Medical Teams International Programs
MTI began its Mobile Dental Program in 1989 to respond to the crisis of untreated oral disease. Today, throughout the Pacific Northwest, MTI has 12 motor homes converted into dental clinics, and hundreds of volunteer dental professionals who care for low-income children and adults, including the elderly, homeless and disabled. In FY14, MTI delivered $7.4 million in dental care to nearly 17,700 people, strictly on the basis of need, at little or no cost to patients.
MTI responds to natural and man-made disasters within 48 hours. Since 1979, MTI has reached survivors of genocide, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and complex humanitarian crises. We focus on developing high-impact relief, rehabilitation and risk-reduction programs to provide emergency health care.
We build local partner and health personnel capacity through training, and support community-based health and development programs. We ship containers of essential medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics. Our long-term goal is to rebuild lives by transitioning survivors into community development programs.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In April 2015 we responded to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. We sent a team of highly trained volunteer medical professionals to provide medical assistance to earthquake victims. MTI's initial urgent humanitarian response is now transitioning into a broader early recovery program, including restoration of heath services in local health facilities.
MTI has worked in Liberia for over a decade. In 2014, because of our expertise and trusted presence, we were asked to take on a leadership role among NGOs in Liberia to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. MTI provided safety education and training for communities, families, and health clinics in seven counties serving 726,000 people. Although the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola free on May 9, 2015, the virus is still active in neighboring countries, and MTI and other NGOs are transitioning into a recovery phase to strengthen capacity and scale up infection prevention and control protocols.
We are currently working in Lebanon, providing care for Syrian refugees. The Syrian refugee influx is becoming a "time bomb" in Lebanon - politically, socially, and environmentally. MTI is implementing a primary health care project to provide for the basic health needs of Syrian refugees who do not have access to health services.