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ACTS provides immunizations, medicine for deadly diseases, training in hygiene and ways to keep a healthy family environment. During lean times of famine, food is distributed to widows and orphans.
The Ellel Medical Center includes a maternity wing, wards for the sick, a dispensary, laboratory, consultation rooms and a dental clinic. The building was completed in spring of 2009.
Additional equipment and supplies are needed to fully equip the hospital.
There are no medical clinics or hospitals in Saonré or in the district where the ACTS Center is located. Ellel Medical Center provides a much needed service to a rural community of 85,000. Because a church has been established at the Center, a pastor is on duty to provide spiritual counseling and prayer for patients and families.
Dr. Dayamba Lamourdia joined the Ellel Medical staff in 2012 as our full-time physician.
It is estimated that 15,000 people from the village of Saonré and neighboring villages will benefit from the health care provided.
Widows who qualify have been issued medical cards for Ellel and are able to receive treatment at reduced cost.
Orphans receive treatment at no cost. The cost for treatment and medicines for orphans is subsidized by gifts to ACTS Ministry.
ACTS reaches individuals who are the poorest of Burkinabé society. They are broken by ignorance, poverty and hopelessness.
They have no means or tools to break the cycle of poverty.
ACTS ministers the love of Christ to them in practical ways to bring them to salvation.
The statistics for Burkina Faso speak for themselves:
Source for statistics: World Development Report 2005 and the Human Development Report 2005.
Before Ellel was opened deaths occurred among the women and children of Saonré. These deaths could have been prevented if even basic medical care was within reach.
Wood for cooking fires is scarce in the Sahel region of Africa where Burkina Faso is located. One woman was trying to cut a limb from a tree to use for firewood and while doing this she fell to the ground severely injured. With no medical treatment she died a day later.
A second woman was having difficulty in childbirth. She was finally taken by donkey cart to Ouagadougou miles away. When arriving at the hospital there, the woman was denied admission so her neighbor was forced to take her back to the village. On the return trip both she and her baby died.
Malaria is a deadly disease for malnourished children and adults. Medicines are unobtainable for the widows and orphans living in villages. ACTS provides them with medicine to ease the suffering from malaria and a feeding program provides one meal a day for widows and orphans.
Funding for the first phases of medical center gave the community a clinic building, chapel and doctors ready to serve. Equipment and supplies are necessary to continue serving the region of Komsilga. The Ministry of Health officially proclaimed Ellel as a hospital, but they require additional equipment for this level of certification. We are waiting for funds and donations to equip the center.
City electricity and water lines have been connected.
Health and Human Services Plans
The building construction to the Phase III level has been completed for the Ellel Medical Center, but medical equipment is needed to provide quality care. Donations for supplies are needed to outfit the Center.
Young girls in our vocational sewing program are busy sewing medical uniforms for the staff of the Ellel Medical Center. The young men are constructing beds, desks, chairs and tables for the rooms at the Medical Center.
We welcome inquiries from physicians about short-term medical assignments to assist our nurses and doctors.
If you know anyone who might be able to provide equipment, supplies or money to assist ACTS medical program, please let us know. We would be happy to follow up with any interested individuals.
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