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  • Haiti Success Story: Jolette

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 01, 2014

    A note from Les Cayes, Haiti...

    Jolette, a 13 year old intelligent young girl, entered our clinic with her mother and a “Good Samaritan” who noticed them having difficulty getting a ride on a motorcycle taxi because Jolette was “not normal.” She needed surgery on her severely bowed legs when she was younger, but her family could not afford it. Jolette had performed well in school, making excellent grades and entertaining her classmates with her beaming personality. However, this past year, her mother could no longer afford to buy a uniform or pay school fees, so Jolette stayed at home while the mother tried to find work cleaning and selling items on the street. MTI's Advantage Program was able to arrange for surgery on Jolette’s legs and she is now receiving post-surgery care from the clinical staff. She is now walking with a walker and entered school again this past fall.



    We are grateful to Good Samaritans such as this man and YOU who have assisted the Medical Teams International Haiti Advantage Program to share the love of God!  Thank you for your generous support of our programs in Haiti.

    Story and photo by Dr. June Hanks.
  • Generous Girl Donates a Stove to a Guatemalan Family

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 29, 2014

    Yesterday, our Tigard REAL. LIFE. Exhibit received a visit from a very generous local girl!

    After visiting the exhibit with her nursing school class this winter, Oregon resident Stephanie Hartwig brought home several flyers about MTI's work to share with her family.  Her 7-year-old daughter Kylah was very interested in the material and decided she wanted to raise money for a ventilated stove to help a family in Guatemala.  For Christmas, Kylah requested that her family and friends donate a portion of what they would have spent on her presents to her stove fund.

    Kylah ended up raising $150 - even more than the $130 it costs to build a stove - and came in with her parents to personally donate!

    Kylah with her stove fund jar. 

    Fuel-efficient, ventilated stoves help reduce respiratory illness and improve the health and lives Guatemalan families.

    This traditional stove fills a home with smoke, making it difficult for children to breathe.


    A Guatemalan family with a new ventilated stove built by MTI volunteers.

    Thank you to Kylah and all of our donors who time and again generously demonstrate the love of Christ to all people in need!  

    Visit our REAL. LIFE. Exhibit to experience firsthand what it's like to live in a Guatemalan community where children die easily from preventable diseases.

  • Disaster Response: Delivering Supplies after Devastating WA Mudslide

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 28, 2014

    Today MTI staff delivered hygiene supply kits to impacted families as well as rescue workers and volunteers who have been working nonstop since the March 22 mudslide that devastated the small community of Oso, Washington, destroying homes and lives.

    We delivered over 300 kits of donated supplies at the request of Snohomish County Emergency Response.  The supplies, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and soap, were assembled by MTI staff and volunteers.

    MTI's Corbin Walker drops off hygiene supplies to busy rescue workers at a school in Arlington, about 10 miles from the disaster area.


    Medical Teams International is not accepting cash donations for this relief effort, but if you are interested in donating supplies, we are accepting hygiene kits.

    Please join us in praying for those impacted by this horrific disaster. 

  • Field Photos: South Sudan Refugee Relief in Uganda

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 27, 2014
    Medical Teams International volunteer Dr. Jon Bird shares photos from Adjumani, Uganda, where we have medical teams caring for South Sudanese refugees.  



    Our Uganda staff that is working in Adjumani on the border of Uganda and South Sudan.

    Refugee mother & child.

    South Sudanese refugee mother & child.

    Dr. Jon Bird, MD and Carol Caudle, RN care for a child.

    Thank you for your support of our Worldwide Disaster Response programs - only with your donations can we respond quickly to care for people impacted by disaster & conflict. 
  • Partner Highlight: Dr. John Engle

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 26, 2014

    Assistant Professor and Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at Oregon Health and Science University Dr. John Engle is a big fan and supporter of Medical Teams International's Mobile Dental Program. In fact, Dr. Engle feels the value of the program, and its partnership with the school of dentistry, is best described in not one, but three key parts.

    First and foremost he openly discussed the value of the program, specifically for children, by serving as an excellent and practical resource for dental care. If a parent has to take time off of work to drive their child to and from a dentist office miles away from their home, school or work, the likelihood that they will do so is significantly decreased. To meet this need, the Mobile Dental Clinic brings dentists directly to the children while they are at school eliminating a major obstacle in pediatric oral health and providing a continuity of care for repeat patients.



    Second, the Mobile Dental Program is an excellent training tool for the students of Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

    “The dental van is our go-to outlet for training,” said Dr. Engle.

    “Providing pediatric procedures in an educational setting is challenging. Our dental students receive about 70% of their pediatric clinical experience through the Mobile Dental Program.”

    Finally, the Mobile Dental Program serves as a vehicle for philanthropic involvement for the students within the dentistry program at OHSU. Dr. Engle hopes that through their involvement with the Mobile Dental Program, a seed will have been planted that will inspire volunteerism throughout their professional careers.

    “The value of the Mobile Dental Program to the school of dentistry is to provide clinical experience and a philanthropic outlet for our students and residents, while at the same time helping to meet a critical need in the community,” said Engle.

    Additionally, Dr. Engle briefly touched on the cost-savings benefits of the Mobile Dental Program to the hospitals. Dr. Engle estimated that about 30% of Emergency Room visits in Oregon, especially amongst adults, are dental related emergencies. With an average Emergency Room bill reaching over $600, many of which are left unpaid, the Mobile Dental Program provides both savings for the hospitals and excellent dental care for those in need.

    “It really is a neat relationship,” said Dr. Engle. “If the program ceased to exist, I don’t know what we’d do.”

    Story by Krystal Foote

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