When you give to Medical Teams International, you are truly making a difference in the health and lives of people around the world. With your support, we raised over $11,000, providing life-saving care to the world’s most vulnerable. Thank you for joining us in our commitment to rise, mobilize and make a difference.
Our new project, Haiti: Reduce Cholera and diarrhea in children (link to new project), will directly benefit 15,000 women and children in Crochu, a remote rural area of Haiti. The objective of this project is to reduce Cholera and other diarrheal diseases in children. We will do this by engaging the community, training community health workers to manage illness and provide basic life-saving skills at the household level, and by providing health education in the community through community leaders, churches, and schools.
The volunteers to the MTI-Advantage Program keep the program rolling…. Pictured below is Diane Denham, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga and employee of a shoe store. She collects very lightly used and new athletic shoes and ships them to Haiti for our use in the artificial limb/brace shop and with other needy clients to the clinic. She helps with clothing as needed, too…. Part of the responsibilities of the MTI-Advantage Program Director, June Hanks, is to share the news of what God is doing through the program and invite others to participate. Below is a picture of June presenting at First Centenary United Methodist Church and to a Sunday school class of adults with special needs who donated money and made personal cards for people in Haiti… June is with long-term volunteer, Jim Rogers, an artificial limb and brace maker who has helped to construct all three of the shops for the Advantage Program. Thanks Jim!
It seems the MTI-Haiti Advantage Program is on growth hormones! In July, June Hanks (MTI-Advantage Program Director) and Consuelo Alzamora (Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Clinic & Outreach Manager) traveled to the Dominican Republic to investigate ways to engage more fully with the physical therapy program in Santiago. The university has many physical therapy students from Haiti. At the request of the faculty, we will assist in curriculum design to help prepare the program for World Confederation of Physical Therapy recognition.
Under the leadership of Consuelo Alzamora, our Rehabilitation Clinic and Outreach Program Manager, we have started our Stroke & Diabetes Prevention and Management Program. See pictures here on our “Blood Pressure in the Park” activity in which the staff conducted blood pressure screenings and provided education on hypertension, stroke and diabetes.
The MTI-Haiti Advantage Program is going gang-busters to finish out the 2013 calendar year. Volunteer teams of rehabilitation specialists (physical and occupational therapists, artificial limb & brace makers, doctors, nurses) come to train our staff. The Stroke & Diabetes Prevention and Management Program continues to impact lives through education regarding the importance of blood pressure and blood glucose control, the risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes, and risk factors for stroke. We continue with the ongoing therapy for kids like Chrismael who has cerebral palsy, young men like Maxene who requires long leg braces and crutches to walk and infants like Stephesen who has multiple issues, including cerebral palsy and clubfoot. The Advantage Program is arranging for Stephensen to be seen by an excellent Haitian Pediatric specialist in Port-au-Prince.
January 12, 2013 marked the 3-year anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Southern Haiti and shook the world. Since then, Medical Teams International (MTI) volunteers have tirelessly served to help rebuild and renew the country that left millions of Haitians homeless, injured and struggling to survive.
With the new year brings new hope for the people of Haiti. Here are a few updates of how Medical Teams International continues to provide hope and help:
Medical Teams International plans to continue monthly support group meetings, establish treatment options for patients and provide as much needed care as we can. Thank you for your support in making this possible!
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