LTL is working in conjunction with ADRA to expand their reach and promote hopes to reduce the high incidence of infant mortality in the region.
Midwives, nurses, ultrasound specialists, and medical evaluation professionals comprise our annual team.
LearnToLive has developed a partnership with the well established global NGO ADRA. LearnToLive has developed a program focused on maternal child health and reproductive education in the region of Mok Mai, where ADRA has a long standing presence. Infant mortality and childhood malnutrition are high in this area, and by combining ADRA’s infrastructure along with LTL’s expertise we are looking to substantially reduce the rates of childhood deaths and improve overall maternal childhood health in the area.
Mok Mai is a very isolated and impoverished district near the Vietnamese border, most of the villagers lack primary education and have access to only very basic health care. ADRA has done work there expanding access to clean water and sanitation, and now we are working together on maternal child health care and education. Our founder Yanti Turang and Dr. Rocky Mollere have developed a two tier program that focuses on educating young women and men about health and increasing the knowledge of the already present Traditional Birth Attendants.
In 2015 LTL delivered a comprehensive ultrasound education program. LTLSCAN was delivered to the local clinicians at the District hospital in Mok Mai. The team was lead by Dr. Marsia Vermeulen and Dr. Nicole Kaban from NYC along with two NYU fellows. The team delivered a series of lectures to the local clinicians along with interactive sessions with two ultrasound machines. LTL and ADRA donated a brand new ultrasound machine to the hospital, which provides a much needed resource to help people in the region lead healthy, happy and productive lives.
We aim to reduce the rate of child mortality in Mok Mai as well as educate young men and women about their reproductive health.
of births in Laos are attended by a skilled Health Professional.
of maternal deaths could be eliminated if unplanned pregnancies are prevented.
Founder / Executive Director / Registered Nurse
Born in Australia and now residing in New Orleans, she founded LTL in 2011.
Midwife & Registered Nurse
Chris lives and works in Kyneton, Victoria. She never even considered volunteering overseas, but it has been a great experience. It goes to show we should always take every opportunity we are given in life. The work and the team is a great joy to be part of.
ER Physician & Ultrasound Specialist
Amit is an emergency medical physician from New York who joined us for the first time in Laos is 2015 for our Maternal Child Health & Ultrasound Education Program.
Doctor of Osteopathy
Ellen came to us from NYU Langone Medical Center’s emergency department for our 2015 Laos Maternal Child Health clinic in Mok Mai.
Research & Evaluation Director
Originally from the North East, Iben resides in New Orleans. She received an MPH in epidemiology from Tulane University.
Leigh is a registered nurse from Melbourne who specializes in being totally awesome. He’s been with us since 2012 on our 1st Indonesian Health Initiative and expanded his reach to Laos by educating rural male populations about their reproductive health.
Doctor & Ultrasound Educator
Coming from New York, Marsia first joined us at our 2013 Indonesian Health Initiative and was so taken with us that she helped create the LTL SCAN ultrasound education program for 2015.
Doctor & Ultrasound Educator
Nicole joined us on our 2014 Indonesian Health Initiative clinics armed with an ultrasound machine and a mission to show people their insides. She’s since brough ultrasound education to clinicians in remote Mok Mai Laos with the LTL SCAN program.
International Program Director
Originally from Washington, DC, Rachel resides in New Orleans and specialises in Public Health.
Filmmaker & Logistics Coordinator
Alex began his role at LearnToLive as Artist in Residence as 1/2 of Wandering Cameras. He has since expanded his role as an on the ground logistics coordinator for nearly every project LTL has created, while still shooting films!