IPHC: INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

Upcoming Dates: 16 Apr 2018 - 14 Sep 2018

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Location: Marine Reach Training

Focus: INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

In a world where diarrhea kills 2195 children every day, more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined1, is there hope to be found?

Imagine a world where children don’t die from easily preventable and treatable diseases like diarrhea, a world completely eradicated of many infectious diseases like polio or malaria, a world without malnutrition caused by religious or cultural beliefs. What might the world look like if developing nations were no longer burdened by such diseases? This world can be a reality.
Primary health care is a strategy that was developed to address these issues in the most practical way; to care for as much of the problem as possible, as close to the problem as possible.

Introduction to Primary Health Care is a training course designed to equip missionaries with the skills to provide and teach physical and spiritualwellness in places with little or no access to health care. Skills to bring hope and healing to those who feel hopeless!

Now imagine yourself taking these skills to the most remote, isolated and forgotten people on earth! Imagine yourself bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people who have never heard of Him; SHOWING God’s heart of compassion and mercy, and TEACHING about His intentions for people! Imagine yourself fighting against injustice by showing value to those who seem to have no value – the untouchables, the forgotten, the oppressed… those whom Jesus calls the “LEAST OF THESE”; letting people know they are NOT forgotten, that God sees their suffering, cares deeply about it and wants to bring about change!

What if missionaries had tangible skills to help communicate these things despite differences in culture or language? IPHC is a 5 month training course for missionaries who desire these skills to help them serve their communities and build relationships.

1. Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Perin J, Scott S, Lawn JE, Rudan I, Campbell H, Cibulskis R, Li M, Mathers C, Black RE; Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group of WHO and UNICEF. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000. Lancet. 2012;379(9832): 2151-61.

STRUCTURE
IPHC is comprised of 3 months of classroom lectures followed by 2 months of field assignment in a developing area.
Both elements are required for successful completion of the course.
Instructors are from a variety of different healthcare backgrounds including doctors, physician assistants, nurses and long-term missionaries.

PRE-REQUISITES
Successful completion of a YWAM Discipleship Training School.
Medical professionals as well as those with no medical background are welcome.

CREDITS
20-24 credits will be earned upon successful completion of the Introduction to Primary Health Care Lecture Phase (CNH 261) and Field Assignment (CNH 262).
These credits may be applied to a UofN degree and have been accepted at some other colleges and universities.