal hands-on training. Medical Teams International will use the information she gathers to develop a training curriculum for future volunteer training teams.

“Liberia is still recovering from the violent 14-year civil war that rocked the country and destroyed hospitals, schools, government buildings and businesses. The effects of the war have caused significant gaps in medical training,” says Debbie Doty, Africa program manager for Medical Teams International.

“I am fortunate to have a good education and support from my family, church and hospital so I’ve always had a great desire to give back,” Davis says, reflecting on the many times she’s traveled to places filled with so much poverty and despair. “One of my lifelong goals is to contribute in a way that promotes world peace.”

Davis departs from PDX International Airport on February 16 and returns March 5.

Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 27-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,600 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries. The group has been serving in Liberia since 2003.