Nazareth, Israel, Medical Ministry
We are gearing up for the summer of 2018 trip to Nazareth, Israel (pictured above). David is awaiting the official decision from Israel Ministry of Health regarding temporary medical license after all of the needed information was recently submitted by Nazareth Hospital. We are really excited to see this coming together and look forward to having two weeks in Nazareth in support of Nazareth Hospital as we work with them in seeing and treating patients, help with educational goals, and provide teaching.
Diabetes has become a problem in Israel and we want to help community efforts to lower the incidence rates of this terrible disease that we are all too familiar with in our home area of southwest Mississippi, USA. At our clinic in Mississippi, there are over 400 with just diabetes alone, so there is a high level of understanding of this disease that can be used to help others in Israel also. Some information about this disease in Israel is available by reading these two articles: (1) http://www.timesofisrael.com%2Fisraelis-dying-more-from-diabetes-new-report-says/ ; (2) http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0176661 .
We have set the dates for our trip from July 4 – 19. We will be residing on the campus of Nazareth Hospital and look forward to seeing what God has planned for us with work there. Dr. Smith with helping with patient care along with educational projects being planned. Autumn will be helping along with Haylee at Nazareth Village which is next to the hospital and volunteering at the hospital also. Haylee, who is 5 years old, is looking forward to getting to be a shepherdess at the Nazareth Village and finally getting to see Mozi, a special donkey there. You can find out more about the Nazareth Village by checking out their website.
We have the finances needed for the trip and are asking for donations to be given to Nazareth Hospital to help with the purchase of a CT scanner needed by the hospital. If one has symptoms of a possible stroke, a diagnosis is needed immediately to be treated in the best possible way. Without this, permanent paralysis or even death could be the outcome. When every second counts, quick and local access to expert care really makes a difference to a person’s quality of life after suffering a stroke. The hospital already has a team of amazing doctors and nurses who know how to deliver this life-saving care. They have recently received agreement from the Israeli Ministry of Health to carry out specialist stroke procedures. However, the vital piece of equipment now needed is a brand-new state-of-the-art CT scanner. This scanner saves lives as it is crucial for accurate diagnosis of the type of stroke suffered, but it comes at a cost of $600,000. Without it, Nazareth’s stroke victims cannot receive the immediate care they need, and usually have to be transferred outside of Nazareth losing the precious time that could save their life. 100% of funds donated to Saint Pantaleon Foundation from March up until the time of the trip will be given to the hospital upon arrival in Nazareth.
To learn more about the Saint Pantaleon Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) organization which provides finances and direction for this ministry, visit our website at https://www.saintpantaleon.org . We will be keeping regular updates on this blog site as well as on our Facebook page, too.
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