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Medical Teams International | Official Blog

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

  • MTI Ebola Response Receives Much-Needed Boost

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 18, 2014

    We are grateful to share news that Paul G. Allen’s #TackleEbola campaign has chosen to partner with Medical Teams International. This partnership comes as a blessing to our teams in Liberia, who are on the front lines battling the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

    The support from this partnership will provide our Liberian staff with critical infrastructure such as housing and transportation. Mr. Allen’s funding will ensure that our local staff is adequately equipped to continue their focus on stopping the spread of this horrific virus.

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    MTI Staff assess a Liberian clinic and provide counselling on Ebola prevention.

    This gift comes at a critical time in Liberia. Over 2,400 people have already died from the virus, and responders are becoming overwhelmed. Mr. Allen shared, “if support for on-the-ground health workers is not met, Ebola will continue to ravage West Africa. These courageous, selfless volunteers are the front line of defense in tackling Ebola, and we must do all we can to give them the tools to win this battle to prevent further spread of the virus.”

    As you know, MTI has been on the ground responding since the start of the Ebola epidemic and is playing a leading role among NGOs in Liberia to prevent the virus’s spread. We continue to work with the Ministry of Health and local health groups on community prevention activities, primarily training and educating community health workers. Additionally, our teams have focused on tracing contacts, investigating cases and providing preventative trainings for 250 Liberian health clinics.

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    Providing training to Community Health Volunteers on Ebola facts and prevention.

    MTI President & CEO Jeff Pinneo expresses our gratitude for Mr. Allen’s gift: “we’ve been deeply engaged in Liberia for the past 10 years, building relationships and providing health programming to local communities. By partnering with the Paul G. Allen Foundation, we’re able to enhance our efforts to help lead the fight of responding this deadly disease.”

    While this gift from Mr. Allen is a true blessing, our teams still desperately need your help to combat this Ebola epidemic, which is the worst the world has ever seen. The virus continues to grow exponentially. Liberian families need your help.

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    Your gift today will make a difference. Thank you and God bless you for your compassion for those in desperate need.

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    A Shipment of Personal Protective Equipment kits (PPEs), gloves, and body bags bound for Liberia in MTI's Distribution Center
  • Field Photos: Ebola Response Teams

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 17, 2014

    Thank you for your support of our Ebola response program in Liberia. Here are some photos from Monday of your gifts in action! Thank you!

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    Community Health Volunteers in Grand Cape Mount County receive shipments of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), gloves, hand sanitizer, and more.

     

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    Assessing the shipment of much needed equipment & supplies.

     

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    Training Community Health Volunteers

     

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    Community Health Volunteers with educational packets about Ebola prevention.

     

    You can continue to fight the spread of this deadly virus.  Donate at MedicalTeams.org/Ebola.  
  • Mobile Dental Success Story: A Second Chance

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 17, 2014

    We recently received a letter from a young woman who received care at a mobile dental van thanks to your donations. She wished to remain anonymous, but she wanted to share her gratitude to you for your selfless gifts. Here is the story of "Ann."

    Only in her twenties, Ann lost her job and therefore became homeless and without health insurance. For a year and a half, Ann struggled to make ends meet. As her life became more unmanageable, Ann neglected her dental care.

    Slowly Ann was able to piece her life back together. She found a job, which she is extremely grateful for. Her job provides her income and a place to live, but unfortunately does not offer health insurance.

    For nearly two years, Ann desperately sought care for her teeth. She was in excruciating pain, which made it difficult for her to feel motivated at the job she worked so hard for. Plus, she knew her dental problems were causing bad breath, which also made it embarrassing and uncomfortable to speak with others at her job. At just 31 years old, Ann was facing dentures.

    Thanks to you, Ann is no longer in terrible pain and suffering low self esteem! Your donations to MTI's mobile dental program have transformed her life. With successful dental treatment, she now goes to her new job with confidence and enthusiasm to work hard.

    In Ann's words: "I am extremely encouraged by the visits I have been blessed with. I am truly grateful and appreciative...I would like to thank everyone involved with making the mobile dental van an available resource for people who have no other options and for making it a reality for second chances. God bless you and thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of those who have also received dental care from the mobile dental van... but may not know how to voice their gratitude."

    Thank you for supporting our mobile dental program. You are truly changing lives!

  • Field Report: Maternal Health Training in Crochu, Haiti

    by Kristin Simpson | Sep 16, 2014
    Your gifts are truly transforming lives in Crochu, Haiti and around the world! Check out these photos we just received from the field of your gifts in action!

    Thanks to your donations to our Haiti programs, Medical Teams International recently was able to train community volunteers on the importance of maternal health nutrition.

    Local volunteers and staff came together to discuss the benefits of a healthy diet for pregnant women. They talked about the benefits of iron and vitamin supplementation for expectant mothers and learned what foods are packed with the most nutrients.

    Because of you, community volunteers are educated and able to share their knowledge to help make sure little babies will be born healthy and strong.

    Thank you for your support of our Haiti programs, which makes this training possible.


    A pregnant woman learning about maternal health.


    Community members discussing proper maternal health and nutrition.


    MTI staff and volunteers training local members of the community.


    Expectant mothers learning about the benefits of a healthy diet.
  • Cambodia Success Story: Mork

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 15, 2014

    When Mork gave birth to her first child in a clinic Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, everything seemed perfect. She welcomed a healthy, 9lb little boy. Mork was thrilled: "I and my husband were really happy after we got one son."

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    Mork and her son

     

    After the birth, things quickly took a turn for the worse for Mork. She began to hemorrhage, badly. The doctors and midwives at the clinic implemented many measures to help her, but her condition continued to worsen. Her blood pressure dropped, and she lost consciousness. Mork needed to go to a hospital.

    Thanks to your generous donations, the doctors at the clinic had Non-pneumatic Anti-shock Garments (NASGs), simple medical garments that reverse shock - helping to keep women alive until they can receive the help they need. Mork was wrapped in an NASG and transferred to a hospital, where she was successfully treated.

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    The midwives at the hospital

     

    If not for your donations, Mork would not have survived. Mork is overcome with emotion and gratitude when recounting her story. She says through tears, "I could not believe that I am still alive and stay with my lovely son and my husband."

    Thank you for your life-saving donations!

    You can continue to support our maternal & child health programs through our Survive to Five and Beyond! campaign. Did you know every year, 287,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth? Every $2.35 helps save one mother & child - just like Mork! Thank you for your compassion.


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