Why Become a CHSC Global Care Partner?
Have you ever visited a mission hospital in Africa? Click this video to take a tour of the maternity ward at Kalukembe hospital with CHSC Missionary OB/GYN Dr. Priscila Cummings. There are hospitals like this one around the world fighting for survival, they need our help!
What is a CHSC Global Care Partner?
A CHSC Global Care Partner is someone that shares our passion for bringing compassionate healthcare to the world’s poor. Our Global Care Partners help us fulfill our mission by: 1) Praying for CHSC, our staff and success of our mission 2) Advocating for CHSC’s work, our long-term missionary physicians and the cause of sustaining compassionate Christian healthcare for the poor around the world. 3) Partner financially with a monthly gift of any size.
Why Monthly Gifts? One of the biggest challenges in the non-profit world is building a budget to pay staff and operations with donations that are inconsistent. Monthly partners help build a monthly budget that sustains the care we provide for vulnerable populations around the world. CHSC full-time missionary health professionals cared for more than 250,000 patients globally and helped train hundreds of local healthcare professionals through surgical and family practice residencies.
But in a partnership there are two sides, so CHSC will: 1) Send you stories each month of those who receive our care, and our long-term workers serving on the front lines of global health missions. 2) The CHSC leadership team will be praying for you and your family. 3) We provide our global health mission training courses at a reduced rate. 4) For those with specialized healthcare skills, and desire to serve, we can provide opportunities to visit mission hospitals in support of our long-term workers. 5) If you are in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Tyler/ Longview areas of Texas we help you with required American Heart Association courses free of charge.
What do the statistics say about where we work?
The healthcare workforce in developing countries is a critical situation and is expected to worsen according to the WHO and Global Health Workforce Alliance (2014). This shortage of health workers has serious implications for the health of billions of people across all regions of the world. It also translates to millions of deaths each year from preventable causes, mostly in young mothers and children. In their report entitled “A Universal Truth: No health without a workforce”, they outline how there is a need for at least 7.2 million more healthcare workers in the developing world at present. This critical shortage of health workers in the developing world is expected to increase by more than 5 million over the next twenty years. Without ongoing multidimensional support this critical shortage of health workers will likely increase to 12.9 million by 2035.
Developing the Healthcare Workforce
We also recognize the struggle to bring healthcare to the world’s poor needs to go far beyond the direct provision of healthcare. It is only through building community capacity to respond to their own health needs will healthcare be sustainable where we serve. CHSC staff often serve as faculty in established training programs and residencies raising up the next generation of health professionals. Others train national staff in less formal environments. However, the goal remains the same; improve access to healthcare, improve health infrastructure and build local healthcare capacity.