Medical Outreaches are activities where short-term integral healthcare services are provided by members of HCF to local communities. This can be organized by the national HCF alone or preferably in partnership with other Christian organizations who share their vision and values.
Medical outreach is a practical way of demonstrating the love of God in the health field
Reasons for an HCF medical outreach
The two acceptable reasons for an HCF medical outreach:
- Disaster relief situations
- Integration with Integral Community Health programs, especially in the phase of entering into communities.
Best Practice Elements of Medical Outreaches
Teams prioritize a relationship with a local entity and agree to cooperate while working toward a defined goal for a significant period of time. The relationships with the local partners should be: Collaborative (no party dominates, all parties share vision and values, working together as equals); Impact focused (producing long-term positive results for the communities); Enabling (giving access to ideas and training resources); Mutually transforming (all parties learning from one another and being transformed as a result); Synergistic (combined effect larger than individual efforts). This would usually require an annual repetition of the medical outreach in the same community until the agreed-upon goals have been achieved.
Teams foster an environment of learning for local practitioners and community members through training events and lectures for local personnel and community members. The ICH ministry has excellent materials available on many relevant topics, written according to WHO standards.
Teams recognize the need for reflection and feedback from partners, patients and team members in order to improve the success of their intervention.
Teams work toward having a lasting impact on the population with whom they interact while positively influencing health outcomes. The best way to do this is to seek synergy with an Integral Community Health program in the relevant community.