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  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Curtis

    by Katie Carroll | Feb 28, 2014


    A recent referral from his inpatient recovery program prompted 26-year-old Curtis to reach out and visit his local Mobile Dental Clinic. For much of his life, a combination of dental anxiety and lack of insurance prevented Curtis from receiving adequate oral care. Sometimes he struggles to sleep at night because the pain in his mouth is so intense. Tooth sensitivities to food and beverage temperatures have made eating meals almost intolerable. While at the Mobile Dental Clinic, a volunteer dentist reviewed and treated an excruciatingly painful cavity, which provided Curtis with hope for relief from years of pain. Now, Curtis looks forward to completing his inpatient program, finding a meaningful job, and, last but not least, getting his oral health back on track with the help of MTI’s Mobile Dental Program.

    Thank you for supporting our programs and for providing relief and hope to neighbors in desperate need!

  • Haiti Success Story: Baby Webster

    by Katie Carroll | Feb 26, 2014

    During a home visit in the community of Dubédou, assistant program manager Miss Vilia and community volunteer supervisor M. Pasteur Lahence Dieucilien came across a startling but far too common sight. Three-year-old Webster was showing signs of severe malnutrition.

    The place where the family lived had noxious odors caused by a houangan (witch doctor) practicing in the home. Miss Vilia and Pasteur Lahence advised Webster’s mother and father to take him straight to the Haiti Foundation of Hope clinic in nearby Terre Blanche.

    After arriving at the Clinic, Webster was immediately placed in the Medika Mamba-Ready to Use Therapeutic Food program. After 10 days of therapeutic support the child was brought from near death to good health. Haiti Foundation of Hope will continue to monitor the health and development of Webster to ensure that he does not return to his previous nutritional state. The family will attend trainings on hygiene and will how to use locally available crops to properly nourish Webster.


    Your generous donations restore the health of children in Haiti! Thank you for supporting our Haiti and child nutrition programs!

  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Ahmed

    by Katie Carroll | Feb 21, 2014

    A note of gratitude to you...

    After successful treatment in one of our Mobile Dental Vans, Ahmed wrote a handwritten letter of thanks to you for the treatment he received.  


     The Land of Freedom Relief, Opportunity Kindness, Dream Hope

    I wish I could find a word better than "Thank You" to really help sum up and show how loved, appreciated, and cared for I feel with Medical Teams International!  I have never known of any medical team, or service to offer me their full attention- on the hour and off, 24/7.  Medical Teams treated me with royalty.  I wish to have an opportunity to pay you back, but I know that no matter what I do, it would never measure up to a percentage of what you have done for me!  I feel so blessed and so loved to have the honor of knowing Medical Teams.  

    Made with love.
    - Ahmed

    May God bless you and your family, the way you have blessed mine. Thank you.


  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Terry

    by Katie Carroll | Feb 21, 2014

    We are excited to share with you how your gifts are providing urgent dental care to a hardworking community member in urgent need.


    This week, our Mobile Dental Van partnered with Outside In – an organization established to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. The second patient of the day was 48-year-old Terry. While Terry is blessed with employment he, like many, has lived much of his adult life without medical and dental insurance. Terry was a clear reminder of how difficult it is to get help without insurance. In fact, Terry hadn't visited a dentist in over 20 years, creating significant problems with his oral health. Terry came to the Clinic seeking respite from an incredibly painful, oozing abscess along his molars. With open arms, our volunteer dentist treated Terry for the first time in over two decades!

    Said Terry: “This is top of the line care!”

    Thank you for helping relieve Terry from excruciating pain!
  • Field Photo: Guatemala Community Health

    by Katie Carroll | Feb 19, 2014

    Our colleague Angelica is training Madres Consejeras in Jumuc community in Chicaman as part of our Community Health Program in Guatemala. With a participative methodology they are learning about new born risk signs.

    Thank you for your generous support of our Latin America programs. You make this life-saving training possible!

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