In addition to personnel resources, CMM will focus on resources for international healthcare missions in the following areas:
Management of personnel, projects, finances, clinics, hospitals, future planning, staff development, quality improvement…and the list goes on and on. CMM would like to address management issues through the following:
- Develop standards for international health initiatives including, but not limited to, mission hospitals, health centers and clinics.
- Establish a core of “Best Practices.”
- Address leadership development.
- Host an “email chat room” to share management ideas, related especially to the above areas.
Adequacy of resources for international healthcare, especially healthcare for the poor, continues to be a struggle in the developing world. Compounding this is the overwhelming HIV/AIDS problem many countries are facing. CMM is pursuing funds from the “Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief” (PEPFAR) announced by President Bush in the State of the Union address in January 2003. This initiative does seek to involve faith-based organizations to great degree in government-funded HIV/AIDS work. We are working on a needs-assessment directed toward the 12 countries of Africa identified in PEPFAR.
Submitting grant proposals can be a tedious and time-consuming process. We realize you do not have time to spend in the mountainous paperwork required for individual project proposals. CMM would like to develop a simplified process for you to obtain funds by combining projects and submitting large grant proposals to either government or non-government sources. Through a much simpler application process, we would be able to disburse funds to you. This would also enhance both project evaluation and monitoring.
Training for New Healthcare Missionaries
The Christian Medical Fellowship in the UK has developed an excellent two-week course for those planning to do healthcare missions in developing countries. This course is very helpful for new personnel in adjusting to the cultural and spiritual environments they will be working in. It is also a practical course, emphasizing the wise and creative use of available resources. You may learn more about this course on www.healthserve.org. If the demand grows for this type of training, we would consider developing a sister course in the U.S. or combining with some of the tropical medicine courses now in existence. www.healthserve.org is also an excellent site for resources and helps in other areas of medical missions and international healthcare.