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02 Jan 2018 description

by Tyler Graf

For the tired and sick, the scared and weary, those affected by conflict and poverty, the new year comes shrouded in mystery—the next 12 months are uncertain. But if we remember that hope overcomes fear, that medicine heals sickness, that knowledge empowers communities, and that faith invigorates the spirit, we know our path forward and can boldly break barriers to health in the new year. Here are the 18 ways that we will work to keep the world healthy in 2018.

20 Oct 2017 description

by Jessy Hampton | Oct 20, 2017

With half a million Rohingya refugees having fled Myanmar for nearby Bangladesh, Medical Teams International is rushing to prevent the spread of deadly diseases at the cramped makeshift camps. A 20-person team of doctors, nurses, and support staff is on the ground, improving the health of thousands in the midst of what's become the worst refugee crisis in the world.

13 Oct 2017 description

by Martha Holley Newsome | Sep 27, 2017

The past month has unleashed what seems to be a startling increase in natural and manmade disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and violence. Bringing healing to people in crisis is core to who we are as an organization. It compels us to act, and to prayerfully consider where Medical Teams can help most – where the health needs are greatest, where we can gain access to those in need, and where we have the resources to respond.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

10 Oct 2017 description

by Stefanie Glinski | Oct 09, 2017

Hassan was one of the first patients to arrive at Kutupalong camp’s only diarrhea clinic. Clutching on to his mother’s arm, the three-year-old slipped in and out of consciousness, sweat dripping from his little exhausted body.

An ethnic Rohingya, Hassan recently came to Bangladesh, fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar. More than half a million refugees arrived alongside him in recent weeks, making it the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Many witnessed their houses being burned to the ground and family members shot.

19 Jul 2017 description

by Charlotte Falconer | Jul 18, 2017

Imagine for a moment that you are in desperate need of medical care, but the only care available to you is either too far away or too expensive. In Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, this scenario is a reality for many people.

31 Jul 2008 description

Dr. Wendy Dyment

MYANMAR - Cyclone Nargis swept through Myanmar May 2-4, 2008, killing an estimated 140,000 people and severely affecting 2.4 million. Dr. Wendy Dyment, Medical Teams International's emergency health specialist, recently returned from six weeks in the country.

'Raising awareness for this disaster is the greatest need,' she says.

29 Jul 2008 description

(PORTLAND, ORE.-July 29, 2008) - A Portland doctor says Myanmar families still struggle to survive weeks after a deadly cyclone displaced more than 1 million people.

Dr. Wendy Dyment, a senior relief expert with Medical Teams International who recently returned from the region, saw critical shortages of medicines, food and clothing. 'Communities are far from returning to normal.

30 May 2008 description

(PORTLAND, ORE-May 30, 2008) A senior humanitarian aid expert with Medical Teams International heads to Myanmar today to begin caring for thousands of families devastated by Cyclone Nargis earlier this month.

This past Wednesday, staff member Dr. Wendy Dyment received visa approval from Myanmar's consulate in London. She'll arrive in Yangon on Saturday to work with the agency's in-country partner, World Concern, and then travel to the hardest hit cyclone area, the Irrawaddy Delta.

23 May 2008 description

Our response -Updated May 23, 2008

Reports from inside Myanmar continue to speak of great destruction to people, animals and land. In some cases, entire villages were killed. In others, only children or women survived.

Doors beginning to open to Myanmar

Myanmar's government is beginning to open its doors.

11 May 2008 description

Health needs loom in second wave of disaster

PORTLAND, ORE-May 11, 2008 Medical Teams International is addressing critical health needs in Myanmar by helping local partners purchase medicines and supplies for families devastated by Cyclone Yargis.

UN officials estimate the death toll from last week's cyclone may reach more than 100,000 in the coming days--especially if critically needed aid fails to arrive soon.

08 May 2008 description

Relief workers in Jakarta on standby to enter Myanmar where 1 million people are reported homeless

(PORTLAND, ORE-May 8, 2008) Nearly a week after Myanmar's horrific cyclone, Medical Teams International staff are on standby in Jakarta today, ready to enter the country once visas are approved.

Along with positioned aid workers, Medical Teams International is sending an initial $10,000 to its in-country partner, World Concern.

06 May 2008 description

(PORTLAND, ORE-May 6, 2008) With more than 22,000 people confirmed dead and nearly 1 million reported homeless in Myanmar, Medical Teams International is preparing to send funds, medical supplies and possible volunteers and staff to the devastated region.

Four days after the cyclone-the country's deadliest disaster since 1991-the need for medicines and medical care mounts as families scramble to find food, shelter and clean water.

'Our medical supplies are ready to go and our volunteers on standby,' says Brian Heidel, director of regional programs for Medical Teams …