Past medical (and other!) ministry by Kristy Engel
On this page, you will be able to get an idea of the ministry projects that Kristy Engel has been a part of, including medical relief work in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010 and the cholera outbreak later that same year. Kristy believes in the whole health of a person, which includes mental, spiritual, educational and physical ministries, so her work has been diverse. She is welcome to ideas about new projects and will help you make the connections you need to serve in an area where you feel led.
Haiti 2010 earthquake and cholera relief
In January of 2010, Kristy was in a meeting at a hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic when the earthquake struck Haiti. Within 48 hours, Kristy had begun gathering supplies, visiting the border to assess the situation for crossing with a team and orienting more than 50 Dominican volunteers for their first trip to bring relief. She was able to lead teams to the most devastated areas on a weekly basis for over 4 months. Donations and volunteers coordinated through the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana and through International Ministries helped to make this possible. Later, Kristy returned to Haiti to help with cholera relief and an international team of health care workers.
While working in the Dominican Republic from 2000 to 2012, Kristy had the opportunity to lead hundreds of teams to the sugarcane village communities and provide much needed medical relief. During that time she began or helped direct many different programs including: malnutrition program for children, wellness program for hospital employees and the community, health promoter program, volunteer coordination, nutrition education, special needs children care, assistance to children needing to go to the US for care, an after-school program for children between the ages of 5-8 years old and living in the villages as well as coordination of the medical, dental and surgical teams that visited the Dominican Republic.
Ebola in Liberia
In the late fall of 2014, Kristy was able to join Medical Teams International (MTI) and their work in Monrovia, Liberia to help fight Ebola. She first went to Brussels, Belgium to train with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and other aid workers who would be working in the countries affected by Ebola. Kristy then joined the MTI team in Monrovia to begin training hospitals and clinics in infection prevention and control (IPC), waste management and setting up safe triage areas. MTI was in charge of over 130 health centers to try and get them safely opened up for basic primary care. Kristy worked with local health workers to train safe practices and monitor facilities.
Kristy finished a master's certificate course through Tufts University and the United Nations University on International Nutrition in August of 2013. For many years, Kristy has been concerned about the nutritional health of the children in areas where she is serving. With the information provided in this program, Kristy is now able to use her knowledge to develop, assess and evaluate nutritional programs throughout the region and the world where she is invited to work. She has participated in protein fortification programs, food programs, children's nutrition programs involving education and supplementation as well as anti-parasite programs.