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30 Mar 2007 description

Grant will fund long-term health care programs for women, children

(Portland, Ore.-March 30, 2007) Medical Teams International has received a $485,732 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support an 18-month program to improve the health of impoverished women and children in northern Uganda.

The grant will train 232 Ugandan health care workers, refurbish two critically-needed medical clinics and implement sanitation services for more than 40,000 people living in Uganda's Lira District.

22 Mar 2007 description

Medical Teams International receives first grant ever from a foreign government

(PORTLAND, ORE. - March 22, 2007) Every day, thousands of Ugandan families wait in makeshift camps for medical help- help that often never arrives.

05 Oct 2006 description

(PORTLAND, ORE-Oct. 5, 2006) Airline passengers can now bring hope and healing to hurting people living worlds away. Thanks to Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, travelers can donate their accumulated Mileage Plan miles to Northwest Medical Teams. These gifts of air miles will help send critically needed medical volunteers and medicines around the globe.

The Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Charity Miles program encourages airline customers to make a difference in the lives of the world's impoverished families by donating their Mileage Plan miles online at alaskaair.com .

18 May 2006 description

(BELLEVUE, WASH. -- May 18, 2006) "This is one destination I'll never forget," says Janey Pinneo, wife of Horizon Air CEO Jeff Pinneo. She's visited some of the world's most favored destinations. But her recent trip with Northwest Medical Teams took Pinneo to one of the world's most forgotten places. She came to care for the dying, wounded and weak.

13 May 2005 description

In response to an ongoing conflict in northern Uganda, Northwest Medical Teams volunteers are helping thousands of homeless families find safety and medical care.

Volunteer physician Dr. Jon Bishop of Snohomish, Wash., and Mary VanVeen, a volunteer nurse from Surrey, British Columbia, are currently in Uganda . During one recent week, they helped to provide direct care to 4,000 desperate people living in makeshift shelters.

Severe malnutrition, dehydration, malaria and infectious diseases are widespread in the crowded camps.

18 Mar 2005 description

More than 60,000 people survive on a section of land one and a half square miles. This camp is the largest of 28 sites in the Lira district of Uganda where Northwest Medical Teams' volunteers serve. It is just one of many that is home to 1.6 million destitute people in Uganda.

Without adequate healthcare, food, sanitation or hope of education, thousands of children and their families struggle to endure in these camps.

13 Sep 2004 description

Three veteran medical volunteers with Northwest Medical Teams depart for Uganda in mid-September to care for thousands of displaced, needy families camped in makeshift shelters.

Dr. Stephen Boyer, an emergency room physician, Dr. Robert Gibson, a cardiologist, and Scott Gotter, a firefighter/paramedic, are the first volunteers ever sent to Uganda by Northwest Medical Teams.