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  • Field Highlight: Oretha in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | May 05, 2014

    Thanks to you, a pregnant woman and her newborn are alive today.

    Oretha is head of Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs) in Kilo Town Clinic area in Sinoe County, Liberia. A pregnant woman she was monitoring was exhibiting danger signs - signs Oretha was able to recognize, thanks to your generous donations to our safe motherhood programs. Oretha encouraged the woman to deliver at a clinic. However, the woman lived 5 hours away from the clinic by foot so she was extremely reluctant. Fortunately, your generosity saved her life. Relying on her training, Oretha continued to press the woman, which saved her and her child's life.The woman became anemic during delivery and needed special care that only the nursing staff at the clinic could provide.  

    The nurse in charge at Kilo Town Clinic commented that before MTI came to train and support the TTMs in her area, the clinic was about to close. They were seeing 2-3 patient visits per month, no deliveries and no women coming for pre-natal visits. Now - thanks to you - they are seeing more per day than they used to see in a month. The TTMs are referring mothers and children to the clinic every day. Oretha said, “Now we tell our people, only give [breast milk] to the baby. Big belly woman (pregnant women) and children zero to five years old need to sleep under mosquito net [to prevent malaria].”

    Because of you, Liberians are receiving care necessary to saving lives of women and children.  This would not happen without your generosity and compassion.  Thank you!

  • Success Story: Young Woman Builds her Family a Latrine

    by Katie Carroll | May 04, 2014

    Mimose is a student at the school Institution Henriette St Marc of Démier in Crochu, Haiti. The Institution Henriette St Marc of Démier is one of the schools in Crochu enrolled in cholera prevention with Medical Teams International.

    Thanks to your generous donations, MTI was able to train the teachers in cholera prevention and awareness to help stop the spread of this debilitating bacteria.  Your gifts also provided education materials for the teachers to conduct sessions for the students.

    Mimose, whose family did not have a latrine, attended an education session on how cholera is transmitted. Afterwards, she decided to convince her mother to take all necessary precautions to protect the family against cholera. 

    Because the training your gifts provided was so effective, Mimose was persistent with her family.  After several months, Mimose's mother agreed to build a latrine. Mother and daughter are very proud of their commitment to health.  They are committed to encouraging other families in their neighborhood to also build latrines - and help stop cholera before it can kill.

    Your incredible generosity is truly empowering families to stop cholera in its tracks. Thank you for your compassion.

    Mimose and her mother during the latrine's construction.

    Mimose by her finished latrine!

     Story and photos by Joanne V. St. Louis, MD, PH
  • Field Highlight: Swane and Evelyn in Liberia

    by Katie Carroll | May 03, 2014

    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! 


    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

    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.



    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.

    Pregnant Women Waiting for Prenatal Consultation

    Pregnant Woman During Her Prenatal Consultation

    Pregnant Woman Receives Her Immunization Shots

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

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