Faithful Work during a Global Pandemic
On September 12 we welcome IMA World Health and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to speak about their work overseas, how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the communities they serve, and how their work has adapted because of it. Join us at 9 a.m. via Zoom to learn how these two partners keep focused on their mission and their partners while responding to the global pandemic. The Zoom link for the Adult Ed will be sent out via email along with the worship information. CPC has been a regular contributor to both IMA and PDA for their work internationally.
IMA WORLD HEALTH partners with hospitals and other healthcare service deliverers to strengthen their health systems so they are able to provide quality care to patients. In Tanzania, IMA provided the pediatric cancer ward at Muhim- bili National Hospital with a new state of the art bio-safety cabinet which has increased the safety and accuracy of mixing the correct dosage of chemotherapy medication needed for each patient. Due to Covid-19, however, supplying chemotherapy medicines became a challenge due to disruptions in the supply chain worldwide. IMA was able to help the hospital obtain an adequate supply of chemotherapy medicines as well as other essential medicines that were urgently needed to addressing childhood cancer. This year, the CPC Envision Board gave a grant to IMA to expand the capacity at Ilam Hospital in Nepal with medical equipment for their ICU, allowing them to better treat COVID-19 patients and others in respiratory distress.
PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and cata- strophic events. PDA pulled $2.7 million from reserves to seed the COVID-19 ongoing response in the United States and internationally. These are funds that have been given by donors to PDA’s general fund over the years. From these funds, PDA disbursed 87 grants last year totaling $926,528.22 in 56 countries. Many of these grants supported WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects, which are critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19, in addition to addressing emergency and ongoing food insecurity. Additionally, some partners launched education and communication initiatives to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in remote communities.
PLEASE JOIN US AT 9 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 12 and there will still be time for you to get to worship!
Photographs below left to right PDA – BIRDS (BharAti Integrated Rural Development Society), a grassroots organization in India, distributes food and other items. IMA – pharmacist using chemotherapy machine.