MAP International achieves extraordinary year in service

Report
from MAP International
Published on 02 Jan 2007
Millions of Lives Saved; Community Health Improved - Growth Cited for 2007 Efforts

MAP International concluded its 2006 work achieving remarkable outreach to clinics and hospitals in poor countries. In total, MAP provided through its global network of partners more than $235 million in life-saving medicine and health supplies to clinics and hospitals in 112 countries worldwide.

"In a year when there wasn't a high profile disaster like a tsunami or major hurricane, MAP supporters made a difference in millions of lives by helping us work in forgotten emergencies in places like Uganda, Kenya, Cote D' Ivoire, Bolivia, and Ecuador where poverty wreaks havoc on a daily basis," said Michael J. Nyenhuis, MAP President.

MAP partnered with over 1500 US-based medical mission teams providing them with MAP Travel Packs and Johnson & Johnson Medical Mission packs. Of the $235 million in essential medicines provided in 2006, $29 million was brought to poor communities by US-based medical mission teams. MAP supporter mission teams traveled to 93 countries carrying more than 2,000 short-term medical mission packs.

"In our line of work, it's difficult looking back when there is so much need looking forward," Mr. Nyenhuis said.

MAP plans for 2007 include growing its medicines distribution program to reach more clinics and hospitals in poor countries. This includes the development of an HIV Home-based Care Kit for distribution throughout Africa. Also, MAP is investigating a landmark development in West Africa to implement MAP's total health approach to community health.

MAP also seeks to grow outreach programs in Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. In Indonesia, MAP looks to complete a hospital and develop a tuberculosis treatment and prevention program to serve people affected by the December 2004 tsunamis in Indonesia.

In Latin America, MAP is working to educate government officials and community leaders about the devastating effects of sexual abuse and how to prevent it.

MAP 2006 Accomplishments By Country or Region

United States - Louisiana and Mississippi

- Provided more than $3 million in medicine and medical supplies nearly 200 tons.

- Helped launch two mobile medical units in the Gulf region in order to tend to victims still without healthcare in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Uganda

- MAP continued to contribute to the improvement of health and quality of life for 50,000 internally displaced persons located in seven camps in the district of Gulu, Uganda.

- Increased immunization coverage for infants

- Trained community members and formed committees to plan and monitor health services in the seven camps

- Trained 28 Traditional Birth Attendants, four in each of the camps

- Trained 30 Nursing Assistants to work in the campsTrained 30 health workers in rational drug use

- Organized and facilitated HIV and AIDS-related training for 55 participants at Martyr's Seminary in Uganda.

Sudan - Darfur

- Helped provide a holistic response to the fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced 2 million.

- Helped operate two health clinics in Um Tagouk and Sanidadi.

- Supported consortium of relief agencies in providing water, nutritional supplements and agricultural training.

Lebanon

- Alleviated suffering for more than 100,000 civilians caught in the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. Response included two New Emergency Health Kits, each containing basic medication, medical supplies and medical tools to treat 10,000 people for three months.

- Provided relief through a number of partner organizations also working in the area, among them YMCA-Lebanon, International Medical Corps and World Vision. Additional organizations, such as Food for the Hungry and World Relief, also assisted MAP in its efforts.

Indonesia

- Completed construction of a hospital that MAP will stock and operate until January 2008, at which point a local church will take over.

- Launched a mobile health clinic that served 27,000 people on and around the Indonesian city of Tello. Operated clinic from March through May.

- Worked with a local church and World Relief to provide a community-based health education program on the islands of Tello and Nias.

- Partnered with a local church to build or refurbish four health centers on Nias.

Bolivia

- Advocated for nearly 200 people involving neglect and mistreatment of children, sexual violence and other problems. Victim's rights were restored in 89 cases; others are pending.

- Provided more than 120 health promoters with training on topics such as children's rights, women's rights, domestic violence, and community health and mediation. Conducted 27 workshops, attended by 112 people, on similar topics.

- Provided sexual abuse prevention sessions for 63 children in the "Community School of Life" as well as workshops for the parents

- Provided community health training for over 1,500 community members.

- Tended to 1,362 people with respiratory diseases and registered 302 children for vaccinations.

- Implemented 1,390 educational activities to promote the incorporation of oral health measures in different community groups.

- Developed 945 educational activities to improve the nutritional status of community members. Treated 305 cases of severe malnourishment.

- Implemented 173 educational activities to encourage forestation campaigns.

