Merlin USA

Merlin specializes in health, saving lives in times of crisis and helping to rebuild shattered health systems worldwide. We do whatever it takes and we stay for as long as it takes. Merlin works within existing health systems to realize everyone's right to accessible, appropriate, affordable health care. We are specialists in rapid medical response and rebuilding health systems, effectively taking countries from emergency to recovery.
Aug 15, 2012

Devasting Floods Hit Philippines Again

Flooding in Philippines
Flooding in Philippines

Devastating floods in Manila, central and northern Luzon

Dear Friend,

You kindly supported Merlin’s appeal for hygiene kits to help the victims of the wide spread flooding in Mindanao at the end of 2011.  Unfortunately, this cyclone season has struck with mighty force and now the people of Luzon are feeling the destructive effects of monsoon ‘Habagat’ and tropical storm ‘HaiKui’.

Merlin is helping families by offering basic health care, distributing hygiene kits to families in Rizal Province (just east of Manila), supplying medicines to local health clinics and giving practical demonstrations to people living in evacuation centers - of which there are still thousands - on how to protect their families from illness and the spread of disease.

If you are able to support Merlin's work once more, please find our appeal on the GlobalGiving site at:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/emergency-flood-support-manila-philippines/

On behalf of Merlin and all the families and homeless people we are caring for, thank you

Packing the hygiene kits after storm
Packing the hygiene kits after storm 'Washi'
Families receiving their hygiene kits
Families receiving their hygiene kits
Jul 17, 2012

Highlights of Merlin's Outreach Work, Kenya

Merlin worker Agnes, teaches vital health messages
Merlin worker Agnes, teaches vital health messages

Update on Kenya Rural Health Services

The Merlin Kenya team co-ordinates a huge health and nutrition program.  Teams continue to respond to the food crisis with emergency mobile and outreach teams in the arid areas of the north west of Kenya.  The teams run safe motherhood programs in three districts of Turkana and malaria and primary health care projects in Kisii (in central, west Kenya).  A program focusing on disabled people has just begun, to improve access to the more focused health and well being care required. 

Some of Merlin’s activity highlights

  • Over the year (July ’11 – June ’12) 252 outreaches visits were conducted over 21 sites. Services included; vaccinations, primary health care, family planning, health education and micro-nutrient supplementation targeted mainly at children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, the elderly and disabled.
  • 75,456 people (that’s 74% of the target population) were involved in key health message presentations, such as why hygiene, nutrition and vaccinations are important for general good health and well being.
  • There was a 41% increase (2,326) of children fully immunized under 1 year old,
  • and a 13% increase (4,614) in the number of families using family planning.
  • 5,381 people (57%) were counseled for HIV/AIDS, and a 46% (4,484) increase in those tested.
  • 10 health workers were trained in lifesaving skills in emergency and essential obstetric & neonatal care in Nakuru (west Kenya).
  • 20 women group leaders were trained on safe motherhood basic concepts to help increase awareness on maternal and child health care services.
  • Community liaison officers, midwives and health officers were trained on communication skills and assisting communities in accessing health care ie. how to hold village community meetings, integrate with local community cultures and encourage participation in health services.
  • Medical and surgical equipment, drugs, antibiotics and supplies such as gloves, syringes, linen, soaps /detergents for hand washing were given to Merlin supported health facilities.

Safemotherhood Program

  • All 3 health facilities within the districts now offer emergency obstetric care. Merlin continues to supply the necessary equipment and medicines.
  • 152 obstetric and gynecological complications were referred to Lodwar hospital.
  • 9,477 pregnant women attended antenatal classes, however only 17% (1,638) visited the ante-natal clinics (ANC) on four occasions, the number Merlin recommends.
  • 1,516 pregnant women (out of the 6,777) were assisted in childbirth by skilled health workers.  Efforts to increase the number of deliveries by skilled attendants are still mired by both the large distances women live from the facilities and cultural barriers. Merlin hope to increase the number of assisted deliveries at health facilities, by changing behavior and is exploring ways of discussing with communities appropriate messages.

