Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA) – Rapid Expansion of Opportunities in Cardiac Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa
In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Russ White, Chief of Surgery and Director of Medical Education at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, will look at the relative burden of cardiac disease in the developing world, and particularly the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. Most people generally think of infectious diseases and trauma-related conditions as necessarily being the priority for health care in the developing world. However, non-communicable chronic conditions represent an enormous portion of the disease burden in Sub-Saharan Africa, with surgically correctable cardiac conditions causing a disproportionately high amount of loss of life and productivity. Dr. White will discuss the opportunities which are developing within the region to begin to meet this enormous challenge. As Christian health care providers, we have a unique opportunity to bring complete healing of hearts to a large group of often forgotten people.
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Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA) – Linking Resident Education and Discipleship Across Country Borders: The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul writes, “And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” That verse has been the major component of the marching orders for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons since 1997. In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Keir Thelander, the Chief Medical Officer of PAACS, will share how God has now expanded PAACS’ influence to 9 training sites in 8 different countries across Africa. One hundred percent of PAACS’ graduates continue to work and serve and share the love of Christ in Africa. In spite of the challenges of overseeing a cross-cultural, across country borders program, God continues to open doors for growth and the expansion of His glory through PAACS.
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Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) was honored to partner with Child Legacy International (CLI) and their Clean Water Climb initiative for the 2017 M3 Conference. M3 is so excited to announce that seven M3 Conference attendees will be joining CLI this September on their Clean Water Climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro! The purpose of this annual climb is to raise awareness and funds for clean water in Malawi, Africa. You may be thinking, “Why climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro?” It’s simple. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. It reaches an outrageous 19,341 feet. That’s nearly 4 miles upward. This mountain is large, and that is a perfect representation of the enormity of the water problem in Malawi, Africa.
Death and disease, because of unclean drinking water, are heartbreaking and preventable, and should move us to take action. When God breaks our heart for the things that break His, we are moved to do things beyond the limits we place on ourselves. The Clean Water Climb was created to bring clean water to Malawi, Africa, in the name of Jesus, through a four part mission: Clean Water Fundraising, Acclimatization Safari, Mt. Kilimanjaro Hike, and Water Well Repairs / Gospel Presentation in the villages and schools of Malawi.
For this purpose, CLI brings people and organizations together who have a passion to quench the thirst of those seeking clean water. At the M3 Conference, people are able to connect with great organizations, like Child Legacy International, to help meet the pressing needs around the globe while bringing all glory to God!
We know our M3 Attendees will be blessed as they bless the people of Malawi, and we look forward to sharing an update with you when they return from their climb. In the meantime, please be sure to keep the Clean Water Climb team in your prayers as they go to Africa to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) would like to extend a very big thank you to all of our Church Partners! Because of our Church Partnerships, we were able to spread the word about M3 even further to beautiful mission-minded congregations. Our Church Partners helped us propel the vision of M3 – “Connect with others. Be inspired. Find your mission.”
To be a Church Partner of M3 means to come alongside us to promote the vision of the conference to your congregation. To inquire about becoming a Church Partner of the upcoming 2018 M3 Conference, please click here to contact us.
To learn more about the heart and mission of each of our 2017 Church Partners, please click the name of each Church Partner below to visit their individual websites. Truly, we couldn’t have done it without them because together, we are better!