We were made for such a time as this.
And so were you.

With more than 40 years of experience responding to disasters with life-saving medical interventions, we are bringing the best of what we have to fight this deadly pandemic. We are determined in our hope that this crisis can be overcome. That lives can be saved and communities healed.

We know that every crisis is different. Every response is unique. That’s why we’re nimble and agile. We pivoted our entire organization to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to support local health systems.

Your support made our response possible. We are stronger together. 

Bangladesh, boy getting temperature taken

The outpouring of generosity from supporters like you was incredible.

Here is some of what you helped accomplish:

  • COVID-19 Testing Clinics – As of June 2021, we helped screen over 32,000 people for COVID-19 in Oregon and Washington.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics – Equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine is essential to overcoming the pandemic. In Oregon and Washington, COVID-19 vaccination clinics are ongoing to bring the vaccine directly to people who lack access.
  • Isolation and Treatment Center – Our teams on the ground in the Rohingya Refugee Camp of Bangladesh operated a 50-bed COVID-19 isolation and treatment center.  
  • Preventing infections – All field staff are following guidelines from WHO and the CDC in order to prevent infections as they continue to bring life-saving medical care in refugee camps and other remote locations. 
  • Urgent dental care is ongoing, serving vulnerable populations in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Training Community Health Workers and Medical Staff – Our community health workers are on the front lines, providing COVID-19 awareness and prevention messaging and helping with tracing and medical referrals. Partnering with country governments, we’re helping train and equip local national medical staff on good COVID-19 practices.
  • Personal Protective Equipment – Thousands of gowns, face masks, exam gloves and safety glasses have been provided across the Pacific Northwest and are being put to use in places like Providence St. Joseph Health, the UW Medicine Emergency Department, Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, St. Charles Hospital in Bend, and Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle.

Internationally, we work in places where health care systems are weak due to disaster and conflict. As COVID-19 spread, it is more evident than ever that there are far too many vulnerable people and too few resources for their communities to handle this crisis.

With your gifts, you helped diagnose and treat patients with COVID-19 and protect health care workers as they fight this disease. Your gifts also trained community health workers to identify cases in refugee camps and share up-to-date information with vulnerable communities.

Your support ensured the people in crisis — people who were already suffering from a lack of resources — didn’t fall through the cracks during this crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What does your COVID-19 response look like in the U.S.?

A: We’re providing COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics in Washington and Oregon. So far we’ve helped provide 517 COVID-19 testing clinics, screening over 32,000 people.

Our COVID-19 vaccine clinics focus on bringing the vaccine directly to people who lack access. We’re doing this by partnering with community organizations to deliver the vaccine. Our vaccine clinics are reaching many people, including seasonal farmworkers, seafarers, those experiencing houselessness, rural communities and people of color. We are working with community members to share information about the vaccines and build trust.

Mobile Dental Clinics are providing urgent dental care in the Pacific Northwest. Dental pain, like many other urgent health concerns, doesn’t stop just because there is a pandemic happening. These clinics help keep dental patients out of Emergency Departments. 

Q:  What does your response look like in other countries?

 A: In many areas where we work – such as refugee camps – the spread of COVID-19 is devastating. In crowded refugee camps, disease can spread like wildfire. Many refugees have underlying conditions like malnutrition, malaria or respiratory infections, which make them more susceptible to COVID-19. Our teams are vigilant with COVID-19 precautions while continuing their daily work of saving lives from preventable causes.

Every challenge we face in the United States in the fight against COVID-19 is multiplied for people living in refugee camps. To put into context the density of refugee camps and the potential for a massive outbreak – in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, the population density is four times that of New York City – and standards for hygiene are much lower.

We are ensuring our country staff are equipped with everything they need to combat COVID-19 – including information on symptom identification and prevention measures. We are making sure our doctors, nurses and Community Health Workers have access to the PPE they need to provide medical care and share health messaging around the world.

Q: Is Medical Teams sending volunteers internationally right now?

A:  No. As of March 2020, all non-essential volunteer travel for our current programs has either been canceled or postponed.

Q: Is the Real Life Exhibit open?

A:  The Real Life Exhibit in Tigard, Oregon is closed until further notice due to health safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

While this museum remains closed, we’ve created an engaging digital version for you to enjoy at home with your friends and family. See our COVID-19 response in action with a free virtual tour.

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