Medical Missionaries Newsletter - December 2011


In this issue:


Growth On The Job – A report from our Global Health Fellows

A Transformative Experience – A reflection by a recent visitor to St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique

Seeking A Clinic Manager – Help us find the next administrator

Trip Report: Facilities Maintenance Team – A report from those who keep the Clinic running

Improving Health Conditions – What Medical Missionaries is doing to address some of the underlying causes of illness in Haiti

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Save The Date

Our next major fundraiser, our Gala, will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  We hope to greet many of you in person at that event.


President’s Message

" Funny How Time Slips Away" is the title of a song written by Willie Nelson and very appropriate for the busy year that Medical Missionaries is just finishing. Despite the hard economic times, we have managed to accomplish a lot with your support.  Listed below are some of the projects that helped so many POOR throughout the world this year. All of these accomplishments were possible because of support from our DONORS.  We are happy to report to you that we continue to use 99.5 cents of every dollar given for direct services to the forgotten "Poorest of the Poor."  

Here is a list of what your donations have supported since the beginning of 2011:

  • Twenty-five truckloads of household supplies, clothing, and health-related equipment sent to West Virginia and Appalachia, and an Indian school in South Dakota, as well as tornado relief supplies to Alabama.
  • Support for many disabled people in the greater DC area with medical equipment and supplies.
  • Shipment of eight sea containers, each with approximately 20 tons of health-related equipment, wheel chairs, walkers, dressings, orthopedic items, etc., to four west African countries, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
  • Distribution of over three million dollars of donated medicines to medical teams across the USA that work in Haiti and reach one-third of the population there.
  • Continued support of the hospital in Thomassique, Haiti following the Jan. 2010 Earthquake and now the cholera epidemic. Hundreds of lives have been saved from this serious infection, many malnourished babies restored to life, and clean water systems distributed to over 6,000 households (more than 40,000 people).  More to come next year with your continued support.
  • Food programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for school kids and remote mountain villages where malnutrition is very common.

All these projects were possible due to generous donors! Medical Missionaries needs to have sustained support to provide CONTINUITY for all existing objectives and provide a foundation for new needs as they appear. PLEASE consider once again a DONATION for the future to help us continue this work.

All the workers of our 100% volunteer organization and all of the VERY POOR we serve say THANK YOU for CARING. God Bless you, and Happy Holidays!

Gil Irwin, MD
President, Medical Missionaries

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