I have been reminded lately of how privileged we are in Canada with our access to health care. There are very few, if any, obstacles we face to see a doctor or receive medication. Many of us have family doctors who are available to us, we know their number and location, and we have a way to contact them. These are all privileges we usually don’t think about and to be honest, my biggest concern when I call my Doctor is whether an appointment will fit into my work schedule. I would say that for most of us, if we have a concern about accessibility of healthcare its something like this.
Now let’s travel to rural Zambia. Along a dirt road, 30 plus miles from the nearest city we come to a small village where houses are made of mud and have grass roofs. Just outside of the village there is a field growing maize and soy, but it is sparse. A few elderly women are walking around and some children are sitting under a tree. It looks like a younger woman is speaking to them. This is their school. There isn’t much more we can see to the village than this – some houses, a field, and a couple pit latrines. Then, there are the things unseen: the parasites living in their drinking water sourced from a shallow pond 3 kilometers away, the mosquitos that come out in swarms at dusk carrying malaria, AIDS which has plagued the community for years, starvation that comes in waves depending on the harvest, and inaccessibility to almost all resources because no one owns a vehicle to make it into the city. Each of those children under the tree suffer from diarrhea and malnutrition. Many of the elderly women are widows because their husbands died of AIDS. Too many of the houses have extremely ill people lying on their dirt floors, succumbing to raging fevers and dehydration. They need doctors, they need medicine, but where do they find them? They are forced to suffer. If people in this community had access to health care they would not care when their appointment was booked, they would be there.
The scenario is common in rural communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa. WOW, along with our partners, respond to the immense need through Mobile Medical Clinics. Trucks stocked with medical supplies and medical officers travel to areas where healthcare is unavailable. These clinics are vital to ensure the health of families living in rural Zambia. For many, WOW’s Mobile Medical Clinics are their only chance at receiving medical care. They are often the difference between life and death.
To send Mobile Medical Clinics into communities we of course need funds, but more importantly we need prayer. We seek God first in everything we do so prayer is foundational to the success of these clinics. Please join us in praying for these clinics as they travel distances to care for the sick all throughout Zambia.
- Pray for the doctors and health care workers: Pray they will have wisdom, perseverance and love as they treat each patient they see
- Pray that God will continue to provide the resources needed for the clinics to function
- Pray that the reach of mobile clinics would extend to all those who would otherwise have no access to medical care and who so desperately need it.
- Pray that people would experience the love of Christ through these clinics and they would be an avenue through which the gospel will spread
To support Mobile Medical Clinics in Zambia click here.