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People and children right outside our doors are suffering in excruciating pain - unable to afford or access care. You can help. And your gift is multiplied by x4!

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Syrian Refugee Health Care

Europe is not equipped to handle the huge amounts of refugees. Camps are overflowing. You can help refugees meet critical health and medical needs.


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A nightmarish journey from Syria to Greece

Right now in Greece, gifts from donors like you are in action, helping so many refugees who came there for asylum from the terrors of war. Today we share with you the story of one of these people – Nermim.

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Followed by death, finding life

Elisa's mom had been so afraid of the rebels. Now, miles from the fighting, she was terrified for another reason: Her son's small, dry cough had quickly become something much worse.

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Rasha: Refugee, mother, health advocate

Meet Rasha. She is a 22-year old Syrian refugee. But, she's also a mother. And a niece. And someone who, despite everything, is using her time and skills to help other refugees survive life in the camp.

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The midwife, the mother and the baby

After she delivered her baby, the bleeding didn't stop. Two hours from the nearest hospital, she needed help. For too many women in rural Haiti, this is a death sentence. You helped Altinise survive.

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  • Tecla: No time to wait

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 10, 2016


    Guatemala, Tecla Senahu, Jan. 2016

    Mother-to-be Tecla is rushed down a bumpy dirt road to the nearest hospital, more than two hours away.

    One week: What a difference it can make. 

    In Tecla’s case, it meant all the difference in the world. She had waited long enough.

    The 27-year-old Guatemalan woman was pregnant for the fourth time and a week past her due date. As she waited she worried. From experience, she knew that the longer she waited for the onset of labor, the more likely it became for serious conditions to develop. 

    During each of her past pregnancies, she suffered bouts of convulsions and dangerously high blood pressure. The condition is known as preeclampsia, and it can lead to organ failure – even death. She suffered from the condition during her most recent pregnancy, too. A doctor had told Tecla that the longer she waited, the more likely it would be for her preeclampsia to worsen. 

    The only cure is to deliver the baby. 

    Tecla was scared. She’d lost one of her four babies during a previous pregnancy. She knew the severity of her condition was real. 

    And so is her seclusion. 

    She lives in a small indigenous village outside the town of Senahu, two hours from the nearest hospital. The only way down to the hospital is over a bumpy, narrow dirt road that snakes around the hill country of Central Guatemala. The problem was, neither Tecla nor her family had access to a vehicle.  

    But villagers knew that health coordinators from Medical Teams International were in the area, visiting a nearby community. As the coordinators were hiking down the hillside back to their vehicle, the villagers confronted them.

    They explained about Tecla and her condition. They spoke with urgency: Tecla needs to see a doctor. She can feel her blood pressure rising, the onset of preeclampsia.

    The coordinators contemplated calling an ambulance. But that would take too long – a four-hour two-way trip. That wouldn’t work, not if Tecla’s condition worsened. Instead, their vehicle would have to act as the ambulance.

    The coordinators put Tecla in the back seat of the truck and called ahead to the hospital. As the sun began descending, the truck took off. Slowly, over a choppy road, with fog limiting visibility, a health coordinator drove Tecla to the hospital.

    At the hospital, a doctor induced labor, and Tecla gave birth at midnight to a healthy, 5-pound baby.

    Because of Medical Teams' regular presence in Tecla’s community, both the young mother and her baby are alive and healthy. Their good health is a blessing and a testament to the generosity of MTI’s donors and the dedication of the field staff, whose fast thinking saves lives.


    Thanks to your generous donations, Tecla and her baby are healthy. When Tecla was at her most vulnerable, your support provided the resources to help. To support more people around the globe who lack access to health care, consider praying or making a donation.
  • Brutally attacked, you're helping Sabasore heal

    by Greta Jarvis | Feb 04, 2016

    Sabasore will probably never forget that day. He was terrified. He could feel the armed fighters breaking his bones. He had done nothing to provoke their attack—but had no way to make them stop.

    Would he survive this horrific attack?

