Health resources for mission trips

Question

One of our NCF members preparing for a short-term mission trip had this question for Grace Tazelaar, NCF Missions Director. . . .

Shelley : My husband and I are going to India and have been asked to bring health-related materials to use as “train-the-trainer” curriculum for pastors to take into the villages. Do you know of any current curriculum or JCN articles? If not, I plan to create some but it would be SO nice not to reinvent the wheel! Thanks!

Answer

Grace: Thanks for contacting NCF about your upcoming trip to India. I’m sure that God will grow you through this experience!

You asked about health education materials to take along on a short-term mission trip. There are good materials that are free and downloadable from Arne Gorske and his team at Health Education Program For Developing Countries (HEPFDC). They have worked closely with the CHE Network and LifeWind, two organizations that have been involved in community health development for a number of years. They have developed health education materials for long-term healthcare programs around the world.

The key to successful health education is not so much imparting information as it is to help the learner own the information and put it into practice. Using adult education and participatory education methodology is essential. So I would encourage you to explore the HEPFDC website and read the materials on how to use their training materials.

If you wish to purchase some materials, the health education materials available from Teaching Aids at Low Cost are also excellent. They also have a great listing of textbooks for health and community health development. They are located in the UK and so you will need to convert the prices from pounds into dollars.

NCF will be partnering with Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, to hold the Global Health Missions Conference there November 10-12, 2011. This is a great opportunity to join ~2500 other healthcare professionals interested in and involved in healthcare missions. I hope you’ll consider joining us!

2 Responses to “Health resources for mission trips”

  1. Grace Tazelaar Says:

    Sue,

    In my experience, your husband is more highly desired. One of the major challenges in healthcare missions is on the administrative/financial end. There is a working group for Christian Hospitals on the Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) website, http://www.ccih.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=135, where mission hospital issues are being looked at and worked on. I’m sure that the co-chairs of this group might be able to put you in touch with a suitable mission hospital that could benefit from both your husband’s and your expertise.

    NCF, CCIH, and about 2500 others will be gathering in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church for the Global Missions Health Conference, http://www.medicalmissions.com, November 10-12, 2011. It is a great place to interact with like-minded healthcare professionals interested or serving in healthcare missions. You are welcome to join us. Stop by the NCF exhibit and introduce yourself to me if you decide to attend.

    Grace Tazelaar

  2. Sue Dunn Says:

    Are there medical christian mission opportunities that could use both a nurse and a person with a hospital finance background(previous cfo). My husband and I are interested in a mission where we could serve together utilizing both our talents

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