Shipment of Donated Medical Equipment to Zambia
BACKGROUND Rivers of Living Water Mission is a local church registered in Zambia under the Registrar Societies ACT of Zambia. The primary objective is to preach and teach the love of God through the distribution of Bibles/Biblical literature, economic help, foodstuff, clothing, and medical supplies irrespective of race, color, gender, religion, political affiliation, social status, or another status. Since 2020, the organization in conjunction with our partners (Vitamin Angels) from the United States has been donating to Ndeke Village hospital Vitamins A supplements, De-worming tablets, and Multiple Micronutrients Supplements (MMS) to under-five children and pregnant mothers. Statistically speaking, the organization has cared for 7,250 under-five children and 400 pregnant mothers in the Ndeke Village community. In December 2020 the organization partnered with Benevolent Healthcare Foundation T/A (PROJECT C.U.R.E) by providing donated medical equipment & supplies to hospitals and clinics in Zambia. The value of the donation is between US$300,000.00 and $350,000.00 per container. It was agreed that Rivers of Living Water Mission pay for shipment, participation fees, and return air-ticket for our partner`s Consultant for inspection of our health center in Ndeke Village. In October 2021, the organization was approved by the Honorable Minister of Finance as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO). This was made possible due to the above-mentioned charity works done in our community. Facilitating the shipment of donated medical equipment itemized above will have an enormous impact on the health of the people of the Kamfinsa constituency and nearby communities who require complex surgical procedures and diagnostic testing must travel long distances to receive these services at prohibitively expensive costs. Rivers of Living Water Mission has plans of using the Ndeke Village hospital as a medical mission field to complement the government`s efforts of providing good and affordable healthcare to the people of Zambia. Once fully equipped, the hospital will create employment opportunities for the locals in the medical field and health education for the medical trainees. It will decongest the number of admitted patients to Kitwe Teaching Hospital thereby reducing the doctor/nurse/ midwifery to patient ratio which is in line with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Lastly, it will promote our country`s health policies which are modeled along with the national health vision of ``equity access to cost-effective and affordable health services, as close to the family as possible.