In parts of Nigeria, where diseases are seen as a result of witchcraft and disabilities are believed to be due to sins committed by the person or their parents, All Saints Rural Health Services (ASRHS) has been providing basic health services and education to those in need since 2009. They empower and train the local women from the parish who visit the sick, homebound, and those in additional need of spiritual support. With only 4 physicians per 10,000* people and a life expectancy rate of 49 years**, this program provides a better quality of life centered around the life-saving power of the gospel.
291 People Served
45 local volunteers
Dedicated Lutheran health professionals and pastors provide multi-day trainings to local volunteer women. These training sessions cover topics such as water and sanitation, preventative measures for malaria, STDs, HIV, and how to have effective conversations about faith. The women who attend these trainings go out into the community and provide light medical care to their neighbors and people in the surrounding communities.
The average life expectancy in Nigeria is only 49 years old. Local volunteer women make it their goal to not only provide care and healing to people's physical ailments but also share the ultimate life-saving message of the gospel with those they meet. In the last year, volunteers recommended immunization to nearly 200 children, referred over 40 sick children to the local hospital, and encouraged more than 500 people to continue to attend church.
Rose wanted to do something about the health crisis in Nigeria. All around her people were dying from diseases and illnesses that were entirely preventable. She didn’t have the proper training or the ability to go back to school, but God placed a desire in Rose’s heart to be bold. READ MORE
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*WHO: Global Atlas of the Health Workforce
**WHO: Global Health Observatory