- Implemented 657 educational activities to encourage healthy behaviors. Addressed issues such as children's rights, women's rights and domestic violence.

- Implemented 81 educational activities to prevent alcoholism in community groups.

- Implemented 163 educational activities to prevent and manage depression and behavioral problems in children.

- Participated and supported 390 educational activities to prevent Malaria, parasitosis, TBC, skin diseases, rabies, snake bites, intoxications and wounds.

- Met the medical needs of more than 5,000 patients through urgent or primary care services provided through Chilimarca health clinic;

- Provided prenatal care for nearly 250 expecting mothers in the community;

- Provided basic vaccinations for over 600 children in the community;

- Supported Chagas Disease eradication campaign in Chilimarca with training workshops and educational material elaboration.

- Provided dental services for 304 community members.

Cote D'Ivoire

- Established pharmaceutical supply chain infrastructure to receive and secure donated medicines to serve MAP in-country programs and those of 30 select partner organizations.

- Expanded Buruli ulcer mitigation program in Taabo district of Cote d'Ivoire through the training of additional nurses. MAP also secured a physician to provide surgical services for Buruli ulcer victims being cared for at MAP-sponsored Treichville Hospital. MAP provided over $2 million in medicines and biomedical supplies for Buruli ulcer patients.

- Facilitated rational drug use training of medical personnel. Organized training workshops for medical staff with partner organizations to promote the appropriate use of medication.

- Established a partnership to provide vocational training to people with disabilities.

- Provided communities with information, knowledge and skills necessary to prevent waterborne diseases by continuing MAP's drinking water provision project in Bouna. This work included the establishment of more than 80 water-pump management committees and the training of 120 committee members. MAP-trained personnel helped prevent the spread of disease and suffering by repairing 180 water pumps.

Ecuador

- Conducted workshops on integrated health principles and practices for volunteer health promoters in 85 communities in the provinces of Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Napo and Esmeraldas.

- Implemented 15 new community pharmacies for a total of 35 in poor rural provinces.

- Trained 143 teachers from five elementary schools to work with children in the promotion of health, children's rights, and the prevention of sexual abuse.

- Held workshops attended by 480 children and 460 parents on topics such as children's rights and sexual abuse

- Provided workshops and training for 130 families addressing issues such as family relationships, gender equality and the prevention of domestic violence in the provinces of Pichincha and Napo.

- Provided conflict mediation regarding possible sexual abuse and domestic violence. MAP saw a decline of 80 percent in domestic violence among 100 families in Llano Grande.

- Trained 450 facilitators of HIV prevention; these have hosted 164 replications that have reached an audience of 9,496 students.

- Organized events in conjunction with the World Day of Solidarity for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. MAP volunteers in nine cities organized marches, fairs and other events that reached more than 2,700 people.

Honduras

- Trained nearly 50 health promoters who in turn hosted total health workshops for more than 2,000 people in 20 communities.

- Developed the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program and recruited 21 mediators to participate in a 10-month training schedule.

Kenya

- Began implementation of HIV and AIDS theological curriculum for three new Bible institutions in Kenya. The curriculum, designed for seminary students, teaches rising church leaders how to establish HIV and AIDS ministries within church communities with the goal of ultimate reduction of HIV and AIDS.

- Expanded technical assistance to community and faith-based-organizations providing home-based care in support of widows and orphans.

- Facilitated HIV and AIDS awareness training for an additional 294 people in six parishes.

- Provided leadership training in HIV and AIDS ministry development in Kitale, Kenya for 270 teachers, clergy members and other community leaders in HIV and AIDS awareness, financial management, home-based care and other life skills.

- Helped more than 1,200 caregivers meet the educational, medical, nutritional and psychological needs of more than 2,100 orphaned and vulnerable children in various parts of Kenya.

- Established feeding centers in area churches and provided food and nutritional support for more than 2,300 orphaned children following a severe famine in northern Kenya.

- Provided psychosocial support to 1,362 children in six Kenyan schools.

- Developed malaria prevention program in the Esonura area of the Kajiado district by improving access to water and increasing the level of sanitation for about 2,000 people. This program also included insecticide-treated bednets for more than 1,000 households; hygiene and disease prevention education for school students; and family caregivers to address contributing sanitation and hygiene issues among families.

- Constructed a ventilated improved pit latrine (VIP) at the Esonora market for public use.

- Aided the construction of an Esonora pharmaceutical dispensary to serve community health needs.