6th April 2017

40 Days Of Prayer To Answer The Cry

 

DAY 32

 

QUESTION: Tomorrow is World Health Day. How far do you have to travel to see a doctor or attend a hospital appointment? Although health services in the UK are under pressure, we take it for granted that we can visit a surgery, a pharmacy or an accident department with ease. What if you faced the situation many refugees experience in the Middle East living in crowded, sub-standard housing in places where medical attention is not available or beyond your means?

 

"… a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him." Luke 10:33-34

 

SAT-7 launched its "Medicine and Life" series in 2016 to serve refugees in the Arab world. The weekly programme (also available on Youtube at any time) offers health advice and first aid training by medical professionals used to caring for displaced people.

 

One part of the show is a five-minute segment with the motto "You are your own doctor". Dr Hany Keylada, the presenter, is an Egyptian Christian who has trained over 120 refugee community leaders on the Syrian border to be "doctor substitutes". As an example of its effectiveness, he mentions a Syrian woman he trained who rushed to a neighbour injured in a motorcycle accident. "She took the decision after consulting me on Whatsapp to perform 47 stitches. These literally saved his life; Praise God!" Keylada says.

 

Not every viewer of "Medicine and Life" will be called upon to go this far, but Dr Keylada decided to include such emergency situations for those who are. The show's bite-size video demonstrations also cover disease prevention, underlying health conditions and mental health issues. The goal, Dr Keylada says, is to enable people to be "efficient, qualified and courageous Good Samaritans".

 

PRAY: that viewers of "Medicine and Life" will be equipped to care effectively for their families and neighbours in every day and emergency situations.

 

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