The Fall 2019 MAP Newsletter is full of good news and exciting stories about how your support is making a difference in the world. We are so very grateful that you are partners with us in this life-changing ministry.
Without you, none of this work would be possible and so many would struggle unnecessarily with disease, poor health, and chronic illness. Some of the highlights of this issue include:
The moving story of Brenda, a young mother in Guatemala making just $19/week while trying to support her two children. MAP medicine, provided free of charge, restored her daughter’s health.
A glimpse at Ethne Health, a remarkable clinic in Georgia that treats patients from all over the world. We are grateful to serve the people at the Ethne clinic with life-changing medicine through our Domestic Medicine Program.
A review of MAP’s program to fight Chagas, a disease that infects millions in Central and South America.
An introduction to one of MAP’s board members, Abidemi Oseni-Oyebode (“Abi”). The daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and a pharmacist by training, Abi has lived in a number of countries and knows that access to quality medicine is something we take for granted in the US.
Brenda, a single mother of two, is employed as a domestic worker, washing and ironing clothes.
She makes just $19 per week, barely enough to feed her and her two children, a daughter age 2, and a son age 10.
Her job offers no benefits. She has no vacation, no insurance, and no job security. If she misses work due to illness, she loses her job.
Neither child is able to attend school because she cannot pay the school fees. The family lives in the area of Jocotillo, Guatemala.
The land that Brenda and her children live on is located on the banks of a ravine and does not have adequate sanitation. The family uses firewood to cook. The smoke from the fire often contributes to respiratory problems.
Brenda’s two-year-old daughter became so sick recently that she had difficulty breathing. She had a bad cough and was running a fever.
Brenda knew she needed help, so she made her way to the closest clinic, located 2 km from her home. Supported by the Order of Malta, the clinic also receives support from Food for the Poor and pediatric antibiotics from MAP International through its Bringing Children Health program. At the clinic, Brenda and her daughter met Dr. Yusimil Carranza (all seen above), or “Dr. Yusi” as everyone calls her.
A highly trained pediatrician, Dr. Yusi chooses to work in the clinic primarily serving some of the poorest families in Guatemala instead of taking a more lucrative job in private practice. “I love these families,” she says.
“Serving them is a privilege.” When Dr. Yusi examined Brenda’s daughter, she diagnosed her with acute pneumonia and was able to treat her with pediatric amoxicillin, thanks to MAP. Brenda couldn’t have paid for the medicine and was so grateful that her daughter could receive the treatment free.
“Too often children go untreated because their parents can’t afford medicine,” said Dr. Yusi. “This can lead to chronic, life-long problems and even death.” After taking the medicine, the little girl’s condition improved and she was back to her normal self.
Dr. Yusi made sure the antibiotics were used properly and that the little girl had completely recovered.
Every life saved. Every child cured starts with your generous act of love. Your gifts make our mission possible.
For every dollar you contribute, you help MAP International provide more than $68 in donated medicines and health supplies to people in need.
We can make this statement because MAP International receives generous donations of medicines and health supplies and has relatively low expenses.
Last year alone, we were able to provide nearly $523 million in medicine and health supplies with just over $10 million in total cash expenses, including $7.6 million in program expenses.
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