Medicine For The World - Winter Newsletter 2019

MAP International publishes its quarterly Medicine For The World newsletter to share with its most passionate supporters meaningful stories of hope.

Read our latest newsletter below highlighting the stories of hope you made possible in 2018.

Our Partnership Begins With You

Dear Friend of MAP,

If you visited MAP International headquarters, you might be surprised. Our building is humble and is mostly a large warehouse where we sort and prepare medicines for the next shipment. Our staff is small—with fewer than 50 full-time employees.

There is nothing fancy about the MAP facility. It is efficient and effective for getting this important work done. I can tell you what else is effective about MAP. It is our partnerships.

Our partnership begins with you. We consider you a partner with MAP because, without your donation, we couldn’t do our work. This work starts the moment you visit our website to make a donation or sit down to write a check to support our mission. You truly begin the process of helping and healing.

It’s carried through with our faithful, diligent staff who assemble exactly the right medicines and health supplies needed in the mission field. This special partnership is then extended through dedicated organizations that share our passion for service as reflected in Matthew 25:36 and bring these urgently needed provisions that last mile.

This includes organizations like Convoy of Hope, which you can read about on the back cover. Organizations like Convoy help transport our medicines to the front lines of need. Their staffs and ours communicate regularly, helping us know exactly what type of medicine is needed. Nothing gets wasted.

The Carter Center is also an important partnership for us to reach those who need medicine and health supplies. One of the reasons President Carter is considered one of the greatest US Presidents is because of the extraordinary work he has done after he left the White House.

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The Carter Center team works effectively to meet the needs of people in West Africa who suffer from neglected tropical diseases and mental health issues. In places like Liberia, where civil war and the recent Ebola outbreak have taken their toll not only physically but also mentally, MAP provides medications through the Carter Center to help heal the body and the mind. 

Another form of partnership is with doctors, nurses and other health workers who take mission trips to countries where medicines are desperately needed. As Dr. Gerhart explains below, the medicines from MAP make all the difference in providing effective care in remote places. Every year, MAP provides mission packs to thousands of teams going overseas. The stories of healing they send back are breathtaking.

We also partner with many pharmaceutical companies who either donate medicines or sometimes make them available to us at a discount. These medicines are of the highest quality— the same treatments you would receive from your pharmacy—and are effective for many months or years to come.

Without all of our partners, MAP wouldn’t be effective. But with you, the results are nothing short of miraculous. As we celebrate more than 13 million people’s lives being touched in 2018, we bow our heads in thanks to the Lord and clap our hands, in thanks to friends like you. Please know that every single day, we give thanks for you, our partners. On behalf of the millions whose lives have been changed—and saved—by your support, thank you!

With deepest gratitude,

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Stories of Hope - Winter 2019

The Fruits of Your Support

How does MAP International touch so many lives and provide so much help? None of it would be possible without the support of donors like you.

In 2018 alone, medicines from MAP touched 13,648,909 lives. That means nearly two million pounds of medicine was distributed in 104 countries. The medicine includes antibiotics, wound care, oral rehydration solutions, pain relievers, decongestants, deworming pills, vitamins, and other life-changing treatments.

In addition, more than 30,000 Disaster Health Kits (DHK) were distributed during disasters overseas and abroad, including people in Lebanon who fled violence in Syria, victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Dominica, Haiti, Guatemala, Liberia, and Romania.

This also includes help provided to Americans in North and South Carolina following the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. MAP’s new Pediatric Antibiotic Initiative (PAI) touched the lives of thousands of children, with 26,000 treatments already distributed.

For those children, the antibiotics treated such conditions as strep, severe ear infections, skin infections, and kidney infections that might have never been treated otherwise and lead to life-long disabilities.

From the millions of people who have received treatment in 2018, we say thank you!

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 the inflammation 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.”

One day a mobile clinic came to Magdalena’s village. Her neighbors encouraged her to go but she felt so hopeless. Eventually, she gathered her courage and went to the mobile clinic where they welcomed her.

And most amazing, they told her that they had medicine, supplied by MAP, that could heal her.

For Magdalena it was a miracle. “After taking the medicine I looked in the mirror and I couldn’t believe it! I looked normal again,” she says. “My entire family praised God for my healing.

“I am so grateful to MAP for sending this medicine,” she says. “Now I am normal again. I can provide for my family and I have hope.”

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Portraits in Partnership - From Mission Trips to Facebook

Dr. Clark Gerhart has spent a lifetime meeting medical needs. For nearly three decades he has practiced as a surgeon in the U.S. while also serving those in need overseas on medical mission trips.

It was on those trips that he began to understand the vital mission of MAP.

“Even as a physician I cannot purchase large amounts of prescription medicine to take to those in need. What I could buy was extremely expensive,” he says. So he began taking donated samples from other physicians and pharmacies until he encountered another problem: “Even in a very poor country they had strict rules about expiration dates.”

As he searched for a more effective way to acquire medicine inexpensively for mission trips, he found MAP International. “The medications provided were invaluable on these trips, allowing us to provide medical care to people who had very little access to medicines.

“MAP packs are well organized with appropriate stock for the types of medical clinics we were working in. I experienced first hand what an incredibly important service MAP International is providing in meeting the medical needs of underserved people around the world.”

In 2012, Dr. Gerhart’s circumstances changed, and he stopped taking medical mission trips himself. “I have not forgotten the needs of medical care around the world, so I continued to support MAP. I became a monthly donor because the needs of people are ongoing so making a regular donation is essential.

“Then, on my birthday, I decided to share this mission with my friends on Facebook, allowing them to participate in supplying medical care for people around the world as well. I also was able to confidently assure my friends that the vast majority of their donations would go directly to meeting the medical needs of people around the world due to MAP’s extremely low administrative expenses.”

For Dr. Gerhart, sharing MAP’s mission on Facebook was a natural progression. “I often think of the people I have met in all the countries I have visited,” he says.

“They can’t reach into their medicine cabinets for medicine when they have a headache or cold. And it’s even less likely that they are getting the prescription medication they need for their chronic illnesses.

“The need is immense and overwhelming, but MAP is helping to address that problem, and I intend to support MAP in that mission as long as I can, in any way that I can. Even if it means using Facebook!”

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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 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.

A grant from Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation allows MAP to provide high-quality medicines for patients being treated for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and high cholesterol.

Providing medicines like those offered from MAP enabled Marcia to get back on her feet. Armed with her diabetes medicine and weekly counseling, she was able to steady her life and find employment. Marcia now works as a Certified Peer Specialist at Good Samaritan helping those who used to suffer like her.

“To see people who don’t normally have access to medicines and then they start getting medication…that’s when you see the transformation: the calmness, the hope and the knowledge that they have somewhere to go,” says Marcia, who understands the issues all too well.

In just the first year, MAP’s Domestic Medicine Program has served more than 1,800 people, with 60 percent of all patients showing improvement in their disease management.

For patients like Marcia, the help is simply life-changing. To learn more about how MAP is making a difference in the lives of
Americans, visit www.map.org/DMP

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