    Sabasore is 27-years-old and lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his community, armed skirmishes often leave innocent bystanders dead or seriously hurt. Sabasore was trapped in the middle of one of these dangerous conflicts. The armed fighters broke two bones in one of the young man’s legs. The terrible pain overwhelmed Sabasore, but there was nothing he could to do make them stop. What did these armed fighters want from him? Would he survive this horrific attack?

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    Donated medical supplies are sent around the world in our Distribution Centers-- helping people like Sabasore when they desperately need it.

    By God’s grace, Sabasore survived. He hobbled to a clinic called HEAL Africa, one of Medical Team International’s partners. His leg throbbed in agony. The doctors knew he needed surgery.

    Following surgery, his leg was stiff and he couldn’t move it. It’s possible he may never be able to move it properly again. It was crucial that he get the supplies he needed to stay mobile and rehabilitate from the attack—otherwise, this injury could disintegrate his ability to live and work.

    But, a shipment of medical supplies had just arrived at the hospital—supplies you sent. After his surgery, Sabasore received a Velcro leg splint, a comfortable set of crutches, and tools to help recover his strength.

    He may never be able to move his leg properly, but these generous gifts were transformational for this young man who’d survived a harrowing attack that left him permanently injured. For the first time since the attack, Sabasore was overjoyed: “This donation is the best of my life.”

    For the first time since the attack, Sabasore was overjoyed.
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    Every year, Medical Teams International receives millions of dollars’ worth of lifesaving medical supplies and medicine from kindhearted donors. These gifts save lives across the globe of people just like Sabasore. Supporters who pray, donate, and volunteer allow for stories of hope in the midst of unthinkable suffering.


    We would be honored to have you join our team. Share this story with family and friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Take a moment to pray for those living in areas of violent conflict. Consider donating to provide care and supplies that one day could save a life. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.

  • Three generations touched: The midwife, the mother and the baby

    by Tyler Graf | Feb 01, 2016


    Haiti, Altanise, April 2015

    From left, Jaqueline and Altinise, mother and daughter, hold the baby Altinise birthed during a complicated pregnancy that nearly cost the young woman her life.

    Altinise knew something was wrong.

    The bleeding began following the birth of her daughter, near the rural Haiti community of Crochu.

    For the 23-year-old new mother, the bleeding continued unabated. Altinise began shivering and felt dizzy. She continued to lose blood, and it was evident that something bad was happening, that she was possibly suffering from postpartum hemorrhaging.

    For too many women in Haiti, this is a death sentence.

    But hope was nearby. Watching over Altinise was a birth attendant, someone Medical Teams International trained. Birth attendants in places like Haiti ensure quality maternity care. They save lives in the process. In developing countries, the risks associated with pregnancy and child birth are real. In 2010, more than 287,000 women died during pregnancy or child birth. Another 1.3 million newborns died during the neonatal period.

    In Altinise’s case, her birth attendant wasn’t simply someone from the community – it was her mother, Jaqueline. 

    As Altinise lay dizzy, shivering and bleeding, her mother and birth attendant intervened. Eight months of extensive birth attendant training from the trained staff of Medical Teams International had prepared her for a complication such as this one. She knew that Altinise was exhibiting signs of hemorrhaging and that she was losing an excessive amount of blood.

    Slowly, Jaqueline began massaging Altinise’s abdomen, just above where the uterus is located. This tactic is intended to stunt the flow of blood. Gently, Jaqueline massaged, and she monitored. She also told Altinise to start breastfeeding. Both tactics are intended to prompt a woman’s body to release a hormone that helps keep the uterus intact and stabilizes bleeding.

    These were tactics that Jaqueline learned during her training, and they likely saved her daughter’s life. Soon the bleeding eased, the dizziness disappeared, and the shivering subsided. Altinise’s condition improved.

    Jaqueline shared her story with MTI’s Haiti staff and said just how thankful she was that her daughter and granddaughter were OK. Indeed, three generations of the same family – grandmother, mother and granddaughter – all have you to thank for your amazing support. Without it, Altinise's life would have been left to chance.



