During August 2000, The Foundation for Healthcare for Humanity undertook a mission trip to Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. The medical necessity was great, and there are no words to describe the lack of medical care in Africa. Few in America have ever been exposed to such deprivation.
Prior to undertaking this mission of healing, The Foundation collected donations of medicine and medical supplies. They came from doctors and drug companies in the US, and resulted in eight military duffel bags filled with necessary supplies. We arrived in Burkina Faso and set up for a two day medical fair to treat the Burkinabe people.
Several doctors and nurses from the area assisted us in diagnosing over 1,000 patients and administering medications. Malaria and its resulting conditions, skin diseases, diabetes and malnutrition in children and adults were the main health disorders, which we encountered and treated, not to mention AIDS. Before we left Burkina Faso, we equipped their medical team to be able to continue the work.
Our next stop was Cote d’Ivoire. We visited an orphanage with approximate 30 children. Many of these children were abandoned by their parents who had AIDS, or because of some physical deformity and/or retardation. The orphanage has been operating for 20 years under the supervision of local and national government. We ministered to these children through donations of food, toys and clothing, as well as personal hygiene items.
Since 2002, FHH has subsequently sponsored other missionary trip to Cotonou, Benin and Togos.