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
Spring of 2014 marked the beginning of the largest Ebola outbreak that the world had ever seen. MTI has been working in Liberia for over a decade. 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 virus. As of April 2014, there has not been a positive case for the virus in Liberia. MTI provided safety education and training for communities, families, and health clinics in seven counties serving 726,000 people.
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.