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  • Watch: Seattle Channel's eye-opening piece on MTI's work in refugee camps.

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 03, 2014
    Step inside tents where volunteer MTI doctors treat endless streams of Congolese refugees seeking medical care.


  • Refugee Mother Success Story: Violeta

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 01, 2014

    As you know, MTI's work takes our volunteers and staff into some of the most difficult places in the world. Your gifts directly help some of the poorest people, fleeing their homes, which have been ravaged by conflict and violence.

    Meet Violeta, one of the refugee mothers you have helped.  Twenty-seven-year-old Violeta resides in the Nakivale refugee settlement, where MTI is providing care to refugees in Southwest Uganda. A year ago, she gave birth to her daughter Anita at the health facility in the refugee camp.

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    Violeta and her daughter Anita

    Soft-spoken, Violeta says, "I was very afraid after seeing women lose their children during unsafe birth. I am glad that the medical personnel at the facility helped me during the delivery of my daughter."

    Violeta is very grateful for the post-natal care she received as well as the advice from the facility. Thankful for the treatment, she has returned today for her daughter's immunizations.

    Thank you for demonstrating the love of Christ to Violeta and mothers like her around the world. We are so grateful!

  • Update on MTI’s Ebola Response

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 31, 2014

    Reports from West Africa are alarming. The Ebola epidemic is unprecedented, the deadliest outbreak in history with over 660 deaths.

    After the recent news of two American aid workers becoming infected with the virus, we wanted to provide you with an update on our ongoing Ebola response efforts in Liberia.

    Yesterday, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued a special statement on efforts to combat the spread. As international borders close, our U.S. volunteer doctor has returned. Additionally, our partner ELWA hospital in Monrovia is no longer accepting patients so we have put our surge capacity response on hold, eliminating the need for U.S.-based volunteer teams at this time.

    MTI strives to make the greatest impact possible for those in urgent need, and our core work in Liberia is centered on community health education. As such, our Ebola response continues to be focused on providing virus-transmission education though mobilization of our community health volunteers. We continue to provide education, materials, supplies, and training on preventing the virus’s spread throughout Grand Cape Mount County. We are also providing training and education of health workers on the basics of Ebola and how to protect themselves from infection.

    Community messaging of community health workers is seen by the Ministry of Health and the international community as the best way to attack the spread of Ebola.

    MTI’s disaster response teams hold daily meetings with our Liberian staff and continue to be in constant communication. However, information from the field changes hourly. Our field staff continues to assess the situation, meeting with other NGOs and the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. We will determine our next steps based on latest information.

    Please pray for those affected by this horrible disease.

    Donate to our Ebola response.

    For all media requests, please reach out to our Media Relations team at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. They can be reached at 503-443-7446 or rapidres@waggeneredstrom.com.

  • Field Update: MTI Volunteer Teams Helping Typhoon Recovery

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 30, 2014

    Today we wanted to share with you some photos from the field of our latest volunteer teams in the Philippines. After the devastating storm last November, you blessed typhoon victims with an outpouring of generosity. In addition to providing immediate emergency medical care, your gifts are also working to rebuild.

    This week, volunteers from our partner Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) arrived in Tacloban City to provide EMS/EMT Basic Training to three local fire departments. Also known as First Responder Training, the training will help rebuild the local infrastructure and capacity to respond to future disasters. Thank you for your incredible compassion and generosity. You are helping to save lives of future generations!

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    MTI Volunteer providing training

     

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    MTI & Bureau of Fire Protection

     

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    First Responder Training

     

  • Refugee Success Story: Shalom in SW Uganda

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 29, 2014

    Thank you for your generous donations to our program in Southwest Uganda, where we are providing medical care to Congolese refugees. Meet one of the families that you are directly helping!

    Introducing 30-year-old Shalom. Shalom is mother to 10-month-old daughter Lydia. The pair live in Kabahinda Village in Nakivale settlement. When she came to the refugee camp, Lydia was very ill, suffering from malnutrition. Her mother was extremely distraught.

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    Shalom & her daughter Lydia

     

    Thanks to your generous donations, Lydia is receiving nutrition food supplements that helped her become healthy again! Shalom is overcome with gratitude when she shares her story. Through tears she says, "before receiving the supplements, my daughter was in a sorry state. I am very thankful...."

    Thank you for your selfless gifts, which are helping this little baby girl thrive! We are so grateful for your compassion.


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