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  • Interactive Map: Agencies Helping to Stop the Spread of Ebola

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 24, 2014

    Check out this interactive map to get a sense of the different agencies working in West Africa as well as the different activities they are doing to help stop the spread of Ebola.

    Source: UN OCHA

  • On the Ground in Myanmar

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 20, 2014

    Only five hundred people live in the small village of Khin Ann Gyi in Myanmar, where the nearest health center is 15-20 minutes away by motorbike. Medical Teams International has only been working here since January, where we are providing community health training and maternal & child healthcare programs, thanks to your generous gifts.

    Our U.S. staff was curious to hear from the Community Health Volunteers how they felt about the short time MTI has been helping them.

    "Previously we didn't know much about keeping healthy. We are very open to the teaching. When someone is sick, they cannot work. We want to learn more about how to manage illness with medicines. We want to learn preventative measures."

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    Field Coordinator Saw Kar Ha Htoo says, "I am doing God’s work here. I normally walk 4-5 hours, sometimes 7 hours in rainy season to get to one of my villages. Most of us are young men because we have to travel so far alone. We are trained in basic health knowledge."

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    "I have delivered over one hundred babies. Now I am teaching my daughter and granddaughter," says Daw Tin Kyi, a 71-year-old midwife who is being trained by MTI.

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    Your donations to our Asia programs are making a difference! Thank you for your generosity and your willingness to come alongside us to rise, mobilize, and make a difference!

  • Field Photos: Visiting Liberian Clinics

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 14, 2014

    We just received a few photos from our team in Liberia of your gifts in action.  The team visited four clinics as part of our goal to safely reopen closed health clinics and help them stay opened - to help patients with and without Ebola.

    One of the clinics was in the middle of a slum. Very cramped and equally dirty, it was trying to stay open and still doing birth deliveries. The owner personally purchased PPEs (personal protective equipment) to help keep the clinic operational. MTI staff and volunteers demonstrated the use of protective gear and the clinic staff gratefully practiced and reviewed the clinic quality checklist.

    Thanks to your gifts, MTI can teach health care workers how to safely protect themselves from Ebola. Your donations are making a difference as you read this. Thank you for your incredible selflessness to help the people of Liberia. Donate today.

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    Locked clinic door.

     

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    Liberians in town.

     

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    MTI providing the health clinic with quality control.

     

  • Cambodia Success Story: Mon

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 13, 2014

    We recently received this story of how your donations saved a mother's life in Cambodia. Thank you for your incredible generosity.

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    Mon and her daughter

    Twenty-four-year-old Mon has a very smooth and normal first pregnancy - at first. Her daughter was born healthy and happy at a local clinic in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. However, soon after the delivery, Mon began to have bad hemorrhaging. The doctor cared for her as best he could, but as her condition worsened, he knew she had to be transferred to a hospital.

    Thanks to your donations, the doctor had a non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) to put Mon in. These medical garments reverse shock - keeping women alive until they are able to receive necessary treatment. The garments are simple and easy to administer - and save lives.

    Mon was transferred to a hospital, where she was successfully treated. Mon is so grateful for your donations. She says she would have died on the road while they were transferring her to the hospital if she had not been saved by the NASGs.

    Thank you for your gifts to our programs in Cambodia. You are saving lives!

  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Dianne

    by Katie Carroll | Oct 11, 2014

    Thank you for supporting our mobile dental program. Your donations are impacting the lives of your neighbors in need!

    Dianne has desperately needed dental care for twenty years. In 1994, she was involved in a fatal car accident that left most of her teeth broken at the gum line.  Over the years, she has had procedures to fix her teeth; but without insurance, it has been impossible for her to get the full care she needs. Dianne is still paying off a tooth extraction from last December. Between medication and food, she cannot afford another bill.

    Because of your gifts, Dianne was able to get necessary extractions and is now pain-free! Plus, she is very grateful for the quality of care that she received, thanks to your donations. Dianne is no longer afraid of having her teeth pulled while she is awake because the dentist and assistant were so attentive and patient. She is extremely grateful for your compassion. Thank you!


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