From the desk of Steve Stirling: MAP Turns 65!

Turning 65 often brings thoughts of retirement. But here at MAP, we’re celebrating our 65th birthday and we’re just getting started!

Thanks to your generous support, MAP has touched the lives of millions and millions of people, providing life-changing and life saving medicines when they were in greatest need. We’ve made incredible progress over the years…but there’s still so much more to do.

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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

Eyes Wide Open in Burundi

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your child is sick and you’re powerless to help them.

This was the case for the parents of seven-year-old, Keza from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Keza unfortunately developed premature cataracts which unknowingly robbed her of her eyesight. What started as infrequent headaches and sensitivity to light progressed to cloudy vision and near complete blindness. She was unable to attend school because of her inability to see the chalkboard or read books clearly. Not knowing what would happen to their precious child, Keza's parents were experiencing their worst fears – who would help them?


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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

What Are You Doing this Summer?

This summer, thousands of Americans will use precious vacation days to visit some of the neediest countries in the world. They will join volunteers from their church, school, hospital or community organization on a mission trip.

Mission trips provide much-needed volunteer help in some of the most resource-poor communities in the world.  But the focus of the modern mission trip has changed. Instead of Americans going to direct others how to live, most trips are led by local leaders who instruct the volunteers on where they are needed, and how theycan best help the community.

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Q & A: 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

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.

We had come from the US to the Dominican Republic to help a small church with a building project and their Vacation Bible School. But when the pastor found out we could bring medicine and medical supplies, he was thrilled. “We’ll host a pop up clinic!” he told us in English.

The concept sounded oddly trendy in the dusty community just outside Santo Domingo, but we were happy to follow the pastor’s lead. He arranged for three local doctors and a med student to volunteer and the night before the clinic, we all sorted the medicine and vitamins we had brought from MAP and made a list of what was available.

Topics: Medicines Dominican Republic medical missions

Medicine and Hope in Honduras

When members of MAP staff walked into the clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, they were surprised by the long line of patients. Many of those waiting were local farmers or fishermen and had traveled for hours to the community health center hoping to see a doctor, or to obtain much-needed medicine. 

The line of patients wrapped around the waiting room and out the door.

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Promises Not Made but Promises Kept

The beautiful little girl from a farming village in the central highlands of Vietnam could not walk nor use her hands.

She was born without a right foot. The congenital disorder also caused severely deformed hands with fewer than five fingers.

Her parents carried her on most occasions. They wondered what the future held for her living in such a remote, rural area.

They were unable to afford a trip to the hospital from their village – medical care was a luxury.

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'This is going to be a long road'

Like the rest of the world, MAP International is shocked and saddened by the images emerging from Puerto Rico, Dominica and other parts of the Carribean showing islands decimated by Hurricane Maria.  With damage not witnessed in nearly 100 years, all of Puerto Rico is without power and is not expected to see it restored for three to six months.

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