Why is the medical facility Needed?
Millions of people throughout the world do not have access to healthcare. As a result, they often wait too long to address their health concerns until they can no longer bear their suffering. Every day around the world, countless people delay so long that a health issue, once easily addressed, becomes a much more serious illness that is far more complicated to treat. In the remote locations visited by our medical teams, men, women, and children often walk hundreds of miles to be seen by our physicians and nurses, clinging to hope for their healing. Imagine putting your family on a dusty path in Africa or Haiti and walking hundreds of miles "hoping" to be seen; hoping for a miracle for yourself or your loved one.
There are many charitable organizations that reach out to a needy world. As we have seen recently with such overwhelming or recurrent issues as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the 2010 earthquake and recent hurricanes in Haiti, much of the world's attention has been focused on these issues. But the people in these countries suffer from a number of ongoing and exacerbating health issues, often leaving them without hope. FaithCare intends to establish new chapters and strengthen existing international chapters in Haiti and Nigeria to respond to the urgent need for medical facilities and healthcare on an ongoing basis.
The medical facilities would allow FaithCare to enhance services in Haiti and Nigeria. We would also be advancing the continuum of care services for the population of people we serve during the international medical mission trips by providing a more stable presence and expanding both the surgical and medical capabilities and capacity
According to the US Agency for International Development (USAID):
“Haiti reports some of the world’s worst health indicators and these numbers reflect a reality, which continues to inhibit citizens’ full participation in the development of a prosperous and stable nation. While Haiti has struggled with poor health outcomes for generations, the already weak health system was further debilitated by the 2010 earthquake, which demolished 50 health centers, part of Haiti’s primary teaching hospital, and the Ministry of Health. Only months later, Haiti’s health care network was further tried by the country’s first cholera outbreak in a century.”
According to a January 2016 article in Providence Magazine: “Although the poverty rate in Africa has dropped in recent years, rapid population growth means that the number of people suffering poverty keeps growing: from 280 million in 1990 to an estimated 330 million in 2012. Of the 20 countries in the world with the worst food and nutrition security, 19 are in Africa. More than two out of five African adults cannot read or write. Health outcomes are worse in Africa than anywhere else in the world.
Additionally, many patients want their physician or care provider to address spiritual issues. The American Medical Association (AMA) has challenged physicians to train the future generation of providers to know how to meet the spiritual needs of patients. Although two thirds of medical schools offer courses on spirituality and health, many physicians do not feel comfortable or feel they do not have the time to integrate the two. Our mission teams and International FaithCare chapters will provide the necessary structure and support to integrate faith and healthcare, and hence train physicians, care providers, and trainees (both American and Haitian/Nigerian) to learn these skills.
If you have questions about International Capital Campaign, Restoring Health for Today and Building Hope for Tomorrow, please contact Venton Forbes at (860) 751-2400 or VForbes@faithcare.net .