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10 Jan 2019 description

By Medical Teams International

PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 10, 2019) – A powerful winter storm of heavy rain and snow has damaged homes and displaced Syrian war refugees living in Lebanon’s informal settlements.

In response to the extreme-weather conditions, Medical Teams International has mobilized its network of refugee health volunteers to monitor the well-being of the refugee population, many of whom have been forced from their makeshift homes by rising flood waters and wind damage.

22 Dec 2018 description

Congo’s Ebola outbreak and refugee crisis create perfect storm for cross-border surge in the disease

PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 17, 2018) – Medical Teams International, the leading health organization providing screenings at refugee border crossings into Uganda, is preparing for Ebola to cross the border from Democratic Republic of Congo in the coming weeks.

09 Nov 2018 description

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.

28 Apr 2018 description

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.

14 Mar 2018 description

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**

02 Mar 2018 description

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.

10 Feb 2018 description

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. 

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 Aug 2017 description

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.

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.

25 Jun 2017 description

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.

24 Jan 2017 description

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.

20 Jan 2017 description

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.

14 Jan 2017 description

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.

30 Dec 2016 description

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.