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  • 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.

  • Field Highlight: Meet Ofelia in Guatemala

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 28, 2014

    Meet Ofelia! Ofelia is a Mother Counselor in Guatemala.

    Ofelia (27) lives in the community of Sehaquibá, an hour and a half from Cobán. She began serving as a MTI volunteer after the death of her mother Magdalena, who was a Mother Counselor herself. Ofelia has now been volunteering with MTI for over two and a half years and has ten families in her care. Each month she meets with the mothers of these families to share the health education she receives through MTI. Ofelia is enthusiastic and enjoys her work because she loves seeing the families healthy. Since the death of her mother, Ofelia has taken on the role of mother within her family to care for her six younger brothers and sisters.

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    Prior to volunteering as a Mother Counselor, Ofelia said that she was not well known within her community and that she was unfamiliar with health practices important in the care of children under 5, pregnant women, and lactating mothers, and was not involved in the work of community health workers in her community. Since taking on the role of Mother Counselor, Ofelia said she is now well recognized in her community for her strong leadership and involvement in MTI’s activities. She is now familiar with a variety of health themes related to the prevention of childhood illnesses and childhood mortality, and she said she applies all of this knowledge within the care of her own family members.

    Ofelia said that her family no longer suffers from respiratory illnesses since they received a stove through MTI, and that this has helped families throughout the community to lower their outgo for medicines and fuel for preparing their meals.

    Prior to the involvement of MTI in her community, Ofelia said that families were not worried about their hygiene practices around their homes and that since they did not have latrines these poor hygiene practices caused a number of illnesses such as diarrhea. Ofelia noted that thanks to the support of Medical Teams International, all families in her community have latrines, practice better hygiene, and the children are healthy and growing well.

    Ofelia said families practice good hygiene as a result of being given health education on this as well as topics such as care for children under 5, hand-washing, supplementary feeding, danger signs of pneumonia, diarrhea, prenatal and postnatal check-ups, and family planning.

    Thank you for donating to our Community Health programs! Your gifts directly touch families in Guatemala, improving their health and lives. Thank you!

    Story by Brittn Grey
  • MTI Instrumental in Cross-Border Ebola Prevention Meetings

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 25, 2014

    As AllAfrica.com reports, MTI and our partner the Grand Cape Mount County Health Team in Liberia have reached an agreement with health authorities in Sierra Leone to hold cross-border Ebola prevention meetings in the interest of both countries.

    The purpose of the meetings is to save lives of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans.

    Education of citizens is a critical piece of the action plan to save lives: understanding how the deadly Ebola virus is transmitted is the most effective way to prevent its spread.

    Read more on AllAfrica.com.

    Thank you for your donations to our Ebola response. Your gifts are serving on the front lines RIGHT NOW, helping doctors in the ELWA isolation unit in Monrovia and getting the word out to terrified Liberian citizens. Please continue to help save lives. Donate today.

  • Guatemalan Success Story: Your gifts of medical supplies!

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 23, 2014

    Today we share with you a story of how you helped a suffering baby in Chicamán, Guatemala. Thanks to you, medical supplies arrived at this very rural location just in time!

    Just recently, a mother made the 2.5 hour trek down the mountain from her small community village called Belaju to the health center in Chicamán. Her eight month old baby boy was seriously ill.

    The little baby was suffering from painful and complicated pneumonia. He struggled to breathe; his mother was terrified. In the small, one table emergency room, the staff realized this child desperately needed a nebulizer- a medical device which sprays medicine as mist into the lungs. The staff thought helplessly how a nebulizer would immediately help this child in urgent need; but unfortunately, the hospital did not have one.

    Without the equipment he desperately needed, the baby and his mother faced an even longer journey to a hospital in another town.

    Incredibly, a large shipment of medical supplies that you provided had just arrived at this Chicamán health center. Staff happened to open a box that contained a nebulizer and decided it should be placed in the emergency room. The nurses in the ER couldn't believe their eyes when the nebulizer arrived at just exactly the right time! They immediately placed the boy on the nebulizer. After several hours, he had improved. He was treated further and released home.

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    Nurses Nestor and Clarita hold the nebulizer that you sent, which probably saved this baby's life.

     

    Thanks to you, MTI was able to ship just the right medical equipment to this rural health center - and just in time!

    While reducing household smoke through ventilated stoves (which MTI teams build) is the best way to prevent respiratory problems in Guatemalan children, it is also critical for health centers to have supplies that will help heal the children who are already impacted.

    Thank you for helping to save this little baby!

    Reporting by Doug Fountain

  • Ebola Outbreak: Photos from the Frontlines

    by Katie Carroll | Jul 22, 2014

    We recently received several photos from our Ebola response team of MTI working alongside staff at the ELWA Hospital isolation unit in Monrovia, Liberia. Pictured is our U.S. volunteer Dr. Alan Jamison, who is covered in white protective gear.

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    Liberian nurses have been putting in long hours supporting the doctors working in the isolation unit. The community is providing lunch everyday for those who work in the isolation unit because no one can leave to get food during the 12 hour shifts.  Pictured here are three nurses taking a needed break.

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    You are helping prevent the spread of this horrible virus. Thank you for your continued donations to help contain the Ebola epidemic.

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