Baby, baby (and other paediatrics)

There were some big messages, and scary statistics.

No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old
Isaiah 65:20

If you include stillborn babies, then 75% of deaths in under 5s are in neonates.

HIV, Mission and Song

Why are we here? Why are we doing Medical Mission? What is our role, what is our ministry as Medical missionaries? There has been a sea change in how we, as the church, do mission work over the last few decades: No longer pioneers, but partners.

HIV is not a medical problem: its a social one that needs churches, politicans, traditional healers and schools working together.

Changing the world

The focus of today is Community Health. As I said yesterday, I made notes on the whole course in 2012 – you can read about this day here. Today I’m just going to write about things that impacted me.

Ted Lankaster spoke first. Chatting to him at breakfast made me realise that we need to talk to InterHealth about vaccinations, because we leave in about 6 weeks now, and we still haven’t organised ours!

CMF Logo Developing Health… again

Two years ago, I went on the Christian Medical Fellowship “Developing Health” course. Its a two week, fairly intensive course, covering many topics relating to working in the developing world as a doctor.

Last time I attended, I approached it firmly from the medical perspective, aiming to learn as much about the clinical challenges that I might face in Africa. I also wrote like 10,000 words on the subject, over 11 blog posts…