Why Healthcare Ministry?

Some information from the Christian Health Service Corps Facebook page:

Why Healthcare Ministry?

The Christian Health Service Corps was created because each day children are dying from a lack basic healthcare and prevention services. According to the World Health Organization (2010), two billion people in developing countries lack access to even the most basic medical or surgical care. Each year, lack of access to surgical care results in the deaths of 1.2 million people. Another 9,000,000 children between the age of 0 and 5 die because they lack access to even the most basic healthcare and prevention services. One can only imagine the heart break of a mother forced to say goodbye to a child simply because she lives in a place where the medical and surgical services much of the world takes for granted are not available. Another 360,000 families (about 1000 per day) are forced to say goodbye to young mothers in the prime of life for the same reason. That is the number of young mothers who die each year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, largely due to an absence of surgical services and other methods of inhibiting post-partum hemorrhage. Christian Health Service Corps physicians, nurses and their families are on the front lines fighting a battle to save the lives of children and young mothers around the world. It is your prayers and support that makes this work possible.

The Christian Health Service Corps has missionary health professionals serving (or will be serving in 2014) for two or more years in a growing list of countries which include: Honduras, Haiti, Peru, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, and Zambia. Our healthcare professional specialties include: pediatric plastic/ pediatric craniofacial surgery, OB/GYN surgery, tropical medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, pediatric surgery, dentistry and community health. In addition to providing disease prevention services and direct medical/ surgical care, a number of CHSC physicians teach in and direct residency programs that train local physicians. The need for such training programs cannot be overstated. In all of East Africa, there are only four hundred trained surgeons for a population of more than 200 million people. While some CHSC missionaries build capacity of the health systems, CHSC community health evangelism missionaries transform lives by build capacity of families to prevent disease and malnutrition with available resources.

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