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  • Success Story: Congolese Refugee Mother

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 11, 2014

    Peace was a young pregnant woman in trouble. Only 22-years old, she was a refugee of war, living in a camp in Southwest Uganda. Owning very little and living in tough conditions, she had very few options for safely delivering her baby. Not only that, Peace's child was in a breech position. There was no way she could have a natural birth.

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    Peace, shortly before giving birth

     

    Thanks to your generous gifts, Peace was able to deliver her baby safely through a Cesarean section at a health center at the refugee camp!

    Peace is so grateful for your compassion. Full of vibrancy, she says, "I thank the Lord...thank you, because my child is safe and well."

    Thank you for making a difference in the health & lives of refugee mothers & children around the world!

  • Ebola Update: A note from our CEO.

    by Kristin Simpson | Aug 07, 2014

    Dear friends and partners,

    As the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to spread through West Africa, I want to take a moment to update you on the efforts of Medical Teams International to help contain the outbreak, as well as update you on Dr. Alan Jamison, a MTI volunteer who recently returned from Liberia with no symptoms of Ebola.

    True to our mission of demonstrating the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, MTI has responded to the Ebola outbreak by providing medical supplies and training for community health workers. Our support, with guidance from the Liberian Ministry of Health, is to prioritize education through community health workers. This has been deemed the best way to combat the spread of Ebola.

    At MTI, we are equally committed to the safety and security of our staff as we are to the work we are doing in preventing the further spread of Ebola. While MTI’s 15 in-country staff continue their maternal and child health programs along with Ebola awareness initiatives, MTI and other organizations – following the guidance from the Liberian Ministry of Health – have temporarily suspended the use of volunteers from outside the country. We will continue to work and coordinate closely with the Ministry of Health, as well as the US Embassy, the World Health Organization and other NGO’s to ensure we are monitoring and responding properly to the ongoing outbreak.

    Dr. Jamison, a four-year volunteer with MTI, recently returned to the United States from Liberia after serving as a MTI volunteer. For Dr. Jamison’s security, we thought it prudent to bring him home at this time. He has expressed appreciation for the continued support he has received, feels excellent and is confident he does not have Ebola.

    In closing, I want to personally assure you on behalf of MTI that we are not concerned about the spread of Ebola in the US, and urge you to learn more about the virus and steps many of the top health organizations are taking to ensure the virus does not spread in the US.

    We are confident that the ongoing efforts by MTI and others on the ground will curb the outbreak soon. Until then, we ask for prayer for all those affected, their families and the dedicated healthcare workers. Please continue to help support MTI’s efforts to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa by donating here.

    Blessings on your day,

     

    Jeff Pinneo

    President and CEO, Medical Teams International

  • Ebola Facts at a Glance

    by Kristin Simpson | Aug 07, 2014
    According to the CDC, Ebola poses no significant risk in the United States. The widespread outbreak in Africa is primarily a result of misconceptions about the virus among West Africans. The more people know about the virus, the easier it can be contained.  Here are 4 quick facts everyone should know about the Ebola virus.  Help us spread the word!


    Ebola Facts


    Ebola Virus: 4 Facts Ever
    yone Should Know

    • Ebola is surprisingly hard to contract unless a person comes in direct contact with blood, vomit or other bodily fluids.
    • A person is NOT contagious until they are symptomatic (fever, headache and fatigue) or have died.
    • A person can incubate the virus without symptoms for 2-21 days, the average being 5 to 8 days before becoming ill.
    • The virus is easily killed by contact with soap, bleach, sunlight or drying.

    MTI has local staff and volunteers in Liberia now mobilizing community health workers to educate the community on how the virus is transmitted.

    This is seen by the Ministry of Health and the international community as the best way to attack the spread of Ebola.

    Learn more about our Ebola response and please donate today.

    We are so grateful for your continued prayers and support - we cannot do this without you.

  • Field Photos: Ebola Response in Action

    by Katie Carroll | Aug 06, 2014

    We just received these photos taken today of our Liberian staff who are working to fight Ebola in West Africa. Our local teams are visiting homes in Monrovia, providing residents with brochures about Ebola as well as with buckets for hand-washing to keep at the entrances of their doors. Every person coming or leaving the home should use the hand-washing station to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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    MTI provides a hand-washing station to a family in Monrovia to keep at the entrance of their home.

     

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    A Monrovia resident with his hand-washing station to keep at the entrance of his home.

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    MTI staff explains information about Ebola transmission in a brochure he is providing to a local family in Monrovia.

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    An example of the type of community health information that MTI is sharing to help change public attitudes about healthcare workers.

    Community education is seen by the Ministry of Health & the international community as the best way to attack Ebola. MTI is currently leading the NGOs in Monrovia and coordinating the Ebola response.

    Thank you for your support of our Ebola response program. The need for health education is vital. You can help attack Ebola right now.  Donate today.

  • 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.



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