Merlin USA is an independent US non-profit organization. It shares the aims and objectives of the British charity Merlin UK and supports and funds Merlin UK's vital health care and emergency medical relief programs and operations around the world. Merlin specializes in health, saving lives in times of crisis and helping to rebuild shattered health systems worldwide.
How We Work
Merlin works within existing health systems to realize everyone’s right to accessible, appropriate, affordable health care.
What We Stand For
We are committed to helping build lasting health services which are used and championed by everyone.
We are specialists in rapid medical response and rebuilding health systems, effectively taking countries from emergency to recovery.
We are undaunted by the challenges of providing health care to vulnerable people living in the most difficult, forgotten and remote corners of the world.
We are determined to make health a global priority; giving people caught up in conflict, disaster and health system collapse the chance to lead healthy lives.
We care for people at risk, for the lives of the people we work to save, and for the safety of our staff. We are accountable to our patients, partners, supporters and donors. And we keep our promise: to stay on, beyond the crisis, for as long as we are needed.
WHAT WE DO
Responding to natural disasters
-Cyclone Nargis devastated the Ayyarwaddy Delta area of Myanmar in May 2008, leaving more than 130,000 people dead or missing and a million forced from their homes. The cyclone also claimed the lives of one-third of the 550 health workers that Merlin trained. Some survivors lost their entire families. Yet they and Merlin teams treated the injured within days of the cyclone, distributing food and materials for repairing damaged homes and repairing water supplies to prevent outbreaks of disease.
-Merlin responded to severe floods in Bangladesh, Uganda and westernPakistan in 2007 that left millions homeless. Medical teams traveled by jeep, in boats, and sometimes on foot to reach the affected areas.
Saving lives in times of conflict
-In Darfur (Sudan), Merlin’s 10 fixed and nine mobile health clinics help thousands of people who have fled their villages to escape the violence in the region, as well as to the populations who now host them. About 270,000 people are treated each year.
-When large-scale violence broke out in Kenya over the presidential elections in December 2007, Merlin was the first medical agency to respond, running mobile health clinics for 40,000 refugees in the Nakuru and Nyanza districts.
-In mid-2007, cholera and measles – a major killer of children – swept through the masses of people displaced by conflict in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Merlin mobile health teams performed mass measles vaccinations and set up cholera treatment programs. Disease rates dropped dramatically.
-In Kenya, Merlin is working with the government on malaria prevention and treatment programs; HIV/AIDS prevention, behavior change and treatment projects; and on tuberculosis control through early diagnosis and better treatment. This model of comprehensive care is being copied in many parts of Africa. More than 110,000 people a year are benefiting.
Rebuilding health systems
-Merlin established a community midwife education system in Takhar Province, Afghanistan, where 86 per cent of women give birth without a skilled attendant and the maternal mortality rate is the second highest in the world, at 1,900 per 100,000 live births.
-Following the destruction of Liberia’s health infrastructure during the civil war, Merlin worked in seven counties to provide health care, water and sanitation, and repair health facilities and train health staff for a population of 1.7 million people.