Samaritan's Purse Medical Care Projects

Help Samaritan's Purse provide medical care around the world

Good health is key to enjoying a full and productive life, yet many people around the world have limited access to quality medical services.

From providing care to pregnant mothers and their babies to stocking medical clinics, or fighting epidemics like Ebola and providing Bible-based education on hygiene and preventable diseases, Samaritan’s Purse improves people’s health and points them toward the love of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.

$35 can provide 1 safe birthing kit

$150 can provide patient navigation

$300 can provide training for 1 Traditional Birth Attendant

Jumla Nutrition project

Our Jumla Nutrition project in Nepal helps groups of moms keep track of whether their babies are growing properly, and this is information that can save the lives of infants and young children.

Before the program, children in this Nepalese community under five years of age regularly lost their lives due to malnutrition, and parents did not know why it was happening, says Amitdan Gurung, who works with our partner in Nepal that oversees this program.

In the last three months alone, more than 1,400 mothers have received training through mothers groups.

Staff explains what is required in a balanced diet and why it is important. They teach them about how to get the most nutrition out of locally-sourced, readily available food and also discuss topics like vaccination and breast feeding. The nutrition level of children is also monitored monthly.

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Meeting urgent medical needs from Bangladesh to Nepal and beyond

Christian doctors and nurses from across Canada are currently responding to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. They’re serving in Bangladesh to bring desperately needed medical care to Rohingya refugees from the neighboring country of Myanmar who have been forced to flee brutal violence.

“There were children and adults who sustained gunshot wounds to various parts of the body—chest, abdomen and bones—who needed surgery,” said one member of our team, Dr. Wingko Yung. Since their arrival in October, the Canadian doctors and nurses have seen many patients streaming into the hospital with critical medical needs.

“Some wounds were badly infected, as it took time to get to medical treatment,” Dr. Yung said. Many of the refugees have walked for weeks with little food across challenging terrain to get to safety. “Some patients sustained bone fractures and soft tissue injury from encounters with elephants in the forests close to the camps.”

Bangladesh is just one of the places where we are providing expert medical care in Jesus’ Name to those in need. Whether we are helping children in Nepal receive life-saving heart surgeries, enabling pregnant women to give birth safely in Cambodia and Vietnam, or providing end-of life care for inmates in Central America, we are working to follow Christ’s command in Luke 10 to be Good Samaritans to a hurting world.

In Nepal, Samaritan’s Purse partners with local ministries and hospitals to deliver a Patient Navigation system that refers children in need in remote areas to better equipped hospitals in major cities. With help from our donors, impoverished families are able to receive life-changing treatment they otherwise couldn’t afford.

When nine-year-old Radhika Budha fractured her left hand, it became painful and infected, and the once active, joyful youngster could no longer move her hand. She then fell in neighbor’s courtyard and broke her other hand. That wound also became infected.

Samaritan’s Purse partners stayed beside Radhika through three months of surgeries and therapy. “The staff were very helpful, and we are very thankful,” says Radhika’s mother.

In Bangladesh, our staff and volunteer medical professionals are serving refugees with critical injuries, and tragically, some do succumb. This means there is great urgency in meeting each patient’s spiritual needs in addition to their pressing medical ones.

Every opportunity we have to provide health care is a tremendous opportunity to share the love of God and tell suffering people about the One Who was sent “to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…” (Isaiah 61:1b. NKJV).

We would appreciate your prayers for our efforts to help the Rohingya and provide care to the sick and suffering around the world.

“Please remember the Rohingya before the Lord,” said Dr. Yung. “They need it.” Please also remember the medical professionals who are motivated and inspired by the love of Christ to serve with Samaritan’s Purse around the world.