In 2005, Frank Puhl, director of African ministries for Encompass World Partners, received word of a man in Chad who died from an appendicitis rupture.
The closest surgical clinic to the man was 60 miles away, and his family could not afford the costs of transportation to the surgical clinic nor could they afford the procedure. They tried to save up enough, but it was too late.
The present medical needs of the Chadian people like this man who lost his life is why the building of surgical clinics are so important. Encompass Medical Centers strategically built in isolated locations can provide much-needed services for thousands of nearby people who would otherwise remain untreated. On top of receiving medical aid, these clinics serve as platforms for spiritual healing with the help of partnering local churches.
At the beginning of this year, plans and preparations to build a new medical center in the village of Dobo, Chad were made. This month, the laborers commenced the construction process by breaking ground and creating a sturdy foundation for the building. In order to complete the center in a cost-effective time frame, Paul the foreman needs to have the building fund at full.
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