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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 Photo: Mother Counselor in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 05, 2014

    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
    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.  

    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.

    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

  • Field Report: Bringing Smiles to Children at a Local Elementary

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 01, 2014

    This week, one of our Mobile Dental Clinics made a routine stop at a Parklane Elementary school in Portland, Oregon. Throughout the year, this location serves hosts a clinic for its own students, as well as kids from neighboring elementary schools who arrive via bus. Most children who visit the clinic have such significant dental problems that follow-up appointments are required to address the critical needs at hand.

    Professor of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Paulson is an exclusive volunteer to this location working alongside the school’s Registered Nurse, Robin Lazuran, and with the assistance of four senior dental school students. In the days leading up to the clinic, Robin provides the initial assessment and places the children on a wait list based on priority. The first to be seen are those in significant dental pain, then obvious multiple cavities, and so forth. The majority of the children treated come from low income families who are not receiving assistance elsewhere or are undocumented citizens.

    It’s not uncommon for children to show up at the Mobile Dental Clinic scared and reluctant to receive treatment. Within a matter of minutes, Dr. Paulson changes the mood with his big smile and playful banter. Like a magnet, the kids are drawn to him and his staff, and a once fearful event becomes a positive experience setting the stage for ongoing successful dental care. Pediatric patients of the Mobile Dental Clinic are not only treated for severe and often complicated dental problems, but are offered dental cleanings and education around oral hygiene in hopes of decreasing future problems through effective prevention.

    “Here you go, you can even pick two,” said Dr. Paulson as he held out the prize box to one successful patient.

    “Oh, and don’t forget this!” he said as he placed a small package of dental floss into the child’s tiny hand.

    “Hey thanks!” the young patient replied with a grin.



    Despite dramatic improvements in medical care for children in the area, the Mobile Dental Program continues to address an unmet need for dental care, successfully filling in gaps in service one smile at a time.

    We are so thankful for our volunteers and donors - you are putting smiles on the faces of children in your own neighborhoods!

    Story & Photo by: Krystal Foote

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