The relief and development community has created a set of comprehensive minimum standards for humanitarian response, although they have been slow to make significant progress in the USA. These standards, known as the Sphere standards, are a set of principles and minimum standards created to improve quality and accountability of humanitarian response in four technical areas: Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH), Food security and nutrition, Shelter, and settlement, and last but not least Health.
Asking the Right Questions: 12 Questions Medical Missionary Candidates Need to Ask Before Deciding on a Sending Organization
One thing that was always clear to me, was that sending a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional to serve in a mission hospital, or even a community health program, looks very different than sending a pastor.
Christian Mission hospitals and health programs account for about 50% of all healthcare delivered in Sub-Saharan Africa (Olivier, et al., 2015). That figure is probably closer to 70% of the truly functional healthcare services delivered. Sadly however, many of these facilities have closed, those that remain are fighting for survival.
Saving the lives of children is one of the greatest joys of medical mission work. What if you could save the lives of not a few but of many children? This blog shares six very basic interventions that can help you achieve that aim.
New on Medical Missions 101: I know there are no simple answers for giving good care in mission hospitals or for being a good medical missionary, especially in settings that do clinical education. I also know that these environments can be extremely challenging and frustrating for professionals trained in the West. Finding people who are modeling best practices as “medical missionaries” and learning from them as a new missionary is crucial.
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When Healthcare Hurts is the first book to look seriously at the challenges of patient safety and developmental safety in global health missions, and it defines evidence based guidelines through which these issues can be addressed.