By Medical Teams International December 17, 2018 Topics: Editorial Refugee Crisis As 2018 ends, we reflect on lives transformed. Because our work is motivated by the belief that every person matters, we believe it’s important to know these people as individuals. Their lives have been upturned by devastating events, experiences we often hear about but rarely see. That’s why we’ve assembled 18 powerful images that show some of these lives and document their experiences. We hope to tear back the curtain to reveal what it’s like to cross a border, receive a health screening at a refugee clinic or be treated at a war-afflicted health center in Syria. (1) Abdur and his daughter are among the many Rohingya refugees receiving desperately-needed medical care and nutrition services from Medical Teams and our partners. (2) Having escaped violence, Rohingya refugees now must adjust to the difficult and crowded conditions of refugee camps in Bangladesh. (3) In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 15-month-old Konishma is treated for a fever by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kar. (4) The life-saving medical care provided by Medical Teams brings healing and hope to Rohingya refugees like this man -- people who have fled their homes in Myanmar for the relative safety of camps in Bangladesh. (5) By meeting the health needs of people in crisis, you are restoring dignity and hope to the most vulnerable of God’s children. (6) In rural, isolated communities like San Antonio Beleju, Guatemala, a lack of adequate health services and basic sanitation stunts children’s development. Thanks to your support and the work of volunteers from our long-time partner, Providence Saint Joseph Health, children like these receive the critical care they desperately need. (7) Even in the most difficult of circumstances, refugee families like this Syrian father and daughter find a moment of joy. (8) Medical Teams works to strengthen health systems so that Syrian refugees who have lost everything receive the loving care they deserve. (9) Here in the U.S., high costs and lack of access put critical dental care out of reach for many people like Gristina. Thankfully, our Mobile Dental Program brings relief. (10) Your support ensures our Mobile Dental vans are fully equipped so that committed volunteer dentists and hygienists can ease the suffering of our neighbors in Oregon and Washington. (11) In crowded refugee camps, trained community health workers are key partners in making sure children like one-year old Omar Faruk receive treatment for injuries and preventable diseases. (12) Basic medical supplies are truly life-saving. Thanks to the equipment your support provides, asthma attacks do not have to be deadly for children like this young girl in Syria. (13) In Tanzania, malaria is especially deadly for refugee children living in isolated and inadequately-supplied settlements. (14) Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo wait for food to be distributed at a transit center in Uganda. (15) After fleeing violence in the Congo and suffering the loss of two babies, Gallas and his wife Janet can finally enjoy the blessing of their beautiful baby girl, Vanessa Asante. (16) Proud mother Janet Manihiro experienced heartbreaking sorrow and trauma before welcoming baby girl Vanessa Asante. (17) Jeremy (4 months) receives medicine for severe pneumonia. In the Maratatu settlement in Uganda, young children are especially susceptible to disease. (18) Your compassion and generosity in 2018 reflect God’s love for every person. From the rural highlands of Guatemala to the teeming refugee settlements of Uganda, people in crisis around the world are celebrating the lifesaving care they received in 2018. These are individuals whose lives are at a crossroads. Syrian refugees in Lebanon, having escaped war, now live in camps on the edge of farmland. Rohingya families, survivors of ethnic cleansing, inhabit crowded camps in Bangladesh, where diseases spread quickly. In Guatemala, far from health facilities, mothers yearn to keep their babies healthy. And healing happens daily in all of these places, thanks to supporters like you. 2018 was an amazing year, a year in which people found hope in health. And the impact has been far reaching. You served more than 1 million refugees in Uganda, Lebanon, Turkey, Bangladesh and Tanzania. You supported the construction of new health clinics in Bangladesh, serving thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar. You helped thousands of pregnant women give birth safely and then provided nutritional food to their hungry babies. You made it possible for more than 20,000 Americans to receive urgently-needed dental care. And thousands of war-displaced Syrians can now safely receive health care at clinics because of you. These 18 photos only scratch the surface of lives you’ve helped transform. But we hope they show the impact you can have on people in crisis around the world. In 2019 — with your help — we’ll continue to bring healing to a hurting world.