Cecilia Mumba used to walk miles and miles to reach clinics when her family fell ill. Getting into the city wasn’t easy for the 54 year-old widow, with no steady job and nine children and grandchildren relying on her, she walked great distances and often slept in line-ups in the hopes of seeing a nurse. Today, a clinic comes to her, right in the poor, rural, community of Makululu, outside Kabwe city in Zambia. Each Thursday, a four-person medical team sets up in a local Catholic church and offers Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV (VCT), primary health care, and public health education.
A WIDOW’S HEALTH RESTORED
When we met Cecilia she was suffering from sore eyes, abdominal pains, and chest pains. Years of hard work and poor nutrition have taken their toll on her body. Eating basic cornmeal once or twice a day, she told us her family eats meat only once every three months. Access to medical care has lifted at least one burden from her life. The nurse recorded her symptoms and prescribed some ointment for her eyes, magnesium for her abdominal pains, and panadol for overall pain relief. She was able to obtain all of these medications from this very same mobile clinic at no charge.
Cecilia had this to say about the Makululu mobile clinic, “I am very thankful for this medical ministry and for the workers. I often find a lot of difficulties going to other clinics, because they are long distances to walk but this clinic comes right into my community. This clinic is free of charge and the medicines are free. Here, they are helping us a lot and I’m very thankful. Please keep it up!”
FOLLOWING CHRIST’S FOOTSTEPS
Mobile medical clinics are a critical program, providing widows, orphans and other vulnerable persons access to medical attention. In the West, it’s difficult to comprehend what it would be like if we couldn’t access hospitals, clinics, or medicines. But as Christians, we are called by Jesus’ words and example to care for both the spiritual and physical needs of the sick and downtrodden.
In fact, it is by following in this example that we serve God himself, “Then the good people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’ “Then the king will answer, ‘I tell you the truth. Anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me.'” (Matthew 25:41-46, ERV)
THIS YEAR, WE ARE STILL $10,000 SHORT OF REACHING OUR GOAL TO PROVIDE MEDICINES IN OUR CLINICS FOR THE SPAN OF 2013. Please consider donating to this worthwhile ministry today! To find out how the match is possible, click here.