Starfish Christian Trust: Nurses administering medication

Medical Assistance

It is inevitable that where there is poverty there is also sickness and disease. One measure that highlights the consequences of poverty are child mortality rates. This reflects not just the reasons that so many live in poverty, but also the resulting mortality through lack of healthcare, education and even access to clean water.

 

World Bank for mortality among the under fives 2012, highlight the link between poverty and death.

  • Somalia 180 deaths per 1,000
  • UK 5 deaths per 1,000
  • D R Congo 170 deaths per 1,000
  • Japan 3 deaths per 1,000
  • Haiti 165 deaths per 1,000

The provision of clean drinking water is a very cost effective and productive way to enable a community to improve in health. Many wells have been sunk in more remote areas. In India, Christians are often denied the use of the well by militant Hindu populations. The provision of a clean water well (for use by all) has saved many lives and prevented sickness.

 

It has also been possible to provide assistance where medical fees have been impossible to find due to poverty. For a family with no income and barely able to provide for their daily needs, a grant towards such fees has saved many lives and relieved much suffering. The restoration of sight for a pastor in the Philippines; the provision of an operation to save the leg of a girl in Guinea; the payment of medical fees in India for a sick child - these and many other occasions have been met by Starfish Christian Trust.

 

For a few pounds, a mosquito net for a child can make the difference between life and death. Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me."He finished, "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."

 

Even a small donation can save a life or bring healing to the sick.