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  • Field Photos: Training in Grand Cape Mount

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 04, 2014

    Thank you for your incredible generosity to support our Ebola response program. Your gifts are making a difference every day in the uphill battle against Ebola. Thanks to your donations, MTI is able to maintain a leadership role among NGOs in Liberia.  Our staff continues to coordinate and lead the sharing of information throughout the community on how to stop the virus's spread.

    A few weeks ago, as a result of your generous gifts, MTI staff was able to complete four, two-day training sessions of community health volunteers in Grand Cape Mount, Liberia. Because of you, nearly 250 participants were trained on facts about the Ebola virus and how to share this information throughout their communities.

    At the beginning of this training session, nearly half of the volunteers raised their hands when asked if they believed the Ebola virus was NOT real. Education is the key to preventing the virus's spread. Your gift is making a difference!

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  • Field Update: Meet Olga, a Mother Counselor in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 25, 2014

    Meet Olga, one of MTI's volunteer Mother Counselors in Guatemala!

    Olga is the mother of 5 children and an active MTI Mother Counselor in the community of Sehaquiba, an hour and a half from Cobán.

    Through MTI’s training sessions, Olga said she now knows a lot about care for children, when to look for necessary help, danger signs during pregnancy, how to purify her water, and family planning techniques. She thanked MTI for the education since now she practices family planning and understands the benefits of spacing pregnancies. Olga said she had four children one after another and that when she had her births so quickly it was very difficult to care for her children as they were all very small. She commented that because of this experience she wants to transmit birth spacing information to other mothers in her area so that they can care for their families and live better.

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    Olga (far left) with Mother Counselors in Sehaquiba.

     

    Olga commented that prior to MTI’s work in the communities she did not know how to look for help when her children were sick, and that they suffered from both diarrhea and pneumonia. Now, her children no longer suffer from the same high incidence of illness and her family is healthy. Within her community, Olga said that respiratory illnesses have also been reduced since families no longer cook with smoke in the home.

    Olga noted that by practicing the instructions they have received they will be able to have a developing community, healthy families, and professionals in the future in their community. She noted that the village is now more organized, since leaders receive training on their roles and on the basis of this are more active and concerned about the health of the families that belong to their communities.

    We are so grateful for your continued support of our Community Health programs in Guatemala. Thank you!

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  • Fighting Ebola: Training of Volunteers in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 20, 2014

    Thank you for your incredibly generous donations to our Ebola response programs. Thanks to you, our response teams were able to successfully train 100 general Community Health Volunteers - plus additional volunteer participants - in Bomi County, Liberia.

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    Community Health Volunteers in Training

     

    At the beginning of this month, MTI began a four-month plan to support the Bomi County Health and Social Welfare Team with Ebola response. Response activities are focused on training all general Community Health Volunteers on how Ebola is transmitted and how it can be prevented. The objective is to equip volunteers with information and skills to conduct health messages and awareness about Ebola throughout the community. This weekend, four teams trained volunteers through lectures, Q&A sessions, group work, presentations and community mapping.

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    Bomi County Volunteers in Training

     

    We could not provide this training without you! The fight to stop the spread of Ebola continues to be difficult, but your gifts are making a difference. Thank your for having a heart for those in most desperate need.

    Learn more about why community education is critical for Liberian culture.

    Donate to our Ebola response program.

  • Four Reasons Not to Fear Ebola in the U.S.

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 15, 2014

    As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to spread, we wanted to share four reasons why you don't need to worry about an outbreak in the U.S.

    Reason 1: The U.S. has a robust healthcare system.

    A large outbreak – the likes of what we are seeing in West Africa – is very rare. The U.S. healthcare system can respond more effectively than can be done in West Africa. U.S. hospitals (including Emory in Atlanta where Dr. Brantly and Nancy Whitebol are being cared for) are well-equipped to handle infectious outbreaks like Ebola.

    Reason 2: Ebola is hard to contract.

    You aren't going to get Ebola if an infected person sits next to you or sneezes in the same room - the virus is not airborne. It is only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, such as blood or vomit. Patients are at the most dangerous contagious level when Ebola is in its terminal stages, which includes both internal and external bleeding, and profuse vomiting – all of which contain high concentrations of infectious virus. Anyone at this stage of the illness is close to death, and are too ill to travel.

    Reason 3: The virus is fragile, and easily killed.

    In the unlikely chance you come in contact with Ebola infected bodily fluids, it can be easily killed by contact with soap, bleach, sunlight or drying.

    Reason 4: Exposure to Ebola can be controlled through the use of protective measures.

    Precautions can be taken in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home. Some precautions include wearing protective clothing when working with potentially infected people. Basic hygiene practices like washing your hands regularly and washing dirty clothes also help control the spread of the virus. More importantly, U.S. medical teams are highly trained and are taking stringent precautions to ensure the virus does not spread.

    Ebola poses no significant risk in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control.


    As there currently is no cure for Ebola, raising awareness about the risk factors and steps people can take to protect themselves is the best way people can help eradicate the disease. MTI’s core work in Liberia over the last ten years has focused on community health education.  You can help support our work to stop the spread.

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  • CDC Infographic: West Africa Ebola Outbreak

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 14, 2014

    Get quick facts on the Ebola outbreak in Africa at a glance with this informative graphic from the CDC. Check out our Ebola response page to learn more about what MTI is doing to stop the virus's spread. Donate to our Ebola response here.

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