The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently made significant donations to five Family Health Centers (CESFAM) in Chile. These donations, consisting of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, will enhance the primary care provided by these municipal health centers.
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These contributions from the Church of Jesus Christ are part of a plan to support primary health care received by low-income communities. Donations were made in large areas such as the metropolitan region of Santiago and in small communities such as Puqueldón on the island of Lemuy.
Some communities have experienced unexpected growth due to the influx of immigrants from countries such as Haiti, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia. Many of these people have no basic needs, so it is vital to have close medical care with a special emphasis on prevention. The growth and size of the target population, the obsolescence of equipment and the emergence of new technologies impose great challenges on the municipal health system.
Examples of equipment donated include a full electrical generator, specialized equipment (portable ultrasound unit, defibrillators, fetal heart rate monitors, and TENS [transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation] unit), dental chairs, hydraulic tables, podiatry chairs and obstetrics / gynecology beds for better patient service, exercise bikes and treadmills, computers and monitors to improve and record patient health.
The leaders of each CESFAM expressed gratitude after receiving the donations. In San Pedro de Melipilla, the Director of the Department of Health, Valeska Manzo Arancibia, said: “We are very grateful that this refurbished equipment improves the quality of the services we provide to our users. This is a great help for us. It is the first time that we will have a special chair for our podiatrist and our seniors will benefit the most ”.
The mayor of the same city, Emilio Cerda Sagurie, commented: “We are very happy and grateful for this collaboration with our CESFAM. We want to thank you for choosing us to make this donation, which is so important and necessary “.
In some communities the donation was accompanied by a celebration. The festive spirit generated by donation highlights that service to others produces joy and generates a spirit of brotherhood and love. This was the case of a CESFAM in Lampa, which organized a party that included music and the traditional dance of the cueca.
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Evaluation of all these projects is led by volunteer missionaries from the Humanitarian Services Department of the Church of Jesus Christ. Local church leaders attended the handover to each CESFAM, whose employees will direct the work in the community. Many health representatives and government leaders also opened their doors and helped identify needs.
Humanitarian Services of the Church of Jesus Christ
Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors relief and development projects in 195 countries and territories. It provides aid regardless of race, religious affiliation or national origin. Following Jesus Christ’s admonition to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and afflicted, these efforts alleviate suffering, foster self-reliance, and provide opportunities for service.
This important commitment is made possible by the generous donations and volunteer work of Latter-day Saints and friends of faith around the world. More than 1 million hours of work are donated annually by volunteers to support welfare initiatives.
This story was originally published in the Spanish Newsroom.