2017 Indonesia Healthcare Team
Traveling From: 9/18/2017 to 9/30/2017; Team Cost: $1110*
MEDAN, INDONESIA -- Assist with health care outreach at the Theotokos Orthodox Hospital in Medan, North Sumatera. Provide medical care and education for patients, and continuing education for the Hospital staff. Help care for the people living in the fourth most populated nation in the world where there is a national focus on improving the health status of her people.
The 2017 Indonesia Health Care Team has been invited to assist at the Rumah Sakit Umum “Theotokos” Hospital. Along with health care and education to patients, the Team will also offer staff education to help raise the standard of care, assist with day to day tasks, create patient education modules (nutrition, dental care, wound care, post operative care, physical therapy etc), while also learning the way things are done in Indonesia. The Theotokos Hospital offers a full range of medical services and helps relieve the physical suffering of people regardless of their religious background.
In 2003, Indonesia ranked third in Southeast Asia for HIV/AIDS cases according to UNICEF. Dengue fever, heart attacks, diabetics and stroke are high on the list of causes of adult death which keeps the life expectancy ten years behind other industrialized nations. According to Indonesian Demographic and Health Survey, the 2012 maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births is 359 deaths, a significant increased from 2010. Both traditional and modern health practices are employed, with 86% of births being attended by skilled provider. Unsafe drinking water is a major killer of young children. A system of universal social health insurance coverage was launched in 2014 which has as a goal, free health care for all hospitalizations. Health care is offered both at the private and governmental levels with about twice as many private hospitals as public.
OCMC continues to support the strategic mission potential of the Metropolis of Singapore and South Asia and the Orthodox Church in Indonesia which is under the spiritual omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Constantine of Singapore and South Asia. This Team will provide support and assistance to the Church’s missionary initiatives which began thirty years ago in this nation where Christianity continues to be a minority faith.
Indonesia is a country with over 230 million people, where only six religions are officially recognized: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism and Protestantism. Islam’s strength and influence in numbers and power allow it to exert itself on the religious, political and social scenes, taking preferential treatment and limiting the activities of other faiths.
Health care professionals – doctors (gynecologists, ophthalmology, pediatrics, physiotherapy, general medicine, orthopedics and surgeons), pharmacists, nurses, dentists, nutritionists, counselors, health care students and other medical personnel – are needed.
Dates: September 18 -30, 2017
Cost: $1,110 (+ airfares)
Travel – Members make flight arrangements: a one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Monday, September 18 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL); depart from JAX for Medan, Indonesia on Wednesday, September 20, and return home from Medan, Indonesia on Saturday, September 30. Team members must fly on the same itinerary to and from the project destination (return locations will differ) -- OCMC will provide a travel itinerary. Airfares are not included in cost.
Fund raising - Each Team member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares. Team members raise funds to cover the cost of their participation. Participants are encouraged to let others know that they will be sharing in the work of missions through their tax-deductible donations, and invite others to participate through prayer and financial support. The cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses, excursion and materials.
OCMC relies solely on gifts and offerings from churches and individuals for support. If you would like to contribute to this ministry mission project - medicines, medical supplies - we welcome you to do so and are grateful for your support. This is optional and for that reason it is not included in the participant cost.
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