    Your generous gifts are making a difference in Haiti. Medical knowledge and training come as a result of your powerful support. Want to empower more women like Altinise and Jaqueline and improve the lives of those affected by conflict, disaster and extreme poverty? You can. Pray for those in need. Or consider donating to efforts to build sustainable health care systems in rural communities like this one in Haiti.

  • Rasha: Refugee, mother, health advocate

    by Emily Crowe | Jan 29, 2016

    Meet Rasha. She is a 22-year old Syrian refugee living in a refugee settlement in Lebanon. But, she's also a mother. And a niece. And someone who, despite everything, is using her time and skills to volunteer with Medical Teams International and help other refugees survive life in the camp.

    After escaping so much danger and heartache in Syria, refugee settlements are no guarantee of safety. Families that were previously leading average, middle-class lives are now trapped without enough food, money and only a thin tent protecting their children or elderly parents from freezing winter storms.

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    Rasha, right, meets with local refugee women to provide medical care in the refugee settlement where they live.

    Trauma from the civil war-- and stress from a drastically new life-- have very real repercussions.

    One serious consequence? Stress-induced diabetes and hypertension. Mothers like Moamar, who struggle to find enough food to feed their children, become too exhausted to get out of bed. Girls like Amir become depressed, sick and withdrawn. Everyday tasks become impossibly difficult.

    Without money to get to a clinic-- let alone buy medicine-- dangerous symptoms go unchecked. 

    This would have been the case for Sarah, Rasha's aunt. But, thanks to you-- and Rasha's commitment and enthusiasm to be a community health leader-- Rasha now has the tools she needs to make a difference.

    When Sarah began feeling dizzy, constantly thirsty, and urgently needing to urinate throughout the night, Rasha immediately suspected what was wrong: Diabetes. She quickly brought her aunt to the Medical Teams International clinic for a diagnosis, where doctors confirmed Rasha's suspicions. Now, Sarah has access to crucial medicine and care that keeps her healthy. 

    Because of your support, Rasha was able to learn how to recognize and diagnose some of the most prominent diseases at the camp where she lives-- particularly diabetes and hypertension, silent dangers that can make the challenges of refugee life unbearable.

    Because of Rasha's knowledge and Sarah's willingness to listen-- and your support for life-changing programs like this-- doctors were able to detect Sarah's serious illness and give her the care she needs to stay healthy and safe.


    We are proud to have Rasha on the team. Want to help more people like Rasha and her aunt? Pray for hope and healing around the world. Share Rasha’s story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Consider donating to provide medical supplies and care. 

  • "Without the medicine, we would not be talking as we are now. And I think about this: that the medicine is coming from people I did not know. This is a miracle that comes from God. And it shows that God is real, and that He is here to help me. And so now, I no longer feel that I am alone."

    - Rebecca, South Sudanese Refugee
  • "MTI has developed the expertise to assess the greatest needs. It takes manpower, and it certainly takes dollars …. As I came to understand that my community wasn’t just where I lived and worked, but that it was the world, I believe I am fulfilling why I’m here.”

    - Pat, Donor
  • "As a values-driven company focused on continuous innovation, Cambia is proud to partner with Medical Teams International. The organization has a profound impact on improving the health of our communities – both locally and globally – and the impact they’re making is both tangible and far-reaching."

    - Mark Ganz, President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions
  • "I’m grateful for the help because before I could not smile or talk well because of the pain of my teeth and now, thanks to your help, I feel much better. I feel more sure of myself because a smile is the most beautiful (part) of a person. Many, many thanks for the help."

    - Erik, Dental Clinic Patient
  • "Volunteering allowed me to develop relationships with community members who are the most closely impacted by MTI’s work. I got to be on the end where I saw the funding move into change.”

    - Brittn, International Volunteer

How will you respond?

There are many ways you can support those suffering around the world in their time of need. Consider donating money, medical supplies or even airline miles. Apply to volunteer, both in the U.S. and around the world. Or join with us in praying for our volunteer teams, our partners in the field, and those in need around the world.