While working in Haiti for almost 20 years in public health and development, I have seen firsthand the incredible impact that well-managed and well-funded programs can have on the lives of vulnerable populations, especially women and children. Of the many global health and development programs that I have had the good fortune to be involved in, one of the most successful has been with the South Florida-based Project Medishare for Haiti, where I currently serve as executive director.
On February 24th l landed in Johannesburg and was brought to Munsieville. The trip to where I was staying in Krugersdorp was about an hour, and I spoke at length with my driver Simon about the political and socioeconomic climate in South Africa. Jacob Zuma, the previous president of the country, had just stepped down amongst longstanding frustrations with his abuse of power, and there is a aire of cautious optimism about the future of the government and their incoming president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who has promised to make a stand against the widespread government corruption which has been plaguing the country.
By Jenny Eaton Dyer

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day. To achieve parity and inclusivity for millions of women worldwide, the first step is contraception, which are not only lifesaving mechanisms in the developing world, but a key to flourishing. For this International Women’s Day, we, as Christian leaders — pastors and activists, authors and artists — ask you to stand with the 220 million women who say they want life abundantly, with access to contraceptives. The U.S. leads the world in funding for international family planning. (Since the Helms Amendment passed in 1973, none of this funding has supported providing abortions.) But last year, President Trump recommended zeroing out this funding in global health.
At Vanderbilt a busy day in the surgical clinic could involve seeing 20-30 patients, all of whom are in the electronic medical record with their medical and surgical history, labs and imaging at your finger tips. You count yourself lucky and efficient if you can finish typing or dictating all of the notes by the end of the day!

Here at Kijabe, Kenya it’s a different story. Surgical clinic opens at 9am and ends whenever patients have finished being seen, usually around 6pm. Yesterday we saw over 120 patients with two attending surgeons, three residents, and two interns. Patients start showing up the night before if they travel long distances, and will sleep in the hospital hallways overnight. When we arrive to clinic the halls are crammed full with patients and their families hopeful to find an answer or a solution to what has been ailing them.
By Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD

Hope Through Healing Hands was proud to be a lead sponsor at the annual Jubilee Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA where almost four thousand college students gather each year to consider the intersection of their vocation with their faith. These eager students were ready to take a deep dive in both weighty issues, such as race, socio-economics, mass incarceration, and global health as well as explore ideas to explore their callings in life.

M3 Conference Recap

Feb 23 2018

By Amy Fogleman, RN

The Mobilizing Medical Missions Conference, also known as “M3” had its third annual conference February 23-24, 2018 at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.

During this two-day conference, exhibitors and attendees were encouraged to connect with one another in a meaningful way to further the work and passions of those working, or looking to get involved in the medical missions field. The conference attracts faith-based medical professionals, those on the verge of becoming medical professionals, and medical and global health mission support fields to use their time, talents, and faith to reach a hurting and broken world.
By Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD

Last week, VUSM’s World Health hosted global health hero, Dr. Paul Farmer, from Harvard Medical School. Over the course of the week, VUSM hosts speakers on various global health topics each day. On Wednesday, I was asked to speak on the issues of women’s health in developing nations. For this discussion, I developed a talk to address critical issues and interventions for maternal and child health, including family planning and nutrition, during the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
By Jessica Murray
I came to Belize as part of my field placement experience for my Masters of Public Health program. As an epidemiology student, I am interested in who has disease and why. Currently, there is an epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin in the Mesoamerican region. Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin or Mesoamerican nephropathy has been seen in countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica; however, we do not quite know if it has made its way to Belize as there is no published data on this disease here. I came with a surgery resident and her attending physician to Belize to work at La Loma Luz Hospital to do research (chart reviews and patient interviews) on this topic. There has been a lot of difficulty in getting my research project approved with the hospital and the Ministry of Health in Belize; however, I was successful and have finally been able to start my project. So far it’s been a great experience to do international research, as well getting to know people in Belize, about how they live, and the problems they face regarding healthcare.
By Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), and Zippy Duvall

Today, more than 75 million people around the world are starving and 800 million lack enough food to live a healthy life. Every year, poor nutrition causes more than three million children to die from hunger, nearly half of whom are under the age of 5. Making matters worse, there are an unprecedented four countries – Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria – experiencing near-famine conditions at the same time, and warring parties are, in many cases, deliberately blocking access to aid. For decades, American farmers have played a critical role in reducing hunger overseas. Since the Food for Peace program was established by Congress in 1954, more than four billion people and more than 150 countries have benefited from U.S.-supported food security programs.
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