CURE opens new hospital in Zambia

By December 14, 2006

Zambia (MNN) — Children will be the beneficiaries of a new hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. CURE International dedicated the Beit (bite) Trust CURE International Children’s Hospital this week.

Speaking from Zambia, co-founder of CURE International Sally Harrison says, “This is a hospital that’s set up to care for the disabled children that we’re able to heal surgically.”

Clubfoot, hydrocephalus, cleft lip and palate, are just some of the deformities that CURE will be helping. It is the fourth CURE hospital in Africa and the eighth in the organization�¢ï¿½ï¿½s growing network of hospitals in the developing world.

Scott Harrison, M.D., CEO and founder of CURE International, says, “Throughout the developing world, there are disabled children that are neglected, ignored and unable to access treatment for their easily treatable conditions. At Beit Trust CURE Zambia and our other hospitals, we offer these children the chance for a brighter future and more productive life. We expect to surgically treat between 2,000 and 3,000 children annually and care for an additional 5,000,” says Harrison.

While physical healing is important, Sally says there’s more to their work. “If we only heal their physical bodies, we’re only doing half the healing that needs to be done. We introduce them to the love of Christ. If we have Muslim patients in the hospital we pray for them.”

Sally says that’s not all, “We have a couple, they will be interacting with the patients and their guardians several times a day. And, we have a Christian woman in the playroom, and it’s conducted similar to a Sunday school class.”

The 50 bed teaching facility will begin taking patients in January, after the medical equipment arrives.

Because of the devaluation of the U-S dollar, construction went way over budget, but the Biert Trust made up the difference.

CURE is asking people to get involved in their ministry. For $167 a month, you can pay for a hospital bed that will help someone physically and spiritual for an entire year.

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