Health Program

 

Remar NGO Health Program

The programme is divided into two main areas. One of these involves going to hospitals and homes for the elderly to visit people who find themselves in some sense abandoned, or who, although they may have someone caring for them, are in need of extra support. Different volunteers carry out the work, which can be anything from a simple weekly visit to a more intensive daily care of the patient if the situation so demands.

 

In the second main area, the programme provides primary sanitary assistance in those locations where Remar has its own clinics or first aid posts, such as in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Angola, Burkina Faso ... with the purpose of combating the illnesses and epidemics which are so common in these countries, and also with the task of providing relevant information concerning prevention and sanitary control.

• We have a doctor’s surgery in Managua, Nicaragua, where street children are attended free of charge by a doctor belonging to Remar.

• Medicines are sent out in containers to various Third World countries, so that we can set up and supply the needs of first aid posts and doctors’ surgeries.

• In Río de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, a project has begun which provides a consulting surgery for both in-patients and out-patients who are suffering either physically or mentally.

 

 

VOLUNTEER MEDICS TELL OF THEIR EXPERIENCES IN BURKINA FASO

We continue to make journeys with our hospital bus to the interior of the country, accompanied by our medical assistants whose help is so valuable and equipped with medicines which are donated to us by UNICEF. Last December we received the visit of several Catalan medics, all evangelical Christians, who came to set up, by faith, a small clinic and hospital in some of the locations we have outside the capital city

Four Catalan doctors visited Burkina Faso and travelled to the villages in the interior with the hospital bus to treat patients and care for the needs of many people. This is what they themselves tell us about the experience.

 

Burkina Faso, Volunteer medics

Travelling on the hospital bus sent by the Spanish company FOTICOS and fleeted out to Burkina by REMAR, and equipped with supplies of medicines donated by UNICEF, the REMAR volunteers penetrate into the interior of the country to reach those villages where there is no kind of health care and where even water and other basic resources are very scarce. They go there to treat the sick and to administer antibiotics, antimalarial drugs and a whole lot of other aid besides, to help thousands of people.

On the second day of the first campaign, when they returned to the village, there were 2,000 people already waiting for them – clear evidence of the tremendous need of the region.


Under the shade of a big African tree, with temperatures rising sometimes to 40ºC, they attend to the first group of patients and they distribute to them complementary food parcels. It is a long day full of very hard work but there is nothing more satisfying than being able to bring some relief to these men and women, children and elderly people.


On 20th May 2005, at 5 o’ clock in the morning, we set off from the town of Ouaga in the hospital bus to make the journey to a little village 60 km away. Our objective was to treat the sick and to evangelize at the same time. Since it was the first time we were going to do this work we didn’t know how it would be. Like we always do, we prayed putting everything into God’s hands so that His Holy Spirit would be able to guide us. A week earlier, just when we were about to leave, the gearbox on the vehicle had broken down, and that put us back a whole week. Once the vehicle was mended we were able to set off. When we eventually arrived at the village, we discovered that there was nobody waiting for us, because no-one had been told we were coming. Everything seemed to be going wrong, to try and discourage us and make us decide to go back. However, we strongly believed that it was God who had sent us, and that we were there to do important work, and so we should continue. We started up the generators and began to play music. In half an hour there were more than 500 people gathered around the bus. That was when we began to truly realize the importance of our being there.

Dr. Outara began to prepare the medicines needed for the treatments and I, with the help of another pastor who spoke the local Mossi language, began to explain to the people why we were there. And from that moment onwards we were able to really connect with the lives of these people. We could clearly sense and observe the ministry of Jesus through this work, for we were able to not only speak about the Love of God but also to put it into practice by helping and healing the sick people free of charge. On Saturday 21st May, when we returned to the same village, there were more than 2,000 people waiting for us, many of them from the neighbouring villages. It was a really great crowd of people in need of physical and spiritual healing.

When we parked the bus they surrounded us like a swarm of ants. We prepared the medicines, including a lot of penicillin for treating skin diseases. Before they entered the bus I began to talk to various groups of sick people: women, children, men, and old people. Their faces reflected sadness and a great need for love and compassion. At that moment I felt God filling me with power and love, and I set to work with all my strength. We all understood why we were there. We saw how the people entered the bus burdened down with the sicknesses and misery of this life and how, after hearing the Word of God, they came out again, this time with glowing faces.


A face with a listless, dead expression, marked by the bitterness of life, would be transformed into one full of radiance. We listened to the testimony of many, saying that this was truly the love of Jesus Christ. Under the shadow of a huge tree in a village called Sabda, at 38º centigrade, we could also sense the heat of God in our lives, and also in the lives of many people who received a seed sown which, in due season, will give birth to the person of Jesus. We, the group travelling in the bus, also received from God.

Remar NGO Health Program

Remar NGO Health Program 

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