"I am deeply thankful," he said. "I was suffering with constant stomachache for the past five months. I did not have money to go to the hospital for checkups."
Raizel, too, attended the medical camp and found help for her problems. Even though she was a widow—a population of society that is often rejected and believed to carry a curse that caused their husbands' death—she found love and free care through GFA-supported medical ministry.
"Due to my tight work [schedule] and insufficient money, I could not go for medical checkups in a hospital," she shared. "But my daughters told me about the free medical camp and asked me to come for a checkup. Thus, I could get [an eye exam] and got an eyedrop for my eyes and vitamin tablets for my weakness in the body. Thank you very much for helping me to get this aid."
GFA-supported Medical Camps Change Lives
Medical camps like the one organized for Ahmed and Raizel's community treat many illnesses, such as diarrhea, eye diseases, anemia, yellow fever and stomach problems. To help combat malnutrition among children and pregnant women, vitamin tablets are often distributed as well. Educational classes or pamphlets are also provided to instruct families on basic—but often unknown—hygiene practices that will protect the families' health for years to come.
People who attend medical camps receive the gift of better health, which means they will have the ability to be more successful in their work and schooling. And a healthier community means a stronger community.
Anthony Lake, the UNIFEC executive director, put it this way:
"Without health care, how can children reach their full potential? And without a healthy, productive population, how can societies realize their aspirations?"2