Physicians and Medical Students Provide Care for Haitians with Medical Teams International

(SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 1, 2010)—Three volunteer Seattle medical professionals leave for Haiti on Friday, Sept. 3 to care for the ongoing health needs of the Haitian community. The team will coordinate medical care from the Medical Teams International field office in Port-au-Prince which opened after the disaster struck. The team will be in Haiti for two weeks.

Since the earthquake hit, Medical Teams International has sent more than 100 medical professionals and provided more than $5 million in medicines and other supplies for 186,000 people .

Team members include:

• Dr. Christine Harmon, an Urgent Care Physician at Multi-Care in Tacoma. She is the team leader.

• Elizabeth Harmon, from Tacoma. She is a third year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

• Elizabeth Stuhlmiller, a medical student from Spokane. She is a third year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

• They will be joined by Dr. Gwen Unzicker, a Family Practice Doctor from Grand Rapids, Mich. She works for Spectrum Health Medical Group.

The team will work in Port-au-Prince at the BoJeu Clinic and the Belot Clinic.  They will work alongside churches that are providing primary health care at local clinics.

Other Medical Teams News:

Medical Teams International Ships Lifesaving Medicines to Zimbabwe

Medical Teams International shipped $960,459 worth of medicines to fight diseases to Zimbabwe last week.  These medicines are being used to restock hospitals and clinics operated by partners, International Orthodox Christian Charities and the Greek Orthodox Church of Zimbabwe.  The kits will provide enough medicines to treat up to 50,000 people.

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Interviews available upon request.

Lee Keller   
206-799-3805 (cell)   
lee@thekellergroup.com    

Marlene Minor 
503.341.6620  
mminor@medicalteams.org        

Medical Teams International is a Christian global health organization that empowers communities to live full and healthy lives. They work with grassroots organizations, churches and ministries of health to ensure that our projects fit seamlessly into local contexts. Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than $1.4 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 25 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2,000 volunteers meet the needs of people worldwide each year.

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