Do you think Merlin is doing a good job?

If you love our work, then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help Merlin (Medical Emergency Relief International) make even more of a difference. GreatNonprofits - a site like Amazon Book Reviews or TripAdvisor - is a website where people can share their stories about nonprofits that they really believe in.

Will you help us raise awareness and support for our life saving work, by posting a review of about Merlin? All reviews will be visible to potential donors. It's easy and only takes a few minutes.

Please click on the below link and log your comment:http://greatnonprofits.org/organizations/reviews/medical-emergency-relief-international-usa-inc 

With your help, we can gain visibility and ultimately funds for our health care work around the world.

Merlin can offer health services to women, children and families in Kenya, because of you.  Thank you.

Community Health Worker malaria training, Kisii
Community Health Worker malaria training, Kisii
A Turkana mother clutches her health report card
A Turkana mother clutches her health report card
Psychosocial training of local health staff, Kisii
Psychosocial training of local health staff, Kisii
Jul 10, 2012

How Merlin set up in Sahel, Chad

Consultations at Zafaya Health Centre, Chad
Consultations at Zafaya Health Centre, Chad

We’re set up and delivering health care

 Merlin has been working in Chad for nearly three months now. Why did we send out an Emergency Response Team in the first place?  The facts speak for themselves:

  • 3.6 million have no food security, i.e. parents can not be sure that they have enough food to feed their family.
  • 1.5 million of those people have severe food insecurity, there is a wholly inadequate, availability of food i.e. families do not know if they have food for each day or week.
  • 127,000 children are severely malnourished i.e. very near to death.

Merlin's Emergency Response Team

Our emergency response was led by Lea Gilbert (see photos below).  Once on the ground, Lea and the initial team began the set up process.   Merlin’s logistician Justin Bangue searched out an appropriate base, to be used as an office and place to sleep, eat and have a little down time.  He and Lea were also in charge of liaising with country representatives of government donors about ongoing funding and talking to various Chad government departments to make sure all the paper work was in order, including recruitment procedures and non-profit certifications.

Justin also coordinated the delivery of procured supplies and medicines, to make sure everything was in place for our health and mobile teams, to make sure they could start offering services as soon as possible.

The health & nutrition teams come under the supervision of Angela Muruiki, Merlin’s Health Manager in Chad.  She has been leading training sessions with local health staff and outreach teams in basic health and nutrition care.  Angela ensures that every health worker has the required skills to offer quality health care to everyone that needs it, including those living in more rural and remote communities.   Since the outreach services were available, and now word has spread, the number of families visiting the outreach clinics has risen each week, from double to triple figures.

Angela’s team has also set up a therapeutic Feeding Center in Massaguet Hospital, one of only 3 hospitals in Hadjer Lamis province, in the central, west of Chad. On June 13th alone, the Feeding Center received more than 30 new, severely malnourished children into the feeding program, and a neighboring health clinic registered 50 more. 

Our teams will be there to help 100’s, maybe 1000’s more children, mothers, the elderly, in fact anyone that needs our care, over the coming months. 

Also...Do you think Merlin is doing a good job?

If you love our work, then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help Merlin (Medical Emergency Relief International) make even more of a difference. GreatNonprofits - a site like Amazon Book Reviews or TripAdvisor - is a website where people can share their stories about nonprofits that they really believe in.

Will you help us raise awareness and support for our life saving work, by posting a review of about Merlin?All reviews will be visible to potential donors. It's easy and only takes a few minutes. Please go to:http://greatnonprofits.org/organizations/reviews/medical-emergency-relief-international-usa-inc and log your comment.

With your help, we can gain visibility and ultimately funds for our health care work around the world.

Merlin can respond to situations such as the food crisis in Sahel, because of you.  Thank you.

Lea Gilbert, Head of Chad Emergency Response Team
Lea Gilbert, Head of Chad Emergency Response Team
Justin, Merlin
Justin, Merlin's logistics man in Chad
Angela leads our health teams
Angela leads our health teams

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