HOME’s team in Minia, Egypt recently had the opportunity to visit two villages, Akaka and Koum El Ahmar, through the mobile clinic. Health services are virtually nonexistent in these areas, the closest hospital being at least 90 minutes away. Poverty is so rampant in these areas that people aren’t able to afford any kind of doctor’s visit or medication. The team of physicians saw 230 patients in 3 days with ophthalmology, internal medicine, and orthopedics being in especially high demand. We are looking forward to going back with more specialties as the people are in dire need of medical attention.
We thank the Lord for helping and protecting our team during this pandemic.
The health outreach program of the mobile clinics started with the aim of delivering medical and spiritual care to people in rural areas who do not have enough money to see a doctor or buy medications. In some of these areas (such as Upper Egypt) there are very few doctors, and needy patients in remote villages often lack the means to travel the considerable distances necessary to obtain medical attention. Thus, a mobile clinic was founded to serve needy people in these isolated areas. Traveling to remote areas, they examine large numbers of patients and distribute free medications. Most frequently, they have to treat conditions related to unsanitary hygienic conditions, as well as illnesses resulting from malnutrition. Patients needing surgery are referred to nearby hospitals. Patients are also prayed with and offered spiritual materials if needed.