World Medical Mission Case Study

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When Dr. Gerald Lauria walked into a town hospital in Congo in 2005, he was stunned. Coming from working in a large hospital in the United States consisting of many doctors per specialty, he was shocked to find this hospital run by just one physician. Dr. Lauria described the hospital as “sparse” and “primitive”, ridden with x-ray machines outdated by at least twenty years and empty medicine cabinets. Dr. Lauria’s experience is not an outlier. The dysfunctional and unsophisticated hospitals present in developing countries across the globe compared with the technologically elite and fully staffed hospitals in the United States only represent only one example of the many healthcare issues that developing countries face today.
Developing countries face far more health related issues than developed countries. The average citizen of a developed country can expect to live 36 years longer than those of developing countries. In
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Samaritan’s purse is a figure with many arms, and World Medical Mission is the medical arm of the organization. One significant function of World Medical Mission is to staff mission hospitals, from Latin America to Oceania, with Christian medical professionals such as physicians and dentists. From a general surgeon need in Liberia, to an OB/GYN need in Honduras, World Medical Mission provides a variety of medical specialties to cover as much as the developing world population as possible (“World Medical Mission”). With Sub-Saharan countries suffering with less than one doctor for every 40,000 people, an organization that feeds called medical professionals into developing countries effectively addresses this clear issue. Through their Post-Residency Program, World Medical Mission establishes two year programs for Christians physicians in areas of urgent need (“World Medical Mission”). By doing so, Samaritan’s Purse fulfills their mission of serving the Great Physician, Jesus

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