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

  • Update on MTI’s Ebola Response

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 31, 2014

    Reports from West Africa are alarming. The Ebola epidemic is unprecedented, the deadliest outbreak in history with over 660 deaths.

    After the recent news of two American aid workers becoming infected with the virus, we wanted to provide you with an update on our ongoing Ebola response efforts in Liberia.

    Yesterday, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued a special statement on efforts to combat the spread. As international borders close, our U.S. volunteer doctor has returned. Additionally, our partner ELWA hospital in Monrovia is no longer accepting patients so we have put our surge capacity response on hold, eliminating the need for U.S.-based volunteer teams at this time.

    MTI strives to make the greatest impact possible for those in urgent need, and our core work in Liberia is centered on community health education. As such, our Ebola response continues to be focused on providing virus-transmission education though mobilization of our community health volunteers. We continue to provide education, materials, supplies, and training on preventing the virus’s spread throughout Grand Cape Mount County. We are also providing training and education of health workers on the basics of Ebola and how to protect themselves from infection.

    Community messaging of community health workers is seen by the Ministry of Health and the international community as the best way to attack the spread of Ebola.

    MTI’s disaster response teams hold daily meetings with our Liberian staff and continue to be in constant communication. However, information from the field changes hourly. Our field staff continues to assess the situation, meeting with other NGOs and the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. We will determine our next steps based on latest information.

    Please pray for those affected by this horrible disease.

    Donate to our Ebola response.

    For all media requests, please reach out to our Media Relations team at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. They can be reached at 503-443-7446 or

  • Field Update: MTI Volunteer Teams Helping Typhoon Recovery

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 30, 2014

    Today we wanted to share with you some photos from the field of our latest volunteer teams in the Philippines. After the devastating storm last November, you blessed typhoon victims with an outpouring of generosity. In addition to providing immediate emergency medical care, your gifts are also working to rebuild.

    This week, volunteers from our partner Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) arrived in Tacloban City to provide EMS/EMT Basic Training to three local fire departments. Also known as First Responder Training, the training will help rebuild the local infrastructure and capacity to respond to future disasters. Thank you for your incredible compassion and generosity. You are helping to save lives of future generations!



    MTI Volunteer providing training



    MTI & Bureau of Fire Protection



    First Responder Training


  • Refugee Success Story: Shalom in SW Uganda

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 29, 2014

    Thank you for your generous donations to our program in Southwest Uganda, where we are providing medical care to Congolese refugees. Meet one of the families that you are directly helping!

    Introducing 30-year-old Shalom. Shalom is mother to 10-month-old daughter Lydia. The pair live in Kabahinda Village in Nakivale settlement. When she came to the refugee camp, Lydia was very ill, suffering from malnutrition. Her mother was extremely distraught.

    Shalom & her daughter Lydia


    Thanks to your generous donations, Lydia is receiving nutrition food supplements that helped her become healthy again! Shalom is overcome with gratitude when she shares her story. Through tears she says, "before receiving the supplements, my daughter was in a sorry state. I am very thankful...."

    Thank you for your selfless gifts, which are helping this little baby girl thrive! We are so grateful for your compassion.

  • Field Highlight: Meet Ofelia in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 28, 2014

    Meet Ofelia! Ofelia is a Mother Counselor in Guatemala.

    Ofelia (27) lives in the community of Sehaquibá, an hour and a half from Cobán. She began serving as a MTI volunteer after the death of her mother Magdalena, who was a Mother Counselor herself. Ofelia has now been volunteering with MTI for over two and a half years and has ten families in her care. Each month she meets with the mothers of these families to share the health education she receives through MTI. Ofelia is enthusiastic and enjoys her work because she loves seeing the families healthy. Since the death of her mother, Ofelia has taken on the role of mother within her family to care for her six younger brothers and sisters.



    Prior to volunteering as a Mother Counselor, Ofelia said that she was not well known within her community and that she was unfamiliar with health practices important in the care of children under 5, pregnant women, and lactating mothers, and was not involved in the work of community health workers in her community. Since taking on the role of Mother Counselor, Ofelia said she is now well recognized in her community for her strong leadership and involvement in MTI’s activities. She is now familiar with a variety of health themes related to the prevention of childhood illnesses and childhood mortality, and she said she applies all of this knowledge within the care of her own family members.

    Ofelia said that her family no longer suffers from respiratory illnesses since they received a stove through MTI, and that this has helped families throughout the community to lower their outgo for medicines and fuel for preparing their meals.

    Prior to the involvement of MTI in her community, Ofelia said that families were not worried about their hygiene practices around their homes and that since they did not have latrines these poor hygiene practices caused a number of illnesses such as diarrhea. Ofelia noted that thanks to the support of Medical Teams International, all families in her community have latrines, practice better hygiene, and the children are healthy and growing well.

    Ofelia said families practice good hygiene as a result of being given health education on this as well as topics such as care for children under 5, hand-washing, supplementary feeding, danger signs of pneumonia, diarrhea, prenatal and postnatal check-ups, and family planning.

    Thank you for donating to our Community Health programs! Your gifts directly touch families in Guatemala, improving their health and lives. Thank you!

    Story by Brittn Grey
  • MTI Instrumental in Cross-Border Ebola Prevention Meetings

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 25, 2014

    As reports, MTI and our partner the Grand Cape Mount County Health Team in Liberia have reached an agreement with health authorities in Sierra Leone to hold cross-border Ebola prevention meetings in the interest of both countries.

    The purpose of the meetings is to save lives of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans.

    Education of citizens is a critical piece of the action plan to save lives: understanding how the deadly Ebola virus is transmitted is the most effective way to prevent its spread.


    Thank you for your donations to our Ebola response. Your gifts are serving on the front lines RIGHT NOW, helping doctors in the ELWA isolation unit in Monrovia and getting the word out to terrified Liberian citizens. Please continue to help save lives. Donate today.

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