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

  • Field Highlight: Elizabeth in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 17, 2014
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    Elizabeth is a Trained Traditional Midwife (TTM) from Saywanken village near Tubmanville Clinic in Sinoe County, Liberia.  She said before Medical Teams International came to provide education and support, delivering babies was very dangerous. “Since my Mama born me, the woman all give birth behind the bush. Now MTI here, we learned and are coming to the clinic.”

    Elizabeth received a training to look for danger signs in pregnancy. Last week she noticed a pregnant woman with bleeding. She referred her to the clinic in Tubmanville. The woman is now she is being watched by healthcare professionals and has a much higher chance of having a healthy baby and remaining a healthy mother. Elizabeth said, “I thank God for MTI to come here. I like it too much.”

    Thank you for your selfless support of our community health and safe motherhood programs.  You are providing this training, which helps save lives!

  • Local Giving Events on May 6th!

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 16, 2014


    Did you know that May 6th is a special day devoted to charities that are making a difference in our own neighborhoods?  Give Local Portland and Give Big (Seattle Foundation) are two one-day, online giving events on May 6th that benefit non-profits like MTI who are making a difference right in our backyards!  

    As you know, Medical Teams International provides desperately-needed emergency dental care to local low-income adults and children in the United States - particularly the Pacific Northwest.  We also provide preventative dental health programs for children here. 

    It would be incredible if you are able spread the word about these ONE-DAY events to your friends, family, and colleagues.  You will be helping us not only raise awareness of our local programs but also raise funds to care for those who most need it.

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    We are extremely grateful for your support.  And the people in your neighborhood who you are helping want to thank you for your kindness and generosity!  Check out these notes from children who are benefiting from our OR & WA preventative health presentations, and see more of their notes here.

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    "Thank you for teaching about flossing."

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    "I learned that brushing my teeth and flossing are very important because it takes all the germs out of my teeth and helps me live longer and protects it a lot.  Thank you, Tim & Cathy"

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    "Thank you, Tim and Cathy. I learned to floss every day.  I love you guys."
  • Field Photos: Maternal & Child Health in Haiti

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 15, 2014
    Check out these snapshots of your gifts in action!  These photos are different types of training MTI holds in Crochu, Haiti.  You make this training possible!  The information shared helps prevent illness and even death for mothers and children in Haiti.  Thank you!

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    Women in Mothers Club role play Counselling a pregnant woman about prenatal consultation.

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    Women in Mothers Club learn about the importance of prenatal consultation such as when & where to go, how often, and what services are offered.

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    Health committee members in Crochu Haiti learn about danger signs to look for during pregnancy. The materials they are reviewing show symptoms that warrant immediate trips to the clinic.

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    Traditional Birth Attendants practice hand washing to help prevent infection transmission during delivery. 

  • Disaster Update: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 11, 2014

    Medical Teams International has been involved in a West African region-wide epidemic of Ebola (hemorrhagic fevor). The outbreak started in a fairly remote area in Guinea, but quickly spread to parts of Liberia. Although most of the cases have been contained within Guinea and Liberia, there have been suspected cases in areas as far as Mali and Sierra Leone. MTI has been monitoring the situation and supporting health workers in Bong County near the epicenter of the epidemic as well as general support for Liberia’s Ministry of Health. “A dangerous situation like this takes a lot of coordination and careful education of the public,” says Country Director, Andrew Hoskins.

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    Health workers at Zowinta, one of the clinics in the effected area of Bong County where MTI is providing support.

     

     MTI’s support has included:

    • Education: Coordinating a training for health workers to have general knowledge of Ebola, how to quickly triage patients to determine who needs urgent attention, what to do with suspected cases, and most importantly how to protect yourself from contracting the disease.
    • Purchasing Supplies:
      • Protective supplies (gloves, masks, etc…)
      • Infection prevention materials (bleach, sanitizers, soap, etc…)
      • Laboratory equipment for sample transport (syringes, sample containers, test tubes, etc…)
    • Communication: Helping with communication of the current situation from the central level (capital city) to the ground level where we are working.
    • Transportation:  Using MTI vehicles and motorcycles to transport rapid response teams and surveillance teams.
    Bloomberg News reports that this is "Africa’s biggest Ebola outbreak in seven years."

    Said Laurent Duvillier, a Unicef spokesman, “risk of international spread should be taken seriously.”

    Please be join us in praying for those impacted by this terrible virus and that its spread will be contained. Pray for protection of MTI staff as they continue their work in Liberia.

    We are so grateful for your support of our programs, which enable us to be ready to react when disasters strike.
  • Update: International Women's Day Award

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 10, 2014

    Last month, Medical Teams International shared the story of Marie Yolaine Occéan, who became the first mother in her locality of Crochu, Haiti to exclusively breastfeed her child for six months. As a result of her commitment to breastfeeding and her child's health, MTI Haiti and the local health committee presented her with an outstanding award on International Women's Day!

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    Marie with her Award
     
    Marie spoke at our celebration, sharing that she she was happy to receive the award and that she encourages mothers to breastfeed their babies.

    MTI programs encouraged her to breastfeed. Some of her community urged her to introduce banana flour so the baby would get used to food. They also suggested she would get too skinny if she breastfed. Once she hit six months, her friends said the baby would certainly not eat food at this point.

    However, Marie stuck with it! She shares that her baby has not become sick during that time. She had noticed that when other mother's gave food early, the children would get sick with diarrhea. Marie has two older children who she did not exclusively breastfeed, and she notes it has also helped with bonding.

    Now MTI is helping Marie learn about introducing food appropriately to continue to have a happy, healthy baby!

    Thank you for your support of our maternal & child health programs in Haiti!  You are truly improving the health and lives of people in need and empowering them!

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