Charity Mission in Africa
Catholic Medical Missionaries Bring Jesus’ Healing Ministry to Ghana
by Catholic.net Staff Writer | Source: Catholic.net
“Children are dying without the simplest medical care,” said Bishop Pablo Pedro Elizondo, president of Catholic World Mission (CWM). “Basic Christian charity demands that we open our hearts to our sick and suffering brothers and sisters in Africa.”
CWM’s Helping Hands Medical Mission will soon send doctors, nurses and medication into rural parts of Ghana. During their visit, they’ll provide surgery, eye care, natural family planning courses, and basic family health care.
Over one million children will die of malaria this year – most in sub-Saharan countries like Ghana, reports the Center for Disease Control.
Countless more will die from polio, tuberculosis, diarrhea, whooping cough, cholera, dysentery, river blindness, pertussis, tetanus, pneumonia and malnutrition to name a few. All are preventable, curable diseases when treated with basic medical attention. All are easily cured or even eradicated in the United States.
While April marks a return to warmer weather and better health in the northern hemisphere, Ghana’s rural people are bracing for the rainy season, peak time for malaria and diseases that fester during the long days of humidity and rain that last from April through July.
For millions of children living in rural Ghana, the constant threat of malaria, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases is only compounded by deplorable living conditions. According to UNICEF, only 11 percent of Ghana’s rural population uses adequate sanitation.
The devastating loss of innocent life in these conditions of desperate poverty provided the impetus behind CWM’s new Helping Hands Medical Mission to Ghana.
Helping Hands volunteer medical teams will travel the countryside, visiting families and making consultations and house calls. The group will minister to an estimated 2,000 Ghanaians, many of whom have never seen a doctor or medical professional before.
Helping Hands Medical Mission will bring a Catholic solution to one of Africa’s most pressing problems – caring for the poor, sick and marginalized. As with each Helping Hands Medical Mission a priest will be available throughout the entire mission of offer the Sacraments as well as spiritual guidance. This blending of care for the physical and spiritual well-being of the world’s poor is a consistent theme in Catholic World Mission projects.
While the organization mainly serves the poor in Latin America, the mission to Ghana will mark the group’s first venture into Africa.
“We see the same suffering and need, the same opportunity to share the love of Our Lord through a medical ministry in Africa as in Central and South America,” said Franklin Diaz, National Medical Director of HHMM. “We consider this mission a direct response to Christ’s short, simple Gospel challenge: Heal the sick.”
To learn more about how you can help those less fortunate, please contact Catholic World Mission at: 1-800-961-8153 or visit us anytime at CatholicWorldMission.org
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