The Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship was developed to equip family physicians with a unique knowledge base and clinical skills necessary to effectively serve the poorest and most underserved people of this world. Its vision is to provide real training to mobilize a force of compassionate, competent family physicians who will go and make a real difference in transforming the lives and health of nations.
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There is an ever-widening gap between the health of people in wealthy nations and that in developing countries. A child born in a wealthy nation will, with rare exception, live into adulthood while a child born in a developing nation has only a 60-65 percent chance of reaching age 5. Health in most countries of poverty is only declining.
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Medical missionaries provide healthcare — and hope
A mother living in a remote mountain region brought her sick infant to a medical missionary. As the doctor treated the baby's respiratory infection, he commented on the baby's club feet. His mother believed nothing could be done for his condition and he would grow up crippled and unable to work.
But the doctor told her he could arrange for an orthopedic surgeon to perform a simple procedure to lengthen the baby's heel cords, followed by a few months of casts and corrective shoes.
"Your child will be able to walk, play soccer and one day hold a job, marry and raise a family of his own," the doctor told her.
Her eyes flooded with tears. She had no idea that her baby could have a bright future.
As a medical missionary, you give something more than healthcare. You give hope!