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  • Guatemalan Success Story: Your gifts of medical supplies!

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 23, 2014

    Today we share with you a story of how you helped a suffering baby in Chicamán, Guatemala. Thanks to you, medical supplies arrived at this very rural location just in time!

    Just recently, a mother made the 2.5 hour trek down the mountain from her small community village called Belaju to the health center in Chicamán. Her eight month old baby boy was seriously ill.

    The little baby was suffering from painful and complicated pneumonia. He struggled to breathe; his mother was terrified. In the small, one table emergency room, the staff realized this child desperately needed a nebulizer- a medical device which sprays medicine as mist into the lungs. The staff thought helplessly how a nebulizer would immediately help this child in urgent need; but unfortunately, the hospital did not have one.

    Without the equipment he desperately needed, the baby and his mother faced an even longer journey to a hospital in another town.

    Incredibly, a large shipment of medical supplies that you provided had just arrived at this Chicamán health center. Staff happened to open a box that contained a nebulizer and decided it should be placed in the emergency room. The nurses in the ER couldn't believe their eyes when the nebulizer arrived at just exactly the right time! They immediately placed the boy on the nebulizer. After several hours, he had improved. He was treated further and released home.

    Nurses Nestor and Clarita hold the nebulizer that you sent, which probably saved this baby's life.


    Thanks to you, MTI was able to ship just the right medical equipment to this rural health center - and just in time!

    While reducing household smoke through ventilated stoves (which MTI teams build) is the best way to prevent respiratory problems in Guatemalan children, it is also critical for health centers to have supplies that will help heal the children who are already impacted.

    Thank you for helping to save this little baby!

    Reporting by Doug Fountain

  • Ebola Outbreak: Photos from the Frontlines

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 22, 2014

    We recently received several photos from our Ebola response team of MTI working alongside staff at the ELWA Hospital isolation unit in Monrovia, Liberia. Pictured is our U.S. volunteer Dr. Alan Jamison, who is covered in white protective gear.




    Liberian nurses have been putting in long hours supporting the doctors working in the isolation unit. The community is providing lunch everyday for those who work in the isolation unit because no one can leave to get food during the 12 hour shifts.  Pictured here are three nurses taking a needed break.



    You are helping prevent the spread of this horrible virus. Thank you for your continued donations to help contain the Ebola epidemic.

  • Liberia Success Story: Viola & Emmanuel

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 22, 2014

    Today we are so pleased to share with you a story of how your donations saved a baby boy's life. Thank you for your incredible generosity!

    When 36-year old Viola living in Nitreen, the Traditional Trained Midwive (TTM) in Sinoe County, Liberia knew what to do. Thanks to you, she was trained by MTI to identify danger signs in pregnancy as part of our Safe Motherhood project. She saw that Viola was in trouble, and referred her to a local health facility. After eight hours of labor - and no progress - Viola's nurse transported her to a local hospital. There, she gave birth to her son Emmanuel. Thanks to you, both mother and child are doing well and able to go home!

    Viola & Emmanuel

    If Viola had not been referred to the health facility by the midwife that you trained - Viola and her son would almost certainly have died.


    You are saving lives! Thank you!

  • South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda: Meet Susan

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 15, 2014

    Susan with one of the children at her refugee settlement.

    Thank you for your incredible generosity to the people of South Sudan. Our teams continue to provide medical care for South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda. Susan is one of the people you are helping.

    Susan is twenty-three years old. A little over a month ago, the fighting in her hometown of Boro, South Sudan got to be unbearable. She and her friends had no choice but to flee the violence and leave their lives behind. On the run for five days, they were picked up by a UNHCR vehicle and taken first to a transit center in Juba and then to Adjumani, where they are now. Both of her parents have died, and she is staying with her friends at the refugee camp. There are fifteen people living in the house.

    UNHCR has given them one month's supply of food, but they are still living without many basic necessities. She owns almost nothing and sleeps in awful conditions. Susan is helping to care for children in her house. They would go to school, but at 4km away, it's too far to walk.

    Says Susan, "One day, God knows, we will be fine." Thank you for helping demonstrate the love of Christ to Susan and people like her who are in desperate need. You are impacting more people than you could ever know. Thank you!

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  • PHOTOS: MTI Teams on the Ground, Fighting Ebola Epidemic

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 09, 2014

    We have just received some photos from our Ebola response teams, battling the spread of this deadly virus in Liberia. Thank you for your donations to our disaster relief programs. We could not provide care without you.

    MTI volunteers distribute supplies brought by bag (such as gloves, personal protective equipment, and lab supplies) to Grand Cape Mount County health department.


    ebola-response-coordination-MTI George Kaine, MTI response coordinator, speaks to MTI staff & volunteers and the Grand Cape Mount County Health Department at a meeting to coordinate community-based Ebola response.


    MTI Volunteer Alan Jamison gives Ebola prevention and awareness training to MTI staff and interested community members.


    A visit to a possible isolation unit in Grand Cape Mount County identified by Health Department and community. MTI will help in the plans and set up of the isolation unit to be used to care for confirmed and suspected cases. 

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