Preventing & Managing Disease
Medical Teams International's primary goal in Lebanon is health outreach. Basic health and dental care prevents and reduces the impact of disease on children, women, and men in the settlement. Additionally, we train community volunteers to provide household outreach and education complements ongoing health services at mobile medical units.
There is a major focus on the largely unmet need of chronic and preventable problems e.g. dental, cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes. Community Health Volunteers monitor chronic disease patients in their homes and provide families and communities with vital information on chronic disease recognition, management and disease prevention.
In Greece, the situation focuses on meeting the deadly infrastructure strains facing refugees in registration camps. After grueling journeys (which are particularly hard for pregnant women, young children and the elderly), desperate refugees are finding themselves trapped in dangerous conditions with no way to meet basic sanitation needs.
Where thousands are living in camps designed for a few hundred, the risk of outbreaks is high. Winter's rainy season, combined with freezing nights, is spelling a deadly recipe for the elderly, pregnant women and their children.