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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.  

  • Cambodia Success Story: EMS & Medical Supplies

    by Katie Carroll | Apr 02, 2014

    In the aftermath of a traffic accident, first aid can mean the difference between life and death. But in poorer countries, many frontline services lack basic medicines and supplies.

    Mr. Vorng Sokveng is an ambulance staff member at Chamkar Leu hospital in Cambodia and had participated in the EMT-Basic Training that MTI conducted.  Sokveng was very glad for your support when police called his ambulance to the scene of a double motorcycle crash. Sokveng relied on both emergency training and medical equipment provided by gifts like yours. 

    Sokveng drove the ambulance with his assistant and arrived quickly to the scene. There, he assessed that one patient had severe facial injuries and the other had a minor injury. Working efficiently, Sokveng helped stabilize the spine of the severely injured patient, fitting a cervical collar and helping him onto a backboard - both supplied by your donations to MTI!  Vorng was also grateful for the gloves that he received from MTI, so that he can perform his work with little fear of being infected.  

    Training provided through gifts like yours helped Vorng not only offer expert treatment, but carefully contain the gathering crowd, clearing the space he needed to provide urgent care. 

    Emergency Medical Services Training in Cambodia

    Thank you for your support of both our EMS program and our medical supplies program. Your gifts are truly making a difference - every $1 provides an astounding $83 worth of medical supplies that can save lives!
  • 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. 

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