WORD FROM THE CO-FOUNDER

THE PREVENTIVE HEALTH PROJECT IN MALI

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE POOR & NEEDY

GOSPEL MEDICAL EVANGELISM

NATURAL HEALTH CARE  PROJECT.

WORD FROM THE CO-FOUNDER

Health is one of our life’s most important elements and attributes, a prerequisite for daily activities, performance and happy life in general.

The Chinese in 26 B.C. believed that disease occurred if people disturbed the natural order in the universe, and health is the state of their equilibrium.

When the balance is established, then man is healthy and when different influences disturbed the balance then disease occurred. Thus, the doctor’s duty is to help with the medications he prescribed to re-establish the natural equilibrium.

Factors that disturbed the equilibrium are environmental (wind, heat, water, food) and personal lifestyle (nutrition, drinks, sex life, work, recreation). The internal equilibrium is controlled by the external equilibrium which is the relationship between man and his surroundings.

Basically, human health is a reflection of the quality of relationship of human beings one with another. Health as the positive expression of our well-being is tightly connected to the quality of sharing and caring in relationships. Thus, in these relationships the total environment reflects our well-being “health”.

Contemporary understanding of human health in socio-medical terms is defined in terms of groups and the community, as a result of the individual’s interaction with the social environment.

This definition states that “Health is a state of complete physical, psychical and social well-being not just absence of disease and disability.”

In conventional terms, the concept of health as equilibrium between the man and his surroundings, unity of body and soul, on one hand and natural origin of the disease on the other hand, present Health as “harmonic organ functioning”, which even today has its meaning as a prerequisite for expression of our well-being. This is erroneous and a narrow medical concept which considers the disease as disturbance of such harmony caused by pathological agents in the environment. Therefore, health is restored after the doctor eliminates the harmful agent. Meaning, health is in the hands of the doctor through the therapy he prescribed. This is an erroneous concept of health.

If life is a constant fight with overweight problems, family problems, career problems, life conflicts then it cannot be defined as healthy. Obviously, health cannot be achieved only by healthy food and physical activity, but requires good balance between body, mind and spirit.

The core of the preventive medicine and disease prevention philosophy is the consciousness of the fact that our body, mind and spirit interact constantly and they determine our attitude to diseases or how to maintain healthy well-being.

Many costly and disabling conditions - cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases - are linked by common preventable risk factors. Tobacco use, prolonged unhealthy nutrition, physical inactivity or excessive and alcohol use are major causes and risk factors for these conditions.

The ongoing nutritional transition expressed through increased consumption of high fat, high salt and high sugar food products always contribute to the rising burden of heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

It is in the context of bad nutritional habits and the functional disequilibrium of our human organs leading to various ill-health that our preventive health project is initiated by the means of seminars, workshops, naturopathic therapies.

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Thank you

Prince Francis TAMAKLOE



THE PREVENTIVE HEALTH PROJECT IN MALI

The Health Sector Policy was reconfirmed and reinforced by Law No. 02 R 049 22 July 2002 Guidance Health Act which specifies the broad guidelines of the national health policy. Its main objectives are (i) improving the health of populations, (ii) the extension of health coverage and (iii) seeking greater sustainability and performance of the health system.

The national health policy is reinforced in its implementation through the development of the policy of solidarity and the elderly (1993), the Social Protection Policy (2002), the National Women and the child Policy (2002) and the National Gender Policy (2010).

The national policy of Solidarity in Mali is based inter alia: the constitution of the Republic of Mali, the strategic framework of the fight against poverty and international commitments. The major objective is to ensure the well-being by reducing the main social distress and instability sources for sustainable human development.

Its implementation is ensured by public and private actors. The achievement of the general objective of the national social development policy is ensured through the implementation of programs setting articulated around the following orientations:

- Strengthening solidarity and the fight against exclusion;

- The fight against poverty;

- Strengthening social protection.

VISION PDDSS 2014-2023

PDDSS is a document that specifies the strategic guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, that of Labour, Social and Humanitarian Affairs and the Promotion of Women, Family and Children. This plan is operationalized by its three components that make up the various development programs in the field of Health and Public Hygiene, the Labour and Social and Humanitarian Affairs and the Promotion of Women, Family and Child.

However, the axes of producing public health outcomes will be identified in the various documents. Thus, the synergies necessary to positively impact the health of populations will be developed. The vision and objectives are based on these basic principles. The vision of the Malian government health stems from its willingness to make every effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reduce poverty in accordance with guidelines GPRSF. It comes therefore as the best health possible for all of the Malian population in general and women and children in particular through universal access to quality health care at all levels of the health pyramid.

The foundations, values ​​and principles of this vision health are based on the Constitution of Mali which recognizes health as a fundamental right. The state, therefore, has the duty to define and implement an appropriate and consistent health policy that meets the legitimate aspirations and demands of the international context. The values ​​underpinning the national health policy based on equity, respect for human rights, and respect for the cultural identity of communities, patients' rights, gender and good governance. Mali has adhered to the principles of Primary Health Care (Alma Ata, 1978) that are based on:

• acceptability of health services for all;

• effectiveness and efficiency of health care;

• Responsiveness of health services;

• Universal access to care;

• Coordination and inter-sectorial collaboration;

• Individual and collective participation.

