Medical Missionaries 2018 Year in Review
Working Together, Much Was Accomplished!
Medical Missionaries is a 100% volunteer organization,
and we are grateful for all who come together to make our work possible. Thanks to our volunteers, donors, partnerships, and other supporters, we have accomplished much in 2018:
Aid and Disaster Relief in the USA
- Disaster relief delivered to NC hurricane victims of Florence and Michael (September - October).
- Distribution of hospital supplies and equipment to over 200 people locally in
our DC/Northern VA area.
- Regular shipments of
food, clothing, household supplies delivered to Appalachian "coal country" (southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky,
- Twenty-five van loads of clothing,
household items, and food sent to isolated areas of western West Virginia beyond Elkins.
- Distribution of new clothing, school supplies, and sporting goods to American Indian schools and reservations to the Sioux
of South Dakota, Crow and Northern Cheyenne of Montana and Athabasca natives of Copper Valley, Alaska.
are especially grateful to those dedicated volunteers who help us on a regular basis to collect and distribute these supplies
here in the U.S.
Read more about Medical Missionaries Shipments of Aid and Hope.
International Aid and Shipments of Medical Supplies
- This year, Medical Missionaries sent five sea containers of healthcare supplies, medical equipment and
household supplies to those in need and to help build infrastructure in very poor areas of the world, including
Cameroon, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, and Syria, in addition to supplies sent to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We also
provided aid to help other organizations send supplies to Peru and Jamaica.
- We continue our work to improve medical care in the Central Plateau of Haiti. In addition
to supporting St. Joseph Clinic (which we built and opened in 2007), we have expanded programs to include treating chronic
diseases, and expanding healthcare into Thomassique's outlying villages.
- In the last year, the Clinic treated more than 20,000
patients, including medical consultations, emergency room visits, treating chronic diseases, and conducting mobile clinics
in the rural outlying villages.
- Several Teams from the U.S. spent weeks at the Clinic and outlying villages to
provide medical, surgical, and dental care, along with construction teams who help maintain the Clinic grounds and buildings.
Our programs that focus on Maternal and
Infant Care, Malnutrition, and Vaccinations all work towards improving the well-being of Haiti’s next generations and
giving them the possibility of a healthier and brighter future.
- In five outlying villages of Thomassique alone, we administered over 7100 vaccinations given to infants
and children in the past year.
(A major factor
in the low survival rate of newborns and infants in Haiti is the lack of widespread immunization. According to UNICEF, in 2016 approximately one-fourth of deaths worldwide among children
under five were from pneumonia, diarrhea and measles, and could have been mostly prevented by vaccines.)
- This year, we provided 3400 prenatal consultations (including dispensing
supplements and medicines) that contribute to more safe deliveries. Over 450 babies were born at the Clinic, and over 2400
at-home births in the remote outlying villages were assisted by Matwons (Traditional Birth Attendants) who were trained at
(Every day over 800 women throughout the world die from preventable causes related to pregnancy
and childbirth, and 99% of those deaths happen in developing countries.)
- The Medika Mamba Program continues to fight childhood malnutrition by providing a nutritional
supplement to restore the health of malnourished children over a course of four to six weeks. Between 35-40 children have
been participating in this program month-to-month.
(In Haiti, malnutrition is a major threat to child health.
As many as 300,000 Haitian children suffer from chronic malnutrition, and up to half of child deaths in the country are caused
Read stories and updates about our programs on our blog.
All these accomplishments
are made possible by our supporters and volunteers.
If you are interested in
volunteering with us, learn more about volunteer opportunities.
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