Newsletter - July 2011

In this issue:

-    Providing Help in the U.S. and Abroad

-    Dedicated Volunteer, Betty Lear

-    Cholera Update

A Day in a Cholera Clinic in Haiti

-   Alabama Tornado Relief

-    Be An Angel!

-    Medical Missionaries Chapters Continue to Contribute

- Help Wanted 

  Urgent Appeal:

Our response to the cholera epidemic has severely impacted our finances.  Please click on the "Donate" button below to help us continue these vital services to the people of Thomassique, Haiti.

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President’s Message

Gilbert R. Irwin, MD

As the volunteer non-profit organization Medical Missionaries reviews the recent past and prepares for the future, more challenges appear on the horizon. Entering the fifteenth year of working to help the "Poorest of the POOR", the many supporters and volunteers can look back on the thousands of people who have been directly reached via the active programs locally and abroad. Health supplies and equipment have been distributed to many needy people in the greater Washington, DC area, Indian reservations in South Dakota, and Appalachia.  Katrina hurricane, Alabama tornado and Tsunami are some of the unexpected environmental disasters that Medical Missionaries played a part in by providing relief aid.  At this time, over 100 sea containers of equipment and supplies have been sent to 38 foreign nations to help build infrastructure in very poor areas of the world. Food programs in Haiti and Dominican Republic to feed malnourished people and babies are in place for the last 3 years.  The completion and maintenance of our clinic/hospital in Thomassique, Haiti provides the only health care for 125,000 rural Haitians.  Working with Project Hope and the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Medical Missionaries has provided medicines to over 150 medical teams across the USA, allowing those teams to treat many thousands of patients in the clinics they operate in many countries throughout the world. 

From all these programs, networking with other groups, and dealing with the daily problems of survival (side by side with the truly poor), Medical Missionaries has grown in insight and experience. Earthquakes, famine, and acute/chronic diseases, are daily ventures for our dedicated volunteers.

With the experience gained from the past trials, Medical Missionaries is now preparing for the future and improving operational efficiency by reorganizing our hospital in Haiti (which is currently overrun with many cases of cholera), increasing efforts to network and partner with other groups, and coordinating our many relief efforts in the USA. These efforts are being made to maximize benefits of all donations made by supporters of Medical Missionaries to allow for continuity and longevity of the organization, directly helping the POOR. During these difficult economic times in the USA, please be assured that over 99 cents of every dollar donated goes to help somewhere in the world including the USA.  Your donation and sacrifice makes a great difference to all the programs. Thank you for your continued support. Please go to our web site, medmissionaries.org for detailed articles on items mentioned above.

Finally, I ask you to save October 29, 2011 on your calendar for a new Fall fundraiser for Medical Missionaries.  Check out our preliminary plans.

 

 

  You Can Help Medical Missionaries: Donate now to support our clinic or health related projects;  Form a Medical Missionaries Chapter in your area;  Volunteer to help in the U.S. or abroad.

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Medical Missionaries' partners in improving health

 
 
Project Hope
 
 
 

Feed My Starving Children

 Meds & Food for Kids

 Project Hope

 Catholic Medical
Mission Board

 Klorfasil

 Vitamin Angels  


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