Medical Missionaries June 2022

In June, we wished all our fathers a Happy Father’s Day and celebrated families around the world. We also observed World Refugee Day and the strength, resilience, and courage of refugees around the globe. 

In this month’s newsletter, we spotlight one of our long running projects, which recently was published in the Journal of Global Health Reports.  We also want you to save the date (October 16) to join us for our 25th Anniversary event at  Doukénie Winery. 

Spotlight: The Breadfruit Project

Medical Missionaries is proud to announce a new published paper that highlights work done by the St. Joseph Clinic staff, our Global Health Fellows and others. The paper “Addressing malnutrition and food insecurity with Breadfruit in a rural, developing country: a case study and lessons learned in Thomassique, Haiti” is authored by John M Klyver, Inga Haugen, Logan Schulz, Wiscard-Kardin LaPais, Charles Saint-Fleur, Samuel J Starke, Jason Piersaint, Anael S Rizzo, and Kyra M Sarazen.

Centrau Plateau region of Haiti
Centrau Plateau region of Haiti

The paper details the hardship of Haiti’s Central Plateau in dealing with food insecurity. For example, one in five children of the Central Plateau suffers from malnutrition, and the region exhibits a devastating 30% rate of child stunting. Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellows partnered with local Haitian leadership, a local agronomist, and Trees That Feed Foundation to introduce breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) and an innovative development model to combat local malnutrition.

Maturing breadfruit cuttings.
Maturing breadfruit cuttings.

Read the rest of this peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Global Health Reports. We also have articles and pictures on our website.

Fundraising News

Fund raiser at Doukenie Winery
Fund raiser at Doukenie Winery

Save the Date – 25th Anniversary Celebration at Doukénie Winery – Join us as we celebrate Medical Missionaries 25th Anniversary with wine, food, and entertainment at Doukénie Winery on Sunday, October 16, 2022. It will be a fun day to meet up with old friends, make new ones and share stories about your time with Medical Missionaries over the years.

Request – Newborn Clothes and Diapers for Mommy & Baby Packs

Request “newborn” clothes and diapers for the Mommy & Baby Packs. The packs contain several items for the new moms who have just gone through childbirth in addition to newborn outfits and diapers. We also include bibs, booties, hats and blankets, many of them lovingly handmade by our volunteers. If you have new “newborn” size clothes, diapers, baby blankets, or accessories, please drop them off or mail them to our office at 9590 Surveyor Court, Manassas, VA 20110. Thank you

Request – Food Pantry Donations

Our pantry continues to need food items to support the Rocklick Pantry program in Grundy, Appalachia. Any items you can donate are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Manassas office or can be purchased online through our Amazon Smile list. If you do send items to the office, please give the office a heads up so they can be on the lookout for the packages. The office can be reached at 703-335-1800. Thank you!

We always need more of the following canned goods:

  • Meat (chicken, corned beef, etc)
  • Fish (tuna, salmon, etc)
  • Stew
  • Chili
  • Soup
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Peanut butter   Cereal  Rice
  • Pasta
  • Grain products
  • Powdered milk

Supplies and Equipment On the Move

Mother of Mercy Medical Clinic/Catholic Charities donated four brand new play pens and a car seat. We are thankful for their collaboration.

ECHO Delivery: The ECHO team delivered a load of medical supplies and items. Tom, one of their volunteers has been driving the donations to Medical Missionaries for years and is moving on. We appreciate all his work and look forward to continuing the collaboration with his team at ECHO. We wish Tom all the best!

Truck delivering medical supplies to an overseas clinic
Container loaded on a truck on its way to a clinic.

Sierra Leone: Our team along with other volunteers loaded a 40 foot sea container on June 3rd that was sent to Sierra Leone. Curious about our sea containers and the journey they take? Check out our blog.

Support Medical Missionaries mission of helping the poorest of the poor.

You can help Medical Missionaries by donating money, donating supplies or volunteeringMany hands make light work. We thank you for your support!

Medical Missionaries Holiday Toy Drive

Bring joy to the children of the Appalachia region of Southwest Virginia by donating to Medical Missionaries Holiday Toy Drive. Grundy is a poor community in Southwest, Virginia where many live in poverty

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Annual Appeal Letter 2022

Medical Missionaries 25th Anniversary year is coming to an end, and we are asking you to help make it go out with a bang! Read Dr Irwin’s Annual Appeal letter and donate!

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Medical Missionaries October 2022

Medical Missionaries celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Doukénie winery. It was the culmination of events throughout 2022 that have highlighted Medical Missionaries work in the community and around the world.

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Medical Missionaries Sep 2022 

Read our September newsletter and find out about our 25th Anniversary Celebration at Doukėnie Winery on October 16th, St Joseph Clinic update and how the community continues to support and be supported by Medical Missionaries.

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