Medical components of the Village Screening Clinic fit into a car trunk for travel to rural areas
Goal: $2,899 set up per clinic
About this Mission Project
It is hot and muggy in Durban, South Africa. The slight scent of sewage and urine permeates the air amongst the tin and scrap wood shack settlement. This is where Tembi, an energetic and resilient 18 year-old, lives with her year-old son. Without a formal education or skills, Tembi has lived on state welfare and informal prostitution.
Last year a village screening clinic was set up in a small Baptist church near Tembi’s home. Church members, trained in health screening by missionary doctors, Anita and Rick Gutierrez, staff the clinic. Tembi was tested for HIV/AIDS at the clinic and directed toward treatment. Clinic staff also discovered that more than half of those tested had diabetes, and many had high blood pressure.
Tembi found new life through the healing ministry of this Baptist church. She joined the church, and she now supports her son by cleaning houses. Tembi has a good hope that her child will have his mother for many more years.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $2,899 per medical screening clinic, or a total of $14,496 annually for the next three years to purchase medical components and other equipment for five complete portable rural village screening clinics. The purpose is to provide preventive health screening and education for some 12,500 people annually.
This project will be managed by Drs. Anita and Rick Gutierrez, American Baptist missionaries in South Africa. It is anticipated that this project will improve the overall health and longevity in five rural or slum areas.
Connect to this Mission Project
• Pray with Anita and Rick Gutierrez and their partners in South Africa that these portable village health screening clinics will take health services, teaching and the Gospel into hard to reach places and help needy people.
• Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
Other items totaling $2,899 required to set-up one rural clinic include:
8 DVD players and portable amp system - $1,567 (patient education)
2 large outdoor gazebo tents. - $405 (one tent for waiting room; the other for exam)
18 folding chairs for waiting room - $292
2 portable tables - $270
2 halogen lamp headlights - $108
200 DVD discs (for local health builders) - $135
Extension cords & surge protectors - $122
Total to set up one rural clinic = $2,899