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  • Field Highlight: Ana in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 01, 2014

    Meet Ana, one of our Mother Counselors in Guatemala!

    Ana (29) lives in the community of Chajbul, an hour and fifteen minutes from Cobán, with her husband Luis (32) and their three children Joselyn Rosangela (10), Alis Mayerli (3), and Ligia Fabiana (16 months).

    Prior to working with MTI, Ana reports that her children became sick frequently from pneumonia and diarrhea and she did not know how to adequately treat these or where to take them for help.

    She said that within her area, many families did not have latrines and defecated in the area around their home. Children were frequently sick from drinking contaminated water, and families did not have health information to respond adequately to their children’s illnesses, resulting in a number of deaths of young children within the community.

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    Ana started volunteering as a MTI Mother Counselor in 2010, and said that since then she has participated in MTI trainings and repeated these trainings with the families in her care. Through MTI she has been the beneficiary of both a fuel-efficient, ventilated stove and a latrine. She said her children no longer suffer from the same frequency of respiratory infections because they no longer have smoke in their home. The stove has reduced their family expenses both by eliminating the need to purchase medications, and because it uses less wood than a traditional open fire.

    Through MTI trainings sessions given by Community Health Workers and the network of Mother Counselors, Ana said families have been educated on the prevention of pneumonia and diarrhea, as well as child nutrition, and personal care during pregnancy and after birth. Ana noted the community is much healthier as a result.

    She said families in her community now have their own latrines through MTI, which has reduced the incidence of diarrhea. MTI and Mother Counselor volunteers perform home visits to ensure that the latrines are well cared for and do not contaminate the area. Families now value important hygiene practices in their homes and contribute to caring for the environment by using their latrines.

    Ana also noted that MTI trains villages leadership committees, which has strengthened the community so that it can grow and develop since the leadership committees support the village in learning the health topics MTI disseminates.

    Thank you for your continued support of our Community Health programs!  As Ana has attested, you are changing the health and lives of families and children all around the world.  Thank you for your generosity!

    Story by Brittn Grey
  • Irene: a South Sudanese Refugee Mother

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 30, 2014

    According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, nearly 650,000 South Sudanese people have become refugees as a result of the ongoing conflict. Thanks to your generosity, MTI is working in clinics in Uganda to help serve these refugees, a majority of which are women and children.  Because of you, we are able to provide desperately-needed medical care to people who have lost almost everything.

    Meet Irene, a refugee and the mother of an infant. She was nine months pregnant when she fled her home in Boro after fighting broke out, leaving behind all of her possessions, friends and family. Her husband is a soldier still in South Sudan, fighting. Her parents are dead. She has no way to provide for herself.

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    Irene and her infant Narene, whose name means "running away during war."

     

    Shortly after she arrived to the transit center in January, she went into labor.  Thanks to you, MTI has a clinic in Adjumani, so she was able to have her child safely. She is back at the clinic on this day for her baby's immunizations. Her daughter is named Narene, which means "running away during war." When asked what challenges she struggles with, Irene says that she misses her husband, that there are no trees for her shelter, and - although she's living in the camp with a plot - she doesn't have tools to create a garden. Gardening at the camps is something everyone does as a way of survival.

    When asked if she wants to return back to her home in South Sudan, she said she would like to stay in the camp because it's safer for her and her child.

    When asked if her friends and family are here with her, Irene says simply, "when you're fleeing, you focus on saving yourself." She's reunited with many people, but many she has not seen since she left.

    Your support has touched the lives of Irene and Narene.  Thank you for providing them with critical care.
  • DISASTER ALERT: MTI responding to 2nd wave of Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 25, 2014
    Medical Teams International is responding to a second wave of the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa. We are mobilizing three of our in-country staff to help control the spread. MTI is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and our partner ELWA hospital working in Monrovia to help identify service needs and gaps. Some of our key initiatives to help control the deadly virus involve:
    • Sensitization of the community on how the virus spreads
    • Assessing medicines and medical supply needs
    • Assessing volunteer needs and response
    Earlier this spring, MTI was involved in responding to a region-wide outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, providing education, supplies, communication and transportation. As recently as May, the virus seemed largely under control.  Please join us in praying for those impacted and praying that the virus will be contained.

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    Thank you for your continued support of our disaster response programs.  Your donations allow us to be ready to respond when a disaster occurs.  Thank you!

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  • A South Sudanese Refugee Mother & Child Receiving Medical Treatment

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 25, 2014

    We are so grateful for your compassion. Your gift is essential to provide medical treatment for mothers and children who have had no access to health care.

    We share with you today the story of a South Sudanese refugee mother and child who are receiving medical treatment thanks to your benevolence.

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    Brenda is a young mother of two small babies, a 3-month-old and a 10-month-old. She recently took in a third child, whose parents have gone missing amidst the fighting in South Sudan. Brenda is well-educated, and she and her children are dressed in clothes so nice that they look better fit for a church congregation than a refugee camp. One can imagine the different life she had before the horrific conflict forced her to leave everything behind, living in the refugee camp while extremely sick with malaria and diarrhea.

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    Thanks to you, Brenda and her children are able to receive desperately-needed treatment for her malaria at an MTI clinic – treatment they otherwise would have gone without. In Africa, where every minute a child dies from malaria, according to the WHO, treatment for Brenda’s children can mean the difference between life and death. Thank you so much for your love and generosity. We cannot provide this care without you.

    Donate today.
  • Uganda Success Story: Jacky

    by Katie Carroll | Jun 24, 2014

    We are so grateful for your benevolence. Today we share with you the story of a little girl in Uganda who is helped because of the donations you sent. Thank you!

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    Jacky

     

    Twelve-year-old Jacky was brought to an MTI treatment outreach by her parents. She was severely ill with Nodding Syndrome and had severe burns on both her hands. Field staff recommended referral and she was immediately taken to Kitgum Hospital by MTI who also provided funds for treatment and monitored her condition while at the hospital. Since then, Jacky has recovered. Although she continues to receive treatment at MTI outreach points, her Nodding Syndrome symptoms have greatly improved and her hands have healed well. She has started carrying out light duties at home like sweeping, and she is learning to use the left hand since the burn left her handicapped in her right.

    The family is grateful for the support that MTI gave to their daughter and for not giving up on her. They say that “there is nothing that they, as a family, can do to repay all the kindness that they have received, but God in his wisdom should bless the organization abundantly so that they can reach out to many more suffering people in the communities.”

    Thank you!  For every $1 you have donated, we were able to send $83 in medical supplies.  Plus, your gifts provide training for local clinicians as well as send volunteer medical teams to provide direct medical care.  You are helping to save and improve lives!

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