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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.  

  • Field Report: Preventative Care for Local Children

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 06, 2014
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    Last week was busy for our Oral Health Instruction presenters, as Medical Teams International visited four elementary schools in the Evergreen School District, educating over 400 children. With the majority of the presentations being to 1st grade classes, this was the first time many of the children were exposed to formal dentistry education. We discovered that several children lacked basic knowledge of proper oral care, so it was new information to many.

    With the help of Roo, our dentistry kangaroo puppet, we were able to demonstrate the proper way to brush teeth, with emphasis on how many times a day and for how long. Roo was a hit, and after each presentation there were a number of requests to practice proper brushing of his teeth. To help keep the audiences’ attention, visual aids such a coke bottle drained of its soda and refilled with the amount of sugar it contains, and equipment used to clean teeth at a dental office. Audience participation was used as to demonstrate the importance of flossing, as we asked for volunteers to be pretend teeth by standing next to each other. We wedged tennis balls between them to be pretend sugar and cavity bugs, and used a jump rope to “floss” the excess sugar we were unable to get just by brushing. The children loved the demonstration and giggled as the tennis balls fell to the floor.

    Without question, there was a need for this type of preventative education at the schools we visited. The children were quick to ask questions such as “why do my teeth fall out?” and “where can I buy floss?” After the classes we were able to distribute dental Kits, which contained a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste. The children were extremely excited to receive the gifts, and eager to share their newfound knowledge with their brothers and sisters at home.

    This was also a good way to introduce ourselves to these schools, as we feel that there is a need to schedule the dental van with them in the future. We look forward to other presentations scheduled in April. We feel encouraged by the success of these clinics, and look forward to scheduling many more in the future.

    Story by Tim Schneider

  • Field Photo: Mother Counselor in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 05, 2014
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    Here is a recent photo from Guatemala of a mother counselor sharing the knowledge gained from Medical Teams International at the household level.

    Thank you for the difference you are making around the world!

  • Field Photo: Congolese Refugee Infant in Nakivale

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 05, 2014
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    Just a few weeks ago, this precious infant was born to mother Bashyitwe Shantali in SW Uganda, where we have ongoing medical services programs for Congolese refugees.

    The baby was named Susan after a volunteer who diagnosed the mother being in labor and not realizing it. The volunteer also discovered the mother happened to have Malaria.

    Your support directly impacts this little one and his mother! THANK YOU!!

  • HIV Prevention: Inter-Zonal Music Gala in SW Uganda

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 05, 2014

    We are excited to share with you a creative approach to HIV awareness implemented by MTI staff in Uganda a few months ago!  

    On November, 5th, MTI staff hosted an Inter-Zonal Music Gala competition at Kibengo H/CII, a health facility in SW Uganda.  The purpose of the event was to share information about HIV prevention, treatment and care.  Different choirs from churches in Ngarama, Kahirimbi and Kakoma came with creative songs about HIV awareness and competed with one another at the gala.  

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    A Choir from Kahirimbi Performs a Song about HIV Prevention
     
    The competition was an easy way to attract youth in the area, who were drawn by the music.  The idea is that the simple songs about HIV prevention will stick with the audience, and the messages will help change behavior.

    Over 2,000 local youth attended the event!  What a breakthrough way to reach a large number of young people with messages about HIV prevention and awareness.

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    Public Health Nurse Hakim Kalungi Shares Info on HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Support

    Medical Teams International employs staff at 6 clinics in SW Uganda, and part of that work is HIV/AIDs care and awareness for youth. Your support of our Africa programs is helping to change a generation! Thank you!

    Photos by Opio Odongo
  • REAL. LIFE. Exhibit: A note of impact

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 01, 2014

    Recently a group of seven young people visited our REAL. LIFE. Exhibit in Tigard, along with their chaperones.  The Tigard Exhibit has vignettes showcasing eight regions where MTI volunteers are serving, including a Mexico garbage dump where people live and a Guatemalan community where children die from easily preventable illnesses.

    Among this group of youths, four were from Guatemala and two were from Mexico.  For these visitors, the impact of seeing their countries' vignettes was tremendous.  Their group leader wrote us, " when we walked into the new Guatemala exhibit...the teens looked at each other and said, “THIS is our Grandmother’s house. Exactly the same. We visited her last summer.”

    The Exhibit brings home the real need around the world. Share your feelings of impact by emailing us at exhibit@medicalteams.org


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