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ss triple helix - spring 2017,  On the Wings of Dawn: Medical Mission in India today

On the Wings of Dawn: Medical Mission in India today

Varghese Philip (ed)
Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India, 2015, 256pp, ISBN 9789382759157
Reviewed by Deirdre Shawe, a Rheumatologist with experience in General Practice

Aimed at people seriously considering medical mission in India, this book explains the complex history of healthcare in India and provides practical advice. The gems on its pages should be absorbed carefully as it is a unique study guide rather than a quick read. Each chapter has a different author and all bring their wisdom, advice and personal experience to the reader.

The healthcare system in India today can seem very confusing but in these pages the reader will find some clarity. There is a huge gap between the rich and poor in India, with 50% of the population having inadequate access to clean water and healthcare. An urban slum might be next to a state-of-the-art corporate hospital but have no access to it.
Post-independence, government-funded hospitals emerged, but due to the vast population they can only provide healthcare to 20% of the poor. There is therefore a huge gap, which charitable and mission hospitals can help to fill. Local Indian missionaries are starting to meet the demand, but they need help. There is a clear role for the Indian medical Diaspora, and also foreign missionaries, who can help with short and long-term placements, funding and play a vital role in research, teaching and training.

The practice of medicine is a gift from God. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. This book will prove an inspiration to those who are called to help.
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