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  • Mobile Dental: Thank You Notes Arrive

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 23, 2015

    It's common for patients of Medical Teams International's Mobile Dental clinics to write reflections about their experiences. With few exceptions, the patients say they feel transformed after leaving the clinics. It's amazing what some dental work can do.

    Recently, MTI received several "thank you" cards from patients who received care at one of the clinics. The cards came from patients who attended MTI's Benton County, Oregon, clinic, held on Feb. 11. 

    Here are their thoughts — thoughts extended to you, whose generous donations and support make the clinics possible.

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    Thank you cards written by patients of MTI's Mobile Dental clinics.

    Thank you so much, to all of you. For your hard work and kindness. May God Bless you all. You are so much appreciated. 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

                                                                                                                         - Cory

    To all who helped me today, thank you for the Blessing of helping my pain and discomfort with my teeth. I am excited to get better sleep and having less issues with eating food that I enjoy. May God Bless you!

                                                                                                                  Thank you

    Our family would like to thank each and every one of you for your caring hearts! For taking the time to help us and others in need in our community! We really appreciate this.

    Blessings to each of you!

                                                                                                         Mayra & Gerardo

    Messages of thanks, like these, arrive regularly and never cease to raise spirits. It's important to know that you're making a difference in the lives of people in your community. These are your neighbors, many of whom suffer silently through excruciating mouth pain. 

    You deserve kudos for your compassion and support of a program that touches so many lives.

  • Field Video: In Liberia, Steps Taken to Curb Ebola

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 19, 2015

    In Liberia, the tide is turning in the struggle to keep Ebola from crashing against the shoals. 

    For nearly a year, the people of West Africa have been battered by the worst outbreak of the disease ever. Not only has Ebola killed thousands, it has disrupted an already fragile community health system. With Ebola, the fight isn't simply against a slinky-shaped microbe that kills. It’s a fight for something. The fight to ensure healthy futures for millions of people.

    Your support is making a difference.

    Medical Teams International was in Liberia from the beginning of the outbreak, even after many others left. Thank you for coming alongside and being part of the team; without your prayers and inspiring support, Ebola would continue crashing down on the people of West Africa. 

    Check out this video about what's been done to combat Ebola in Liberia and how, as a team, we can continue to serve those in need.

  • Liberia Success Story: Traditional Clinics Help Pregnant Women

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 12, 2015

    In Bomi County, Liberia, there’s a movement afoot to educate women on the dangers of delivering babies in the home.

    Clinical supervisors from Medical Teams International are making inroads in convincing women that, with anti-Ebola measures keeping the disease at bay, it has become safer for women to give birth at medical facilities.

    Support from MTI’s donors, like you, has made that possible. The lives of thousands, like Sawho Johnson and her two children, were improved — possibly saved — because you joined the team.

    Sawho gave birth to twins at an MTI-supervised facility after her mother-in-law, a traditional midwife, was convinced by an MTI clinical supervisor that it was safe to do so.

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    Fatu Gebeh, from left, and Sawho Johnson hold the twins Sawho birthed at a medical clinic.

    That wasn’t so easy.

    Following the outbreak of Ebola, many of Liberia’s certified midwives and doctors began dying from the disease, a result of poor sanitation practices at hospitals and clinics. This led to fears circulating about the risks associated with coming into contact with pregnant women who may have Ebola. Many women were turned away from clinics during the height of the Ebola epidemic. Some died giving birth on the streets.

    Because there was a lack of trust between traditional midwives, certified midwives and other health practitioners, it was difficult for pregnant women, especially ones from rural villages, to receive regular maternity treatment. A number of traditional midwives turned to home births as an alternative, something Liberia’s Ministry of Health warned against prior to the Ebola outbreak.

    One of those traditional midwives was Sawho’s mother-in-law, Fatu Gebeh.

    “I consider it a shame that I live in a village that allows women to give birth in public without medical help,” Fatu said. “I won’t listen to any health worker because they want our population to reduce. That’s why they are allowing women to give birth in public without aid so they may die in child birth.”

    That credibility gap between health workers and the public, borne of the Ebola epidemic, needed to be filled. And that’s where MTI and your generous donations have played a significant role.

    MTI clinical supervisor Oscar Dolo has been working on an awareness campaign to convince traditional midwives that there are dangers associated with home deliveries.

    In Fatu’s case, it worked. The traditional midwife took Sawho to a clinic, where she gave birth to her twins — Fatu and Hawa Johnson.

    Your blessings and gifts are making a difference around the globe, among the world’s most vulnerable citizens. Through education programs and medical training in Liberia, we can make a difference and end the suffering.

  • Haiti Success Story: A Long Walk for Health

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 10, 2015

    What's a typical walk for most people?

    A post-meal excursion with the dog? A quick trip down to the corner store? Maybe it's one in a series of progressively infrequent jaunts that follows a misguided New Year's resolution? The kind that taper off for one reason or another.

    Whatever it may be for most people, it pales in comparison to what Marie Thérèse Louis did, all for her baby. 

    Marie lives in Leroux, a remote locality in Crochus, Haiti. Medical Teams International operates a Safe Motherhood Project in Crochu, the result of your inspiring donations. Among other things, the project trains women on proper prenatal practices.

    Your blessings and donations are getting the word out, and the word is working.

    After becoming aware of the importance of prenatal care, thanks to the work of MTI staff and volunteers, a pregnant Marie decided she had to visit the local clinic. That was a four-hour round trip journey – by foot. But did that dissuade Marie?

    No, it did not.

    Marie completed seven prenatal visits and delivered a healthy baby with the help of traditional birth attendants, trained by MTI.

    Your gifts and dedication are mobilizing teams around the world to empower vulnerable populations. Without your help, Marie wouldn’t have known what resources were available to her.

    It might have been a long walk. But it was well worth it. 

    Haiti, Crochu, Safe Motherhood Project, prenatal care
    Marie Thérèse Louis of Leroux Haiti would walk four hours round trip while pregnant to receive prenatal care at a local clinic.  
  • Success Story: Dieusel's PET cart

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 06, 2015

    Thirty-year-old Dieusel J. has cerebral palsy, which severely limits his mobility. Without a family, and thus no support system, Dieusel has made due, but it hasn't been easy.

    Nothing is easy in Haiti. People with disabilities often don't receive the care they need, and most can't find work. In a developing country like Haiti, 82 percent of people with disabilities live on less than $1.25 a day.

    But thanks to you support of the Haiti Advantage Program, which advocates for people with disabilities and provides them with prostheses and other devices, Dieusel has mobility.

    Haiti, Advantage Program, PET Cart, Medical Teams International, MTI
    Dieusel J., who has cerebral palsy, received a personal energy cart, which he can propel with the use of his arms.

    That comes as the result of a personal energy transportation cart, or PET for short. These carts are specially designed for people with disabilities, especially those who live in rural areas. They're like handmade tricycles with sturdy wheels that can navigate rough streets. But instead of having peddles, they have hand cranks.

    Dieusel, who lives independently, relies on his cart. When his last one deteriorated because of the rain, Medical Teams International was able to replace it. 

    Dieusel is more than a patient to MTI staff and volunteers in Haiti, he's a friend. This work is only made possible through your generous offerings and inspirational blessings.Through teamwork, lives are transformed, and people like Dieusel can have the dignity and independence they deserve.

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