PORTLAND, OR – July 31, 2014 – As the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to spread in West Africa, Medical Teams International (MTI) is bringing their experience, expertise and presence within the country to bear to help those in need.
From the outset, MTI has responded to the Ebola outbreak by providing medical supplies and training for community health workers to help prevent the spread of the virus. Because there is no known cure, the Liberian Ministry of Health prioritizes education through community health workers as the best way to attack the spread of Ebola.
“The current Ebola crisis is the most severe challenge we’ve dealt with since coming to Liberia ten years ago following their civil war,” said Joe DiCarlo, vice president of International Programs for Medical Teams International. “As in all our work around the world, we’re committed to responding to the most urgent needs and reaching and caring for the most vulnerable, and our work in this outbreak is another expression of that.”
MTI is equally committed to the safety and security of staff and volunteers and is doing everything possible and prudent to ensure their well-being. While MTI’s in-country staff are continuing their maternal and child health programs along with the ebola awareness initiatives, MTI and other organizations have temporarily suspended the use of volunteer teams from outside the country in response to guidance from the Ministry of Health. MTI will continue working and coordinating closely with them, as well as the US Embassy in Liberia, the World Health Organization and other NGO’s, while monitoring and responding to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
About Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International is a Christian humanitarian relief and development organization committed to helping people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. We mobilize expert volunteer medical, dental and support professionals, procure and ship worldwide donated medicines and supplies and create health programs with lasting impact. For more information, go to www.medicalteams.org.
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