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  • Dental Van Success Stories: People You've Helped

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 23, 2014

    Dental care is one of the top unmet health care needs for low-income adults in Washington and Oregon. Because of your donations, we are able to provide dental services for grateful community residents in need. Every day we hear from our patients about the meaningful, even life-changing, impact receiving dental care has on their lives:

    "Your people for the dental van…are real personable and make you feel so comfortable. This means so much for me because for at least 10 years I have not seen a dentist. I have such bad teeth that with this dental van I will have the self-confidence to look for a job…with the bad teeth I’m so self-conscious of myself and do not want to interact with people. Thank you so much for everything." -Robert

    "I was in need of significant dental care for about two years prior to being treated by the mobile dental van; I suffered through debilitating pain and costly emergency room visits. My overall health was impacted because I began neglecting my oral hygiene due to pain. I cannot express the level of gratitude I feel." -Patient at a men’s shelter

    "Had partial root canal then lost insurance when I became disabled and had heart attack. I can’t afford to fix my teeth and am afraid I will lose them. Thank you so much for this dental van." -Sara

    Thank you for donating to our mobile dental vans!
  • Field Photo: Certified Clinicians in Uganda

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 19, 2014

    We are so excited to share with you the June graduating class of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) training in Nakivale, Uganda! The group completed a two week training (one week lecture, one week hands-on) on IMCI.

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUNE CLASS!

     

    A high percentage of clinicians haven't had any formal training or certification by the Ministry of Health in IMCI. Thanks to your generous support of our Uganda programs, this year MTI will be able to send five volunteer teams to train clinical staff. Our volunteer teams will co-train the course with Dr. Patrick Okello in our Uganda office, and two representatives from the Ministry of Health.

    The goal is to certify 55 clinicians from nine different MTI clinics throughout Uganda - all serving refugee populations. The clinicians have different specialties, ranging from midwives to nurses to clinical officers.

    This training will help provide children with quality healthcare that they so desperately need in Uganda, dramatically improving survival rates for children under five. You are making this training possible. Thank you!

  • Field Photo: Uganda IMCI Team

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 16, 2014
    FIELD PHOTO: Say hello to one of our teams in Uganda! They are in Mbarara teaching our clinical staff from all around Uganda about Integration Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).  

    Pictured are 15 MTI field staff, two American volunteers, and three trainers from the Ministry of Health. Here they are displaying their IMCI reference materials, which feature charts on how to diagnose and treat sick children based on certain symptoms. 

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    Thank you for supporting our Uganda programs! You are helping save children's lives!
  • Haiti Success Story: Cléosthène Builds His Family Latrine

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 13, 2014

    You are helping prevent the spread of Cholera in the most effective way possible - through prevention! Your gifts provide education to impoverished people in Haiti to help stop Cholera in its tracks.

    Cléosthène lives in Atfougie a locality in Crochu. He attended training on Cholera organized by MTI field staff and learned that it is important to eliminate feces in latrine to limit Cholera spread. After attending training, he built a latrine for his family. He also learned the importance of handwashing.

    After several months he said “Now I am practicing hygiene rules and I am not anymore concerned [about dangers of not using a latrine] when people are talking about latrines.”

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    Cléosthène family’s latrine

    Thank you for our generosity! You are changing lives.

  • Psycho-Social Advocacy for Young Typhoon Victims

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 12, 2014

    When Typhoon Yolanda slammed into the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, it left behind incredible destruction and loss. Not only that, it left behind grieving and traumatized families, suffering the mental after-effects of the devastating storm.

    Through your generous donations to our Disaster Response program, MTI has been able to support a local foundation committed to longer term projects in the Philippines. Mission Tacloban, created by the Dona Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTR), focuses on projects such as Psycho-Social Counseling, Train-the-Trainer sessions in Tacloban City, and RTR Football Cup - a sustainable, grassroots football (soccer) program for underprivileged youth of Leyte.

    The football clinic was set up as an advocacy program to introduce football to underprivileged youth who were the traumatized survivors of Typhoon Yolanda as a means of trauma counseling for the children. The project focuses on creating an environment of hope, competitive sportsmanship, teamwork, and camaraderie as a means to heal their broken spirits, minds and hearts.

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    Youth Participating in the First RTR Cup

     

    Thanks to your generosity, MTI was able to support this program by providing the uniforms, soccer balls, and cleats, for the 96 students and 12 coaches. Also a result of your incredible gifts, MTI will be able to provide ongoing Train-the-Trainer training in September for the educators and coaches of these students. By providing psycho-social services to the people of Leyte, we can help them manage their fear, expose their pain, mourn their losses, reconnect, reclaim their lives, and take action.

    The first RTR Cup was a first step toward the creation of a sustainable grassroots football program dedicated to the creation and nurturing of a football training program for Leyte youth. Held May 17-25 the first summer clinic had youth ranging from ages 6-12. Eiight teams from several different municipalities in Leyte participated, and the clinic was a great success!

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     Thank you for your support of our Disaster Response programs! Your donations enable us to be ready to respond the minute a disaster occurs- and to be able to help rebuild in the aftermath of a disaster. Thank you for demonstrating the love of Christ to those in need around the world.


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