MAP INTERNATIONAL'S HEALTH & HOPE BLOG

One treatment at a time…

Mafraq, Jordan-The clinic waiting room was already filling up when the young woman walked in, carrying a baby in one arm and holding the hand of a little girl. She looked exhausted and the baby was whimpering as the little girl coughed heavily. Clearly, the entire family was very ill.

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MAP International Rushes Medicine and Supplies to Syrian Refugees Caught in Escalating Humanitarian Crisis

BRUNSWICK, Ga., Jan. 12, 2017—MAP International is responding to the Syrian refugee crisis by delivering urgently needed medicines and emergency supplies to people who have fled to neighboring Jordan for safety. The U.N. Refugee Agency estimates 6.3 million people are internally displaced, and are desperately in need of medical assistance and care after escaping their war-torn home country.

MAP International—along with more than 80 doctors, nurses and health representatives from its partner organization, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)—delivered medical packs to refugees in Amman, Jordan, this week. The packs contain antibiotics, oral rehydration salts, pain relievers, cough and cold medicine, basic first-aid supplies, vitamins, personal hygiene supplies and surgical gloves.

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Reflections on a Journey to Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia--I've been to a number of countries in Africa over the past 15 years, but this was my first visit to Liberia.  Liberians are resilient and gracious people.  They have prevailed against more than 12 years of civil war which tore apart the country, including the health systems.  In 2005, Liberians elected their first woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She has dedicated herself to rebuild the country (Dr. James Sirleaf, son of the president, serves on MAP's board). 

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CNBC Report Ranks Georgia-Based MAP International #2 Among “Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016”

MAP is a Christian global health organization that provides medicine and medical supplies to people living in conditions of poverty. In 2016, the nonprofit offered assistance in more than 100 regions and countries including the hurricane in Haiti, earthquake in Honduras, Zika epidemic in Central America, and floods in the United States.

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The World's Vunerable are Losing

First published in The Saporta report on November 14, 2016.

In the lead up to and aftermath of the recent presidential election, Americans have focused on winners and losers. They have watched endless coverage of the campaign, the election and now the analysis. Social media is lit up with debates and political hashtags.

Meanwhile, the most vulnerable people in the world have become almost invisible. The refugee crisis has disappeared from our television screens. The Zika epidemic is gone. And the people of Haiti are left to deal with the clean up from Hurricane Matthew and the cholera crisis with almost no attention.

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Americans Too Distracted by Election to Notice Haitian Suffering After Hurricane Matthew

First published in The Christian Post on October 25, 2016.

The same day that the now-infamous tape of Trump speaking poorly of women was released, Hurricane Matthew was hitting the Caribbean hard. Two days later, during the second presidential debate, Secretary Clinton expressed frustration that Donald Trump was all about distractions that night. Much like the presidential candidates are trying to distract the American people from their downfalls, Americans are in turn being distracted from things that are a matter of life and death.

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Holding My Gaze on Haiti

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means, where I live, that the emergency siren was tested at 10a.m. Poised to sound in the event of a tornado or other dangers, it’s a long, shrill sound, starting up like an air raid signal, swirling and filling the sky. I’ve lived here in the suburbs of Chicago for most of my life, so I barely notice the test. But this morning when it broke the morning’s silence, my thoughts—though not far from it at the time—were wrenched back to Haiti, where in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a real emergency continues.

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MAP International Rushes Medicine & Disaster Relief Supplies to Haiti

Brunswick, Ga., Oct. 4, 2016—MAP International, a Christian health and relief organization, is responding to the devastation in Haiti. The organization is delivering urgently needed medicines and emergency supplies to those caught in the destruction of Hurricane Matthew.

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A New Adventure

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Twenty years ago, I traveled to Mexico as a member of a humanitarian missions construction team. I don’t know what I was expecting but I found myself, homesick, damp, cold, and bewildered. The level of poverty in the community where we were serving was beyond anything I had ever seen or experienced. Somehow, by the time I returned home, I was ready to repack my bags and travel to another country. Since then, I have traveled to sixteen different countries on thirty-five mission trips.

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10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most prestigious charity monitor, has not only rated MAP International as a 4 Star charity once again, but has also given MAP a PERFECT 100 score! Today, Charity Navigator released the following ranking calling MAP "one of the 10 best charities everyone's heard of".

Charity Navigator says MAP executes our mission in a “fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities.”

MAP earned perfect scores in Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. We are 100 percent committed to bringing health and hope to children and families with the most need in over 100 countries around the world.

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