Dale Hanson Bourke

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MAP Disaster Health Kits: Comfort in times of disaster

Celestina was sound asleep when the winds began to shake her simple home. Within minutes, the water rushed in and she realized that she and her baby were in grave danger.

What Celestina didn’t know was that she was in the middle of Cyclone Idai, one of the most powerful and deadly storms to ever hit Africa last March.

Living in rural Mozambique, she had no warning system and no way to prepare for the winds that reached 175 mph and floods that would displace more than 1.85 million people and claim more than a thousand lives.

All Celestina (shown below) knew--as she grabbed her two-year-old son, Manual--was that she needed help.

“We saw that the situation was terrible so we took what we could and moved to a new place,” she said. With little food and supplies, Celestina and others held on as best they could. Some climbed trees to escape the flood waters and the deadly snakes that were swimming through them.

Even though this disaster was unfolding thousands of miles away, your donation to MAP was already at work.

As soon as the call about the cyclone came in, MAP prepared an Interagency Emergency Health Kit, filled with enough medicine and supplies to help 10,000 people for three months. We also shipped individual Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) that had already been assembled by volunteers. Within days, the shipment was sent to Mozambique.

The precious MAP Disaster Health Kit has made a huge difference to Celestina and Manual. “All things in the bag will help us,” she said. 

Most recently, MAP responded in a similar way to Hurricane Dorian's destruction in the Bahamas by airlifting DHKs and sending medicine and health supplies for people in need there. The number of lives that have been lost is still unknown, weeks after the storm. But the estimates are truly devastating, and those that did survive are now homeless.  

The free life-saving medicine, the health kits, the comfort in time of disaster…. these are all the results of your generous investment in MAP and our mission to bring God’s love to those in the greatest need. 

But with your help, thousands can be treated.  Won’t you take a moment now to send what you can to save a life now in the Bahamas?

On behalf of Celestina, Manual and those in the Bahamas who have already received medicine,  we thank you.

Help Send Disaster Relief 

 

 

Topics: disaster relief hurricane dorian bahamas

How does MAP choose which medicines to provide to those in need?

Have you ever wondered how MAP chooses which medicines to provide those in need?  

Great question! 

Although there are thousands of medicines available, the World Health Organization estimates that just 40 essential medicines can treat 90 percent of the illnesses in the world.

Topics: Medicines

Showing Love with Medicine Worldwide

MAP International's mission of providing medicines and health supplies to people in need extends to all corners of the globe.

We recently received this story from a US mission team who believed they were traveling to the Dominican Republic to help with construction and Vacation Bible School. They ended up performing these duties and extending grace in ways they never imagined:

People began to line up just as the sun was rising. By 8 am, the line circled the entire block with the small church in the center.

Topics: Medicines Dominican Republic matching gift

Antibiotics For A Special Child

To Albertina and her husband, every child is a gift from God. So even though her seven children were almost grown, she was thrilled to discover she was pregnant again.

And when her son was born with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, she continued to celebrate his birth, even though her family lives in a poor barrio outside Guatemala City.

“He’s my baby and I love him so much,” she says, as she kisses Froilan’s cheek. A teenager now, her son is never considered a burden, even though Albertina must carry him or push him in a makeshift wheelchair.

Topics: Dominican Republic Medicine for the World antibiotics Pediatric Antibiotics

Stopping seizures, saving lives

Today, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, MAP International joins in support of children around the world who have autism and their families who provide special care for them.

For families living in poverty, caring for a disabled child can be difficult if not impossible. Without the necessary therapies, equipment or medicines, families are easily overwhelmed. And many developing countries provide little or no government support.

Sadly, unable to care for their disabled children, some families simply abandon them. In the Dominican Republic, some families leave their children at Casa de Luz (“House of Light”), a private facility that cares for children with a variety of disabilities.

Topics: Medicine for the World

Bringing Hope to Our Neighbors

During her worst times, the days were long and the nights seemed endless for Marcia Emerson.

Marcia was living out of her car in Atlanta, Ga., homeless, lonely and in need of medical assistance. She was unable to afford her diabetes medication, which made her anxious and contributed to her depression.

Fortunately, Marcia (pictured right) found a place she could go to get help. The Good Samaritan Health Center was a refuge in Marcia’s darkest times. The community health center, located on the west side of Atlanta, offers free medications, physician’s visits  and  a hot meal.

“When folks come here, they are treated like real people. We’re not just put on the back burner,” she says. “We’re treated like Christ would’ve treated us.”

People like Marcia are why MAP launched its Domestic Medicine Program (DMP). This partnership with the Good Samaritan Health Center and other charitable clinics in the state of Georgia provides medicines at no cost to uninsured and underinsured citizens who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system.

Topics: newsletter domestic medicine program atlanta

How Magdelena Came to Shine

“It started with a small sore on my face,” remembers Magdalena. “But soon my entire face was swollen and deformed.”

Magdalena lives in rural Haiti, far away from a clinic. So she suffered as inflammation on her face spread and her pain became almost unbearable. “It was very painful,” she says, “but I was also ashamed because I looked so ugly. No one wanted to look at me.

“I had terrible headaches and I couldn’t sleep because of the pain. Because of that I couldn’t work or care for my family. I thought I would die and I worried what would happen to my children.”

Topics: Haiti life-changing medicines newsletter

A Gift of Health For A Gifted Student - Dulce Maria's Dream

Dulce Maria is an excellent student. She never misses school and at just 10 years old, she is mature beyond her years.

That’s why it surprised her teacher when she had a hard time paying attention in class and began to rest her head on her desk. Soon it became apparent that Dulce Maria was very ill.

“I touched her forehead and she was hot to the touch. She said her head and throat hurt,” said her teacher, Edna Galicia. “But despite her illness, she did not want to miss school.”

Dulce Maria lives in a rural area of the Guatemalan municipality of San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán.

During the week, her mother works in a nearby town processing sugar cane, so she lives with her grandmother. But her grandmother has no cell phone and the nearest clinic is a three-hour walk away. Her grandmother watched her growing more and more ill, but there was nothing she could do.

Help Change A Child's Life

Finally, her teacher alerted Dr. Mayra Franco at the town clinic about Dulce Maria’s condition. Dr. Mayra, as she prefers to be called, spends most mornings in the clinic and then makes “house calls” during the afternoons to the citizens living in outlying rural areas. So Dr. Mayra made the long journey to check on Dulce Maria.

Topics: Medicine for the World Pediatric Antibiotics

"God Has Not Forgotten Us"

Edna Paz, her husband and five children, live in a poor rural area of Guatemala. Unemployment is high and her husband works whenever he can find an odd job. Edna feels fortunate to have regular employment as a domestic worker. She earns about $13/week—the only regular income her family can expect.

But recently Edna had to miss work and risk losing her job because her daughter, Karen, was seriously ill. Just six-years-old, Karen loves school and continued going to classes even when she had a fever. But every day she became more ill. Her head hurt and her ear ached so much that she cried out in her sleep.

One day she woke up with blood coming from her ear.

Topics: life-changing medicines guatemala

Lessons of Faith in the Midst of Disaster

(Photo: Survivors of the Fuego Volcano eruption fill the church in Escintia, Guatemala)

As parishioners filed out of the morning church service in Escuintla, Guatemala, on a warm June day, some were complaining. Why did they have to keep sitting on plastic chairs?

Topics: disaster health kits volcano guatemala

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