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Medical Teams International | Official Blog

Get the latest updates from our programs in the field internationally and here in the United States.  

  • Field Update: MTI Volunteer Teams Helping Typhoon Recovery

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 30, 2014

    Today we wanted to share with you some photos from the field of our latest volunteer teams in the Philippines. After the devastating storm last November, you blessed typhoon victims with an outpouring of generosity. In addition to providing immediate emergency medical care, your gifts are also working to rebuild.

    This week, volunteers from our partner Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) arrived in Tacloban City to provide EMS/EMT Basic Training to three local fire departments. Also known as First Responder Training, the training will help rebuild the local infrastructure and capacity to respond to future disasters. Thank you for your incredible compassion and generosity. You are helping to save lives of future generations!

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    MTI Volunteer providing training

     

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    MTI & Bureau of Fire Protection

     

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    First Responder Training

     

  • Refugee Mother Success Story: Violeta

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 29, 2014

    As you know, MTI's work takes our volunteers and staff into some of the most difficult places in the world. Your gifts directly help some of the poorest people, fleeing their homes, which have been ravaged by conflict and violence.

    Meet Violeta, one of the refugee mothers you have helped.  Twenty-seven-year-old Violeta resides in the Nakivale refugee settlement, where MTI is providing care to refugees in Southwest Uganda. A year ago, she gave birth to her daughter Anita at the health facility in the refugee camp.

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    Violeta and her daughter Anita

    Soft-spoken, Violeta says, "I was very afraid after seeing women lose their children during unsafe birth. I am glad that the medical personnel at the facility helped me during the delivery of my daughter."

    Violeta is very grateful for the post-natal care she received as well as the advice from the facility. Thankful for the treatment, she has returned today for her daughter's immunizations.

    Thank you for demonstrating the love of Christ to Violeta and mothers like her around the world. We are so grateful!

  • Refugee Success Story: Shalom in SW Uganda

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 29, 2014

    Thank you for your generous donations to our program in Southwest Uganda, where we are providing medical care to Congolese refugees. Meet one of the families that you are directly helping!

    Introducing 30-year-old Shalom. Shalom is mother to 10-month-old daughter Lydia. The pair live in Kabahinda Village in Nakivale settlement. When she came to the refugee camp, Lydia was very ill, suffering from malnutrition. Her mother was extremely distraught.

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    Shalom & her daughter Lydia

     

    Thanks to your generous donations, Lydia is receiving nutrition food supplements that helped her become healthy again! Shalom is overcome with gratitude when she shares her story. Through tears she says, "before receiving the supplements, my daughter was in a sorry state. I am very thankful...."

    Thank you for your selfless gifts, which are helping this little baby girl thrive! We are so grateful for your compassion.

  • Field Highlight: Meet Ofelia in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 28, 2014

    Meet Ofelia! Ofelia is a Mother Counselor in Guatemala.

    Ofelia (27) lives in the community of Sehaquibá, an hour and a half from Cobán. She began serving as a MTI volunteer after the death of her mother Magdalena, who was a Mother Counselor herself. Ofelia has now been volunteering with MTI for over two and a half years and has ten families in her care. Each month she meets with the mothers of these families to share the health education she receives through MTI. Ofelia is enthusiastic and enjoys her work because she loves seeing the families healthy. Since the death of her mother, Ofelia has taken on the role of mother within her family to care for her six younger brothers and sisters.

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    Prior to volunteering as a Mother Counselor, Ofelia said that she was not well known within her community and that she was unfamiliar with health practices important in the care of children under 5, pregnant women, and lactating mothers, and was not involved in the work of community health workers in her community. Since taking on the role of Mother Counselor, Ofelia said she is now well recognized in her community for her strong leadership and involvement in MTI’s activities. She is now familiar with a variety of health themes related to the prevention of childhood illnesses and childhood mortality, and she said she applies all of this knowledge within the care of her own family members.

    Ofelia said that her family no longer suffers from respiratory illnesses since they received a stove through MTI, and that this has helped families throughout the community to lower their outgo for medicines and fuel for preparing their meals.

    Prior to the involvement of MTI in her community, Ofelia said that families were not worried about their hygiene practices around their homes and that since they did not have latrines these poor hygiene practices caused a number of illnesses such as diarrhea. Ofelia noted that thanks to the support of Medical Teams International, all families in her community have latrines, practice better hygiene, and the children are healthy and growing well.

    Ofelia said families practice good hygiene as a result of being given health education on this as well as topics such as care for children under 5, hand-washing, supplementary feeding, danger signs of pneumonia, diarrhea, prenatal and postnatal check-ups, and family planning.

    Thank you for donating to our Community Health programs! Your gifts directly touch families in Guatemala, improving their health and lives. Thank you!

    Story by Brittn Grey
  • MTI Instrumental in Cross-Border Ebola Prevention Meetings

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 25, 2014

    As AllAfrica.com reports, MTI and our partner the Grand Cape Mount County Health Team in Liberia have reached an agreement with health authorities in Sierra Leone to hold cross-border Ebola prevention meetings in the interest of both countries.

    The purpose of the meetings is to save lives of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans.

    Education of citizens is a critical piece of the action plan to save lives: understanding how the deadly Ebola virus is transmitted is the most effective way to prevent its spread.

    Read more on AllAfrica.com.

    Thank you for your donations to our Ebola response. Your gifts are serving on the front lines RIGHT NOW, helping doctors in the ELWA isolation unit in Monrovia and getting the word out to terrified Liberian citizens. Please continue to help save lives. Donate today.


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