The vision of the Malian Government in social development is part of an interactive and participatory process in which economic growth should contribute to improved living conditions for all segments of the population. This will ensure the moral rearmament of all actors engaged in a process to meet the social demand increasingly urgent, fight disease and drive away forever the specter of famine for safeguarding her dignity human.


SOCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE POOR & NEEDY

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GOSPEL MEDICAL EVANGELISM

Opening Doors for Evangelism.


Nothing will open doors for the truth like evangelistic medical missionary work. This will find access to hearts and minds, and will be a means of converting many to the truth.

The evangelist who is prepared to minister to a diseased body is given the grandest opportunity of ministering to the sinsick soul. Such an evangelist should be empowered to administer baptism to those who are converted and desire baptism.... Medical missionary work is the right, helping hand of the gospel, to open doors for the proclamation of the message. . . .

Doors that have been closed to him who merely preaches the gospel will be opened to the intelligent medical missionary. God reaches hearts through the relief of physical suffering.-- Manuscript 58, 1901.


The principles of health reform are found in the Word of God. The gospel of health is to be firmly linked with the ministry of the Word. It is the Lord's design that the restoring influence of health reform shall be a part of the last great effort to proclaim the gospel message. -- Medical Ministry, p. 259. (1899)


As a means of overcoming prejudice and gaining access to minds, medical missionary work must be done, not in one or two places only, but in many places where the truth has not yet been proclaimed. We are to work as gospel medical missionaries, to heal the sin-sick souls by giving them the message of salvation. This work will break down prejudice as nothing else can.-- Testimonies,vol. 9, p. 211.


Medical missionary work is the right hand of the gospel. It is necessary to the advancement of the cause of God. As through it men and women are led to see the importance of right habits of living, the saving power of the truth will be made known. Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. As the right hand of the third angel's message, God's methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth.-- Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 59. (1902)

In every place the sick may be found, and those who go forth as workers for Christ should be true health reformers, prepared to give those who are sick the simple treatments that will relieve them, and then pray with them. Thus they will open the door for the entrance of the truth. The doing of this work will be followed by good results. -- Medical Ministry, p. 320. (1911)


It is for these reasons that we commenced the West African Sanitarium Project as a major aspect of our projects in the Republic of Mali. The youth, women and men who continue to benefit our training for capacity strengthening, small business management, seminars and workshops will be sensitized for gospel health programme.


We are grateful the to the living God for having provided the means to open two offices in the republic of Mali precisely in Bamako and Sikasso.


Plans are in place for Koutiala the most populous town in Mali and Kayes the second administrative region close to Senegal to be opened soon. 


The union of Christlike work for the body and Christlike work for the soul is the true interpretation of the gospel.-- An Appeal for the Medical Missionary College, pp. 14, 15. (1902)


THE MEDICAL WEDGE FOR CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM


The Great Entering Wedge.--I can see in the Lord's providence that the medical missionary work is to be a great entering wedge, whereby the diseased soul may be reached.-- Counsels on Health, p. 535. (1893)

It Removes Prejudice.--Medical missionary work is the pioneer work of the gospel, the door through which the truth for this time is to find entrance to many homes. . . . 


A demonstration of the principles of health reform will do much toward removing prejudice against our evangelical work. The Great Physician, the originator of medical missionary work, will bless all who thus seek to impart the truth for this time.-- Counsels on Health, p. 497. (1902)


It Gives Access to Hearts.--Do medical missionary work. Thus you will gain access to the hearts of the people. The way will be prepared for more decided proclamation of the truth. You will find that relieving their physical suffering gives an opportunity to minister to their spiritual needs. . . .

The union of Christlike work for the body and Christlike work for the soul is the true interpretation of the gospel.-- An Appeal for the Medical Missionary College, pp. 14, 15. (1902)


Reformative Discourses.--I have been informed by my guide that not only should those who believe the truth practice health reform but they should also teach it diligently to others; for it will be an agency through which the truth can be presented to the attention of unbelievers. They will reason that if we have such sound ideas in regard to health and temperance, there must be something in our religious belief that is worth investigation. If we backslide in health reform we shall lose much of our influence with the outside world.


The discourses preached at our large gatherings should be of a reformative nature. All the talent possible should be employed to set it before the people.

Many are disgusted with the dry formalism which exists in the Christian world. Many are becoming infidels because they see the lack of true piety in those who profess to be Christians. A good work could be done to prepare the way for the introduction of the truth if decided testimonies were borne upon the health and temperance branch of the work.


The matter of presenting true principles of health and temperance must not be passed over as unessential; for nearly every family needs to be instructed on this point. Nearly every person needs to have his conscience aroused to become a doer of the Word of God, practicing self-denial, and abstaining from the unlawful indulgence of appetite. When you make the people intelligent concerning the principles of health reform you do much to prepare the way for the introduction of present truth. Said my Guide, "Educate, educate, educate." The mind must be enlightened, for the understanding of the people is darkened. Satan can find access to the soul through perverted appetite, to debase and destroy it.-- Letter 1, 1875.


Extraits from Ellen G. White manuscripts.