Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.
The Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have made assurances to the refugees and the international community that repatriation will only happen when it is safe, voluntary and dignified. We call on both governments to stand by their commitments.
27 June 2018: Joint statement by 26 international NGOs in Uganda on the need for urgent action to address gaps in funding for the refugee response.
by Tyler Graf
Uganda is home to a silent crisis.
You won't read many headlines about the refugee mother forced to trudge down dirt paths for a week with her child clinging to her back. But everyday, tired and sick refugees pour across Uganda's borders, their lives uprooted by spurts of raging violence back home.
In this unstable environment, swift action must meet urgent needs.
by Sarah Vanderburg Austria | Mar 14, 2018
March 15 marks seven years since war began in Syria. Nearly 11 million residents, half of the pre-war population, have been forced from their homes, ﬂeeing to other parts of Syria or to neighboring countries. Families have lost livelihoods. Babies have lost parents. Children have lost dreams. Over the course of the war, Medical Teams International has met Syrians, whether displaced within their country or as refugees outside it, along their journey to safety and healing.
***How Medical Teams Helps Syrian Refugees**
by Helen Manson
Right now, in this very moment, even as you read these words, there's an invisible crisis unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Refugees are leaving in droves because of violence, heading to nearby Uganda where health clinics cater to their needs.
by Tyler Graf | Feb 09, 2018
By the time the Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot makes the announcement --"10 minutes to Moyo"-- the Ugandan landscape beneath the airplane has become a dense forest with barely any roads visible from above, just one or two isolated dirt tracks. As the flight nears its destination, the ground below is a vast expanse of semi-arid scrubland.
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.
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.
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
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.
Stephen Sethi, Rebecka Jonsson, Rony Skaff, Frank Tylera
by Emily Crowe | Aug 19, 2017
Every day, countless humanitarians—staff, volunteers, leaders—work to build a better future for people all around the world. Today, August 19th, is World Humanitarian day: a day to honor those who use their lives to serve those in need, and to rally together for those who need it most.
One place where humanitarians risk the most, and have the greatest impact is on the frontlines in war-torn Syria.
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.
With the world gripped by the worst humanitarian crisis of modern times, we must unite behind the power of consensus to serve those in need.
That’s the thinking behind the first ever World Solidarity Summit, held this week in Uganda, a country at the forefront of the fastest-growing refugee crisis of 2017 and home to the second-most refugees behind Turkey. The summit is bringing more than 500 dignitaries together with a goal of raising $2 billion.
by Tyler Graf | Dec 21, 2016
One thing is keeping Mariam going amid the hardships of life as a Syrian refugee — the thought of home.
But for Mariam there is no home. Not like before. When ISIS invaded her town of Deir ez-Zor, they destroyed everything. While they killed hundreds, they kidnapped and injured hundreds more. The city became a battlefield in the Syrian civil war, upended by rancor and continuous fighting.
Mariam, 29, was lucky to escape with her parents and two sisters.
by Emily Crowe | Jan 19, 2017
This story comes directly from a refugee mother we met at one of the refugee settlements we serve in Uganda. Like too many others, she and her children had fled fight in the home, South Sudan. Thank you for bringing health care to families like hers. Please pray that she and her child will find healing and safety.
by Sarah Austria | Jan 13, 2017
Medical Teams International’s Mobile Medical Units enable prompt response after a natural disaster strikes, bringing medical care when and where it’s needed most. Here is one story of how a Mobile Medical Unit made a difference after a recent disaster.
by Emily Crowe | Dec 29, 2016
We are honored to share photos from our recent shipment - over 15,000 pounds of medical supplies for families and victims in Syria's Aleppo province. Our teams are increasing their response to help Syrian refugees as the recent siege of Aleppo has caused even more injuries and deaths. Thanks to your support, this shipment will help many families receive urgently-needed care.
by Sarah Austria | Dec 14, 2016
The deaths of Kadiatu’s family members occurred during the height of Liberia’s Ebola epidemic of 2014 - but the pain of her loss is still fresh. Her own survival seems miraculous. But what’s to prevent another Ebola epidemic from occurring in her community? Find out.
Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support Refugee Health Services in Uganda
PORTLAND, Ore. – (November 29, 2016) Many are calling it the world’s fastest growing refugee settlement – and Bidi Bidi is exploding on a daily basis with thousands of women and children in dire need of basic health services. Now an $850,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help Medical Teams International, a Pacific Northwest-based non-profit, boost its urgent work in northern Uganda.