Pursuing People Through Health Care
The Lazarus Clinic provides services that are structured through different health programs that address the top ten causes of death in low income countries. The ability to structure each patient visit into the appropriate health program allows the clinic as well as supporting spiritual leaders and preachers to track the patient for continued follow up in the community as well as in the clinic. In this way, every individual on the medical team, including the patient, is empowered to pursue health for better outcomes.
Noncommunicable diseases were responsible for two-thirds of all deaths globally in 2011. The four main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. We treat hypertension, diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and psychiatric disorders in our chronic disease program with 95% of our patients well-controlled on their medications.
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, and 80% of cases occur in the developing world. It is the leading cause of death from cancer among women in developing countries, and unlike many cancers, it is preventable. We provide screening services as well as case management, including sponsoring treatment for patients with cancer and pre-cancerous abnormalities in our women's health program.
In general, men have more opportunity and better means to access health services than women, yet few utilize health services due to reluctance to address uniquely male concerns. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among males in Central America. Our men's health program addresses sexually transmitted diseases, musculoskeletal conditions and prostate conditions, including sponsoring treatment for patients whose conditions undermine their quality of life.
Our walk-in program addresses acute infections, such as diarrhea and lower respiratory infections, which are the leading cause of death in children under age 5. This program is an "open door" that allows us to to treat acute conditions while also screening each patient for other health concerns to refer appropriately to additional programs.
We also take pride in health promotion and prevention in the community through our public health program, which allows our medical team to share essential health teachings regarding hygiene, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and road safety, as well as promote health screenings to recruit new patients.
We love to serve our mission employees and their families as well as the beneficiaries of our different initiatives in our family clinic. We intentionally take advantage of our “easy access” and repeated contact with this patient group, virtually guaranteeing positive results and great impact in these families over time. Consider giving your time, your talent, and your treasure to the growing impact that our health and wellness initiatives are realizing in southern Honduras. Peace and health to you!