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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.  

  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Anonymous

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 24, 2014

    A note of gratitude to you...

    One of our mobile dental clinics recently received this story from a patient who wished to remain anonymous:

    My tooth (teeth) got so terrible that they had literally holes in them. I moved from [state withheld] with my 19-month-old baby to flee a life threatening domestic violence situation.  Now I am living at the Union Gospel Mission with my son and joined Saint Matthews Church.  While @ church I was told about Mobile dental clinic.  Not having dental insurance I jumped @ the opportunity.  I am thankful to God for the people who make this happen.

    Thank you for your compassion for neighbors who are truly in need.  Your generosity is changing lives.
  • Field Photo: Uganda/South Sudan Border

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 22, 2014
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    Say hello to our Uganda staff that is working in Adjumani on the border of Uganda and South Sudan.  They are helping to provide emergency health services for South Sudanese refugees. 

    Thank you for your support of our disaster relief programs!
  • Medical Success Story: Veronica

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 20, 2014

    We are so excited to share with you the success story of Veronica Beznos, a Moldovan child, who's life has been transformed by your generosity.

    Last year a group of MTI volunteers visited children and families in the poverty stricken village of Oxentea, Moldova. Their goal was to assist in the provision of sustainable infrastructure for community health and therapeutic training for the disabled through MTI’s Community Health Evangelism project.

    While in Oxentea, the team checked in on the Beznos family, recipients of MTI’s services thanks to donors like you. Mrs. Beznos - a mother of five - has struggled to properly support her family since the untimely and tragic death of her husband. To further complicate the situation, the youngest Beznos daughter, 6-year-old Veronica, had been in a tragic accident, rendering her physically disfigured and causing multiple brain injuries which severely affected her speech, hearing and mobility. Appropriate and timely medical care following the accident had not been possible due to limited financial resources within her family unit.

    In 2010, when MTI first met the Beznos family, Veronica was completely isolated and emotionally withdrawn. The accident had left her unable to communicate with peers or attend school.

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    Since then, MTI volunteers Dr. Darii and Mariana Socinschi have been working with Veronica to slowly rehabilitate her emotional status and physical health. In 2011, MTI brought Veronica to the capital city where she was able to undergo reconstructive surgery on a severely disfigured leg. This procedure provided Veronica the mobility she needed to attend a center for disabled children within her community.

    Your generous donations have provided Veronica the opportunity to reengage with society. Thank you!!

    Story by Krystal Foote
  • Safe Motherhood Success Story: Chalumène

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 19, 2014

    We are excited to share with you a story of how your gifts likely saved a life... or two!

    Chalumène Vernis lives in Ti Place, a locality of Crochu, Haiti. On February 21st, she delivered a beautiful baby girl safely thanks to your donations to our Community Health programs.

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    Medical Teams International's Haiti team creates emergency evacuation plans with communities in case of complications during community births. This baby was born safely as a result of training of the traditional birth attendant (TBA) by MTI and coordination among the community to execute the evacuation plan.

    Chalumène was in labor for a couple of hours when Lorinma, the TBA assisting her, noticed that she took too long to have her baby. He asked the family to transport her to the hospital. The neighbors contacted the local Ministries of Health to get an ambulance to come to the center of Crochu.

    Her neighbors took Chalumène on a makeshift stretcher to Noailles (about 3 hours of walk), a locality in the center of Crochu which is the farthest the ambulance could reach. Chalumène was then transported by ambulance to the hospital where she delivered safely with the assistance of an obstetrician.


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    Lorinma is grateful for the training he received that helped him identify the risk signs.  He says, "I used to keep women in labor for several days, now because of the training, I know I should refer them.  I know a woman should not spend two sunrises in labor."

     

    Thank you for your generous support of our Haiti programs! Join us in welcoming this beautiful baby into the world!

  • Disaster Update: Syrian War Enters 4th Year

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 18, 2014

    Thank you for your support of our Syrian refugee relief program.  Thanks to you, Syrian families in desperate need can receive care during this time of conflict and uncertainty.

    Your generous donations have shipped 10 Intra-Agency Emergency Health Kits and 10 major surgery kits to Lebanon - enough medical supplies to serve up to 100,000 refugees.  You have also sent a 40-foot container of medical supplies to provide for up to 25,000 refugees in Jordan.

    Yet the need continues to be great. The Syrian Civil War enters its 4th year this month, and nearly 2.5 million displaced Syrians are enduring yet another harsh winter in refugee camps. Syrian refugees are without access to healthcare.  According to a recent report by UNICEF, 1.2 million Syrian children are refugees in need of humanitarian aid.

    If you haven't yet, watch our video that takes you inside the settlements of Syrian refugees where Medical Teams International is providing care.


    Thank you for your generosity and commitment to demonstrate the love of Christ to Syrian refugees in need. Your support sends these critical supplies to the most urgent situations around the world, where refugees are dependent on the generosity of people like you.

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