At the Refugee Accommodation Center in Moldova, four-year-old Eva joins Medical Teams International’s “kindergarten sessions.” These sessions provide psychological support and are held twice a week for children to deal with the trauma from war through child-friendly discussions and play. Eva and her family escaped from their home in Ukraine after airstrikes targeted the surrounding […]
Health and wellness looks different in every country and on every continent. What some may regard as a right in one country, is inaccessible or scarce in another. Global health represents the environments that affect physical, social and mental well-being for all humans.
Seven months ago, life for 40-year-old Burhani felt peaceful and safe. Living in Humera, Ethiopia, Burhani owned a small retail store and the business was prosperous. The conditions in the city were stable and his store was bringing in enough income to provide for his wife and one-year-old son. But then war broke out. In […]
It feels like a lifetime ago that the image of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, made global headlines. That tragic image shocked the world. It brought attention to the conflict in Syria that has forced millions of people from their homes. This month marks ten years since the […]
“We must walk from here,” I’m told as the car halts to an abrupt stop. My colleagues and I are on our way to visit a young boy and his grandmother who have been receiving medical care from our teams. The long and rough dirt road we’ve been traveling has ended and we must now […]
The name Medical Teams International may conjure up images of volunteers travelling around the world to treat patients. However, sometimes, the greatest need is right here at home in the U.S. – and Medical Teams International is working to meet that need, as well. For over 40 years and in over 40 countries, their volunteers […]
Our team first met Harun in 2018, when he was 8 years old and had narrowly escaped the brutal violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. The story of how his family became refugees — and the trauma he experienced — is heartbreaking. Recently, our team had an opportunity to visit Harun again and find out […]
When Nur Ankiz began feeling pain in her abdomen, she knew she was about to give birth. At first, the pain seemed normal to the mother of 12. It turned out to be anything but. Nur Ankiz fell to the floor in a full-body spasm, screaming out in agony. She was lying on the dirt […]