READ THE GERSONs' ESSAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MOTIVATION FOR THE PRIZE.
"Christian medical missionaries are the unsung and unheralded heroes of humanity —so we had the idea to create the Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson L’Chaim Prize. L’Chaim means “to life” — and it is this gift that the Christian medical missionaries serving in Africa provide to so many...To learn about the work of Christian medical missionaries is to enlarge the understanding of what a single human being can accomplish."
Support for mission hospitals is declining. The peak of medical missions was nearly a century ago. We provide resources to the people doing the work on the ground: infrastructure, supplies, and staff.
Mission hospitals are often located in rural areas, away from suppliers. We procure equipment, negotiate with suppliers, source life-saving materials, and ship medicines from our partner office in Nairobi.
We help staff a clinic in South Sudan. Arrange for students to come to Kenya from around East Africa. Supply doctors to a hospital in Kenya. And provide a management consultant to multiple partners.
The "Know-Do Gap" Technology exists to meet these needs. We need to get it done.
C-sections: 20% of african women who need one, get one
The first successful C-section in the West occurred 400 years ago. Today, maternal mortality and birth injury remain high because women don't have reliable access to care. We fund safe motherhood programs, C-sections, nurse and midwifery training, and anesthesia to make this care available.
50 million africans need surgery now
World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim has called surgery the "orphan stepchild of global health." 10-20% of preventable deaths are due to surgical conditions. Yet there is often only 1 surgeon for every 250,000 people. We train surgeons, renovate operating theaters, train anesthetists, and fund surgeries.
tanzania: 1 doctor for 50,000 people
The World Health Organization recommends at least one doctor for 1,000 people. Few African countries achieve this goal. AMHF has sponsored junior doctor training in Tanzania and medical students from South Sudan to bridge this gap.
malaria: 2 of every 5 malawian children afflicted every year
That's right. At the end of the rainy season, 40% of Malawian children under age 5 test positive for malaria. We fund Katawa Clinic near Lake Malawi, which treats 14,000 proven cases of the disease every year. The elders tells us the number of funerals is way down.
Treats case of malaria: staff, tests, meds
Provides safe C-section, saving a mother & child
Treats clubfoot, preventing a lifetime of disabilityy
Years of life lost due to HIV in Kenya--every single year.
2100 HIV providers trained
AMHF sponsors Kenya's largest hands-on clinical training program.
Dr. Catena's easter newsletter 2016 Nuba Mountains
28 March 2016
Yesterday was Easter Sunday and it was an eventful but not unusual day here in the Nuba Mountains. After a joyful vigil mass on Saturday night, I got up early on Easter morning for a quick ward rounds before heading off to the Easter mass. The first patient on children's ward was a one and a half year old baby with an incarcerated umbilical hernia which would require emergency surgery. We called the operating room team while we continued on the rounds. We then took the baby to the operating room, reduced the hernia and repaired the defect.