As Christian Organization, we orient ourselves to Jesus’ commission and his healing ministry (salvation and Healing). From the beginning in his life, Jesus dedicated himself for health and salvation of the people. It was a central theme of his ministry. At the moment when Jesus healed people, the being of God, his concern and friendship were visible in Jesus. Healing was a sign that expressed that with the coming of Jesus people could live in the area that is under God’s effective work. With this background we cannot and we do not simply agree that there are only few people who profit from high technological medicine while the majority of people on earth have no access to health services.
Statistics show that 14 Millions of people die annually of diseases, which are curable. 30,000 children die everyday and this seems to be normal to us instead of taking it as a challenge. 1/6 of the world population lives in absolute poverty, that is, they earn less than 1 US$ per day. 4.4 billion of people live in the so-called low- income countries, whereby 60% of people have no access to sanitary services. 30% has no clean water.
We think that this does not comply with the biblical message.
If we want to help people in the miserable situations we follow the motto that says: what is good for us in the West should help also others in the rest of the world.
Schon P.U. Unschuld has explained the conceptual and structural problems and differences that result from transfer of western views and systems concerning medicine to other cultures. If one wants to be close to the problems of health in the so-called developing countries it is very important to consider and accept some of the fundamental things.
It happens under the socio-economic conditions of poverty (Medicine of the Poor) that leads to harmfulness.Must consider cultural views and values that are not well understood in the West.
This field shows that the western medicine claims to be universally valid. Despite this claim the West has no answers for the problems of the third world. However, the West must not avoid being responsible for 4/5 of the people rather it must be active in seeking solutions. This appears to be difficult because the modern medicine has no concern about social needs and urgency of people’s health. This is shown by the medicine historian of Düsseldorf. This is evidenced by the fact that the social dimensions of diseases and diseases are hardly perceived in Germany and in the so-called developing countries.
We want to share our experiences in Tanzania in the following pages under the hint of “Health Service”. We cannot do this in details. That is why we recommend further literature for that.