Medical crisis threatens health gains in Zimbabwe

By August 24, 2009

Zimbabwe (MNN) — In 2008, as Zimbabwe's economy went into meltdown, many
hospitals closed. The formation of the unity government in
February this year was meant to address the political and economic crisis that
had paralyzed the country. 

At the same time, a cholera outbreak killed almost 4,300 people out of some
98,000 cases, between August 2008 and July 2009. 
With most hospitals closed, the few that were open were suffering from
lack of staff, drugs and equipment.

Now the country is at risk for another cholera outbreak,
and it's the poor and isolated who will suffer most.   

Charles Debter with
Global Aid Network says they're
responding. "Global Aid Network has
purchased a mobile medical clinic–a 35-foot bus with medical equipment
[and an] examination room. It will be
shipped this month to Zimbabwe for care particularly in the rural
areas." 

The team will be working in Gokwe, Dinga, Mudzi and
Muzarabani. The clinic will offer
medical services including the treatment of cholera, malaria, vaccinations,
basic healthcare and medical supplies.

Debter says the clinic will take months to ship. Once it clears customs, the mobile medical
clinic will be commissioned into service at the end of the year. "It really excites me to see that there
will be opportunities to reach out into those unreached communities. There will
probably be a three-month stationing of the mobile medical clinic in each rural
area." 

Earlier this year, Global Aid Network and Life Ministry also
provided water purification devices, food and medicine to 56 orphanages. Life Ministry is distributing humanitarian
aid as a part of a larger project of sharing the love of Christ with the poor
of Zimbabwe.

The organization has developed a prayer movement in
collaboration with local churches, training in evangelism and discipleship, and
church planting as part of a holistic approach to ministry there.

You can help. "Pray for the staff members of Life Ministries Zimbabwe. Pray for the full funding of the outreach
that will take place–not only the medical outreach but also the evangelistic
outreach." Click here for more information.

 

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