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

  • Field Highlight: Swane and Evelyn in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | May 03, 2014
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    Evelyn is a Trained Traditional Midwife from Kebede Clinic in Sinoe County, Liberia. She referred a small boy in her village with “running stomach” (diarrhea) to a clinic after learning that kids under five years of age need prompt treatment. It is easy for small children to quickly become dehydrated, making an easily treatable illness become serious and life-threatening. Luckily for this little boy, Evelyn was there and now he is playing with his siblings! 

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    S. Swane is a General Community Health Volunteer in Placekaine village near Seyon Town Clinic in Sinoe County, Liberia. After learning the important danger signs for children under five years old, he referred a two-year old with “hot skin” (fever) to a clinic.

    Thank you for your support of our safe motherhood program in Liberia and around the world.  Your generous donations provide this training that helps to save lives of children.  Thank you.
  • High School Class President Hosts Fundraiser for MTI

    by Katie Carroll | May 02, 2014

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    Hannah Lapp and MTI Volunteer Franny Heald at the Fundraiser

    Earlier this year, Beaverton High School's Health Careers class toured our REAL. LIFE. Exhibit in Tigard. The class is designed for students from other local high schools to attend; and Class President of Southridge High School Hannah Lapp was one of the students on the tour. She and her classmates were so inspired by the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit that they were moved to take action through Medical Teams International. "We were so touched when we went to visit the Real. Life. Exhibit that we wanted to help," said Hannah. They arranged a fundraiser on April 5th at a local pizzeria. The fundraiser was a book fair open to everyone in which 100% of proceeds benefited Medical Teams International.

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    The students raised nearly $400. Hannah says the objective of the fundraiser was to "purchase" one of everything in MTI's Gift Catalog in order to benefit as many of the world's most suffering as possible.

    We are so grateful to Hannah and the students of Beaverton HS's Health Careers class for their generosity and their commitment to come alongside us to rise, mobilize, and make a difference!  

  • Field Report: Prenatal Consultations in Crochu, Haiti

    by Katie Carroll | May 01, 2014

    In Crochu, Haiti, it is very challenging for pregnant women to go to prenatal consultations. They need to walk for several hours in the mountains to reach the main road where they can hire a motorcycle to go to the hospitals in Mirebalais (14.5 miles) or Saut d’Eau (7.5 miles), or to Marie Madeleine hospital (13.5 miles).

    Since February 2014, MTI is sensitizing the community about the importance of prenatal consultations. During the month of April, MTI coordinated with the Ministry of Health and a hospital of the district of Croix-des-Bouquets to offer prenatal consultations in Crochu.

    The first prenatal clinic was held on Wednesday 23rd of April in the little building offered by the community. The pregnant women seen in prenatal clinic were screened for HIV and Syphilis; they received immunizations shots against Tetanus and prenatal vitamins with two essential micronutrients: iron and folic acid. The nurse who saw them also discussed with them their babies’ birth plans.

    Thank you for your support of our Haiti programs, which makes these clinics possible.

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    Pregnant Women Waiting for Prenatal Consultation

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    Pregnant Woman During Her Prenatal Consultation

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    Pregnant Woman Receives Her Immunization Shots

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    Pregnant Women after Prenatal Consultation on the Way Home with Prenatal Vitamins and Essential Micronutrients

  • Field Highlight: Theresa in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 30, 2014
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    Theresa was trained by MTI to help each pregnant woman in her village put together a Birth Preparedness Kit. The idea behind the kit is to have clean clothes, extra money and a few supplies like soap and cloth packed up to be ready for when the baby comes. Theresa recently brought a woman from her village of Darbah to the clinic. This was the woman’s first baby, but because Theresa had encouraged her to be ready, she had her Birth Preparedness Kit. When the clinic referred the woman to the nearest hospital, she had the money ready to pay for the hour bus ride to Greenville. Theresa went with the woman and stayed for four days while she recovered from the complicated pregnancy. Together they traveled back to Darbah with the healthy, newborn baby boy!

    Your donations make this possible.  In Liberia, there are fewer than 200 doctors for the entire country, who's population in 2012 was 4.2 million.  Your generosity provides medical care to a country that is in desperate need.  THANK YOU!

  • Disaster Update: Mobilizing Supplies for Victims of Deadly Tornadoes

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 28, 2014

    Medical Teams International is coordinating with the Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas to assist in disaster response for the deadly tornadoes that killed at least 16 on April 27th.  Mosaic Church has requested health and hygiene kits for those impacted by this devastating disaster.  We are currently mobilizing supplies for victims of the tornadoes and preparing to send as many as 500 kits.

    “These kits will assist the community as they try to recover from the impact of these devastating tornadoes,” says Joe DiCarlo, MTI’s Vice President of Programs. “We continue to pray for families that have lost their homes and loved ones and all involved in the rescue efforts on the ground.”

     While Medical Teams International is not accepting cash donations for this relief effort, if you are interested in donating supplies, we are accepting hygiene kits.

    Please join us in praying for those affected by the tornadoes.  Thank you for supporting our disaster response program, which allows us to be ready to respond quickly and effectively when a disaster strikes.  



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