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.
May 23, 2012

Merlin Respond to the Sahel Region's Food Crisis

Women waiting at an outreach health post.
Women waiting at an outreach health post.

The Merlin Emergency Response Team sent to Chad to feed and care for vulnerable families living in remote communities, are now fully set up and are caring for over 250,000 people.

In the Sahel region of central Africa more than 15 million people are facing food shortages and over one million children are at risk of severe, acute malnutrition.  The situation continues to get worse and experts forecast there will be a peak in food insecurity and malnutrition rates in July 2012 - this sadly, will result in a huge rise in deaths - the majority of which will be children.  Merlin want to prevent needless deaths, by offering health and nutrition care now.

Merlin’s Emergency Response Team in Chad  

In March 2012, Merlin teams carried out assessments in Chad, to determine health needs and design the most effective response possible.  After reviewing the results, an emergency health and nutrition program response was launched immediately.

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ranked 183 out of 187 on the Health Development Index, one in
five children die before their fifth birthday and the average life expectancy is only 46 years. Currently, 3.6 million people are threatened with malnutrition.

Merlin are making the most of this small window of opportunity to save lives – to stop or slow the expert's forecast that malnutrition and death rates will soar from July onwards. 

Our activities will care for over 250,000 - This emergency response will focus on providing life-saving health and nutritional care for over 40,000 pregnant women, new mothers and children under five. It will also benefit local populations of around 273,000 people.

Merlin’s Activities

Merlin has implemented an integrated emergency health and nutrition program in the Hadjer Lamis region of western Chad.

This area has huge needs and not has been receiving aid from other INGOs. The critical threshold rate of 15% for Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) has been reached, and families are exposed to communicable disease outbreaks due to their proximity to Lake Chad and dense populations.

Merlin’s activities include:

  • screening children under five, pregnant women and new mothers for malnutrition,
  • establishing 12 outpatient and supplementary feeding sites in existing health centers,
  • outreach services and mobile teams to reach more remote areas,
  • establishing a stabilization center at the District Hospital for those children requiring
    emergency treatment,
  • training and support for local health workers, so they can care for patients within
    their local neighborhoods,
  • health and nutrition education sessions, and
  • ensuring adequate medical and nutrition stocks.

On behalf of all those we care for and everyone at Merlin, thank you for your support.

May 21, 2012

Why We Need Emergency Supplies for Immediate Use

Your gift ensures that we can pre-prepare emergency supplies for immediate use when there is an emergency situation.  Such a situation happened when Merlin decided to send an emergency response team in to Chad (central Africa).

Merlin’s Emergency Team Respond

Merlin’s motto could be ‘ready to respond to all situations’.  An Emergency Response Team has been sent to Chad (within the Sahel region of central Africa), to help feed and care for vulnerable families living in remote communities.

Chronic food insecurity has swept across the Sahel region of Africa.  More than 15 million people are facing food shortages and over one million children area at risk of severe, acute malnutrition.  Low rainfall during 2011, compounded by attacks on crops by birds and locusts, has led to a serious shortage in crops, a lack of pasture and low water levels. The situation continues to get worse and with a peak in food insecurity and malnutrition rates forecast to hit by July 2012

Why Chad?

In March 2012, Merlin teams carried out assessments in Chad, to determine health needs and design the most effective response possible.  After reviewing the results, an emergency health and nutrition program response was launched immediately using supplies and materials already stocked, which were ready to be used in emergency
situations.

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ranked 183 out of 187 on the Health Development Index, one in
five children die before their fifth birthday and the average life expectancy is only 46 years. Currently, 3.6 million people are in danger of having no food what so ever – the vast majority of these are children.

Merlin is responding now, to make the most of a small window of opportunity to save lives – experts believe without
help deaths will soar from July onwards.  This is why Merlin always needs to be prepared, our experience from
similar emergencies - such as the ongoing East Africa Food Crisis – because, unfortunately, media and public response often comes when it is already too late. By reacting now, we can prevent deaths. We aim to stop children becoming malnourished, rather than responding later, once thousands more children have severe, acute malnourishment and hundreds more have died.

Caring for over 250,000 - This emergency response will focus on providing life-saving health and nutritional care for over 40,000 pregnant women, new mothers and children under five. It will also benefit local populations of over 273,000 people.

Merlin’s planned activities

Merlin has implemented an integrated emergency health and nutrition program in the Hadjer Lamis region of western Chad.

This area has huge needs and not has been receiving aid from other INGOs. The critical threshold rate of 15% for Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) has been reached, and families are exposed to communicable disease outbreaks due to their proximity to Lake Chad and dense populations.

Merlin’s activities include

  • screening children under five, pregnant women and new mothers for malnutrition,
  • establishing 12 outpatient and supplementary feeding sites in existing health centers,
  • outreach services and mobile teams to reach more remote areas,
  • establishing a stabilization center at the District Hospital for those children requiring
    emergency treatment,
  • training and support for local health workers, so they can care for patients within
    their local neighborhoods,
  • health and nutrition education sessions, and
  • ensuring adequate medical and nutrition stocks.

On behalf of all those we care for and everyone at Merlin, thank you for your support.













May 4, 2012

Safe Motherhood, part of the vital health services

Mother, Rosslyn and her baby girl, Edina Atoot
Mother, Rosslyn and her baby girl, Edina Atoot

Safe Motherhood is part of our health activities in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.  Merlin offer effective health care and nutrition support to make sure that women are kept safe through their pregnancies and first years as new mothers.

The health care includes educating not just the women, but the whole community on things such as; why women should attend ante-natal classes, why rest and nutrition is something every pregnant women should have and why the correct vaccinations will protect her and the community’s new born children against preventable diseases.

Sadly, in these three countries 1 in every 12 (Kenya), 1 in every 10 (Ethiopia) and 1 in every 5 (Somalia) children die, before they reach their fifth birthday.  Teaching moms about how to keep themselves and their babies healthy and protected from disease is, and will continue to make a positive change to those stats.

Safe Motherhood in Kenya

- The Safe Motherhood project part of the fuller health care package that Merlin is offering to communities. Currently, all objectives are on target, and the number of baby being delivered with a qualified nurse in attendance, has increased.

- ‘Malezi Bora’ (a national mother and child health awareness campaign) is running over the first two weeks of May.  Merlin teams have planned activities to coincide with the rise in awareness as a result of the campaign, including a push to immunise even more children and women of child bearing age.

Mother’s Day is nearly here

Is there a special person that you want to give a unique gift to this Mother’s Day?  What about giving a gift towards Merlin’s safe motherhood work in their honor?  Click on this link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/outreach-for-vital-health-services-in-rural-kenya/?show=gift to give a gift.

Plus GlobalGiving will give Merlin an additional $500 for this project, if we are one of the top 10 projects with the most donors who give gifts. 

Global Giving will send an email with a personalised message to your special person.  They will know that because you care, another special person can care for her child too.

 Thank you