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Articles from Spring 1997

international ministries

Editorial

If we want to be ready to take the opportunities of service in the kingdom today we will need to be mobile as well as persistent - ready to move and be moved in body mind and spirit. Ethnic conflict (Mary Larkum), disintegrating secular services and low morale (Dr Watson)...

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Approaching the New Millenium

It is my privilege to share with all readers of Saving Health the challenges now facing the Association. The last few years have seen big changes and the Council has had to face up to big decisions. What is God's plan and purpose for the MMA as we approach the New...

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Christian Healthcare in Ethnic Conflict

As the patients painfully made their way into hospital assisted by the night nurses, a small child called 'Emma' (Emmanuel) darted back to where the doctor-in-charge was admitting the patients. She was writing brief notes on their record cards before assigning them to a bed to receive immediate treatment from...

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Promoting Excellence in Teaching General Practice in Nepal

You could cut the tension with a knife. The sun streamed through the window of the college, on the first morning of this international course for teachers of general practice. But something was wrong. Unknown to each other, a Jewish GP from the State of Israel had joined a Palestinian...

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Should you be Operating in Zambia?

Chikankata Salvation Army Hospital in Zambia has great need for a general surgeon. Would you enjoy managing a wide range of surgical patients, using chiefly your clinical skills? Diagnostic facilities include straight x-ray, barium studies done by shooting successive films, and basic laboratory tests. Anaesthetics are carefully given by well-trained...

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Elective Experience - Kijabe, Kenya;

KMC started in 1916 by the Africa Inland Mission (AIM), provides secondary and tertiary care and is run by the Africa Inland Church (AIC). This raised the question of priorities for mission hospitals - should KMC have so many doctors when areas such as northern Kenya are desperately short. Firstly there...

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Elective Experience - Kiwoko, Uganda;

After a holiday in Kenya I took the bus up the Rift Valley from Nairobi to Kampala. The people seemed more friendly and relaxed less out to exploit me. They were more interested in who I was and why I had come. Kiwoko Hospital is decidely Christian. Many other hospitals are...

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Elective Experience - Tumutumu, Kenya;

This was one of the first overseas nursing electives in the four year degree course at Birmingham University. In spite of contacts it took ten months before I was offered a place at Tumutumu Presbyterian Hospital in the central highlands of Kenya. I spent eight weeks on the paediatric ward...

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Elective Experience - Helena Goldie, Solomon Islands;

The hospital overlooks a tranquil lagoon, the surroundings are incredibly beautiful; turquoise sea, islands covered with rainforest. It was established in 1903 by the Australian Methodist ission and is now administered by the United Church of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. It has 50 beds, serves a population...

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Elective Experience - Kapsowar, Kenya;

A night call usually meant a very ill patient and I ran down to the hospital with some apprehension and much prayer. We had four one month old babies with increasing difficulty in breathing. There was only one oxygen cylinder. We found an oxygen concentrator and an adapter for two...

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Attieke and Boubous

Attieke is a staple food for people living in the south of the Cote d'Ivoire made from- -manioc (cassava) laboriously pounded, and then fermented. After four and a half years in Cote d'Ivoire, my family and I returned to the UK, challenged to think of new ventures. We lived at the...

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Medical Mission in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church

1. Deacons as Community Based Health Facilitators An internal evaluation of a government programme showed that the workers had become discontented, had defaulted and many had become private injectors. The Health Co-ordination team recognised the potential usefulness of the wide network of EECMY congregations. A meeting with them about...

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