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Articles from Autumn 2000

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The question is not about religion but about the truth of God. Christians see themselves as accountable to God. Atheists deny his existence. Christians accept certain unchangeable values but Secular Humanists measure right and wrong by consequences, the goodness or badness of which change with circumstances. There are areas of...

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Central Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

INTRODUCTION I spent five weeks in this 600-bed United Bulawayo hospital (UBH). Government care is heavily subsidised. There is one 'private' hospital in Bulawayo run at a standard comparable to hospitals in the developed world. THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY I was attached to Mr Cotton's team. He is an English consultant...

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Leprosy, Lentils and Love

I spent six weeks at Laigadh Leprosy Services Centre in the Southern Terai of Nepal. This is the flattest area of Nepal and also one of the hottest. It was the pre-monsoon season. We were rewarded with some of the most spectacular storms I have ever seen which cleared the...

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Hospital de Meskine, Cameroon

The heat was inescapable, intense, dry. It was 42°C in the shade and had been every day for weeks. Even at night there was no respite as the temperature only dropped to 30°C - we resorted to putting the fan under the mosquito net and covering ourselves with wet towels...

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Herbertpur Hospital, North India

Introduction An English missionary, Dr Lehmann built Herbertpur Christian Hospital in the 1930s and ran it with his wife until it was taken over in 1986 by the Emmanuel Hospital Association. Statistics include up to 300 outpatients a day, 115 beds, four elective surgery sessions a week daily emergencies,...

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Patan Hospital, Nepal

I was placed by UMN to spend my medical elective at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, one of its 4 hospitals in Nepal. In the last 3 years UMN hospitals have treated over a million people and undertaken over 40,000 surgical procedures. My usual day would begin with a 15-minute uphill...

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Kapsowar Hospital, Kenya

It's hard to know where to begin ... as I land straight back into my final year at medical school, my mind is still in Africa, brimming with everything I've seen and learnt, people, smiling friendly faces and a hugely increased faith in God - certainly not the thoughts I...

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Mukinge Hospital, Zambia

My alarm clock wakes me at 7am and I undergo my daily battle with the mosquito net in order to turn it off. After a quiet time, breakfast, and buying bread and vegetables at my door from local farmers' children, I'm in this 200 bed hospital for 8am. We start...

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Are Therapists Needed in the Developing World?

Introduction Healthcare is seen almost exclusively as being about saving lives, with little thought as to what then happens to those lives that are continued with the consequences of a serious illness or severe trauma. This article is written to dispel some of the myths attached to each of the therapy...

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A Medical Reception On Board The Mercy Ship MV Anastasis

There were two receptions for health care professionals hosted by The Lord McColl while the Anastasis was docked at South Quay in London's Docklands this June. The ship is an impressive length and size with its 11 decks, three operating theatres, and 27 bed ward - it is currently the...

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MMA HealthServe's Vision Statement

MMA HealthServe Mobilising Encourages Christian Health Professionals (CHPs) to respond to the increasing burden of disease, among disadvantaged people, in the poorest parts of the world. Christian Looks for those who want to practice a rewarding form of healthcare in Christ's name and according to his values as revealed in the...

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