Health Builder Rose sits with her father whose sugars are now well-controlled. Health Builders reach many exclusively Zulu speakers by combining medical screening with life-saving health information that is shown on portable video players.
About this Mission Project
The rugged and remote hillsides of Mathendeni are dotted with traditional grass roofed round Zulu huts. Health Builders go out into these areas to identify people in early stages of a disease.
Rose, a Health Builder, is hardworking, caring and eager to learn. Her two siblings and mother have died and she now lives alone with her father and cares for her disabled nephew.
When we met Rose’s father, he had just plowed a field. He had dangerously high blood sugars. After referring him to a clinic and watching a video about diabetes in his native language of Zulu, his sugars are now well-controlled.
- $100 will equip 4 Health Builders with blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes.
- $250 will buy equipment and supplies for 1 Health Builder to screen 150 people for HIV and diabetes.
- $1250 will train and equip 1 Health Builder.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $27,500 per year for the next three years to equip Health Builders to screen their neighbors and refer them to local clinics when necessary. They also lead on-going video based health classes and Bible studies in their native language of Zulu. They address the most pressing health problems including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, high blood pressure, malaria and nutritional problems.
This project will be managed by IM missionaries, Drs. Anita and Rick Gutierrez. It is anticipated that this project will improve the overall health of 5,000 women and 2,500 men in the community.
Connect to this Mission Project
- Pray with Drs. Anita and Rick Gutierrez and their partners in South Africa that many Health Builders can be trained to do life-saving screening, referrals and health education.
- Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.