A rural mission hospital in NW Zimbabwe. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through hospital evangelism.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Gala at Mukowe
Yesterday (Saturday) 20 of us from the hospital headed out to Mukowe (1 1/2 hours away) at 7:30 a.m. for a Gala to encourage the people in the area to be tested for HIV. Our 2 doctors, nurses and counsellors and nurse aides came.We had a theme of "Start the New Year Right--Know Your Status!" We went with 5 cars and our tractor and trailer!
We offered HIV testing and also Male Circumcision (which decreases your chance of getting HIV and helps to decrease Cervical Cancer in their partners) and blood pressure checks. We set up in the classrooms for the circumcisions and for the testing and counseling.
We started with Health Education and we had a lot of questions and answers for prizes. We also had soccer matches for the men and netball matches for the women. The band got people up and dancing and they all really enjoyed the day. We estimate about 400 people came.
We tested over 300 new people and only a few were positive--so we were happy for that. We did 30 circumcisions. We gave prizes to the winning teams and were exhausted when we headed for home at 6 p.m.
The staff had a great time and want to do it quarterly. The people had a great time and benefited from services we brought to them instead of waiting for them to go to clinics which are far away.
We want to make this a quarterly activity and reach some of the far away and hard to reach places for people in our area.
People dancing to the band
Band and the dancers
The crowd for the prize giving
First prize for soccer team included uniforms and balls and trophy