The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently made significant donations to five Centers for Family Health (CESFAM) in Chile. These donations, consisting of diagnostic and treatment equipment, will improve the primary care provided by these municipal health centers.
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These donations 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, as well as in small communities such as Pukeldon on the island of Lemuy.
Some communities experienced unexpected growth due to the influx of immigrants from countries such as Haiti, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia. Many of these people do not have basic needs, so it is key to have immediate medical attention with a special emphasis on prevention. The growth and size of the target population, obsolescence of equipment and the emergence of new technologies pose major challenges to the municipal health system.
Examples of donated equipment include a full electrical generator, specialized equipment (portable ultrasound machine, defibrillators, fetal heart rate monitors and TENS [transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation] units), dental chairs, hydraulic beds, podiatry chairs and OB/GYN tables to better serve patients, stationary bikes and treadmills, and computers and monitors to improve and record patient health.
The heads of each CESFAM expressed gratitude upon receiving the donations. In San Pedro de Mellipilla, the director of the Ministry of Health, Valeska Manzo Arancibia, said: “We are very grateful because this renewed equipment improves the quality of the services we provide to our users. This is a huge help for us. For the first time we will have a dedicated chair for our orthopedist and our older people will benefit the most.”
The mayor of the same city, Emilio Cerda Saguerre, 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 needed.”
In some communities, the donation was accompanied by a celebration. The holiday spirit generated by giving emphasizes that service to others creates joy and breeds a spirit of brotherhood and love. This was the case with CESFAM in Lampa, which organized a celebration that included music and the traditional Kueka dance.
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The evaluation of all these projects is led by the volunteer missionaries of the Human Services Department of the Church of Jesus Christ. Local church leaders were involved in the delivery to each CESFAM, whose officers would lead the work in the community. Many health officials and government leaders also opened their doors and helped identify needs.
Humanitarian Services of the Church of Jesus Christ
The humanitarian services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsor relief and development projects in 195 countries and territories. Provides assistance without regard to race, religion, or national origin. Following Jesus Christ’s counsel to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and suffering, these efforts alleviate suffering, promote self-reliance, and provide opportunities for service.
This important outreach is made possible by the generous donations and volunteerism of Latter-day Saints and friends of faith around the world. More than 1 million hours of work are given each year by volunteers to support wellness initiatives.
This story was originally published on Spanish Newsroom.