MEDICAL EMERGENCY RELIEF INTERNATIONAL USA INC
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review 54
Issues: Disaster Aid
Location: 1600 K Street, NW Suite 450 Washington DC 20006 USA
Results: In 2011 Merlin offered direct health care services to over 10 million people in 16 countries.
Target demographics: Merlin offers health care to all. We prioritize children & mothers, and then women, the elderly and the disabled.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10 million people
Geographic areas served: Africa, the Middle East, south east Asia & Haiti
Programs: Offering primary (plus some secondary and tertiary) health care and nutrition in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Haiti. Training of national staff and volunteers to become high quality, health workers such as nurses & midwives. Responding in emergencies and preventing disease outbreaks. Building health facilities and co-ordinating outreach programs and mobile clinics Water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
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As a research student at UCLA, I recently visited Liberia (March/April 2011) and was able to see first hand, the extensive and sustained relief work being carried out by Merlin. Merlin has been in Liberia since 1997 and has stayed through the harrowing civil war helping save thousands of lives.
Liberia still has one of the worst health indicators in the world and very high maternal & infant mortality rates. Merlin is focussed on providing basic health services across the counties and also manages and runs hospitals providing free health care.
In my interactions with the Merlin field staff, I found them to very professional, focussed and committed in their work. They also have a strong leadership team and very closely works with the MoH (Ministry of Health) in building a sustainable health capacity and infrastructure.
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