Working for WOW, it is not hard to imagine how sitting in the curtained hospital room my mind was diverted to all the children around the world who do not have such quick and easy access to medical care, and how frustrated and powerless their mother’s must feel when they are unable to help them. According to the World Heath Organization (WHO) “Although the percentage of the world’s population without access to essential medicines has fallen from an estimated 37% in 1987 to around 30% in 1999, the total number of people without access remains between 1.03 and 2.1 billion people.” Most of those without access are in Africa and India. According to WHO’s 2014 progress report on Maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MCA), “280 000 child lives were saved between 2000 and 2013 in Malawi as a result of increased treatment for diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria (23%), use of insecticide treated mosquito nets (20%), and immunizations (17%).” WOW is working hard to bridge these gaps.
WOW’s Mobile Medical Clinics, currently in 18 rural communities in Zambia, have treated more than 29,990 people this year alone, allowing families to have access to medical practitioners and supplies without having to make arduous trips to urban centres.The access to medical care in rural areas brings to mind Luke 5:17-39; the story of the friends of the paralytic who heard the Healer was in town and broke through several barriers (a crowded room and a tiled roof), to make sure their friend could get the medical attention he needed. Jesus saw the faith, not of the man, but of those with him and not only healed him, but also forgave his sins! We too have some friends in Africa in need of broken barriers (distance and finances) in order to receive the medical care they need. Will we be the friends who help bridge the gaps and break through barriers? Visits to the WOW Mobile Medical clinics coat just $4-$5 per patient, clinics cost $1,130 a month to operate (just $13, 560 per year). Contact WOW today to find out how you or your church can help sponsor a mobile clinic or patient visit.