IPHC: Introduction to Primary Health Care
In a world where diarrhea kills 2195 children every day, more than AIDS, malaria, and measles
combined1, is there hope to be found? Primary Health Care is the answer.
Imagine a world where children don’t die from easily preventable and treatable diseases like diarrhea, a world completely eradicated of many infectious diseases like polio or malaria, a world without malnutrition caused by religious or cultural beliefs. What might the world look like if developing nations were no longer burdened by such diseases? This world can be a reality.
Primary health care is a strategy that was developed to address these issues in the most practical way; to care for as much of the problem as possible, as close to the problem as possible.
Introduction to Primary Health Care is a training course designed to equip missionaries with the skills to provide and teach physical and spiritual wellness in places with little or no access to health care. Skills to bring hope and healing to those who feel hopeless!
Now imagine yourself taking these skills to the most remote, isolated and forgotten people on earth! Imagine yourself bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people who have never heard of Him; SHOWING God’s heart of compassion and mercy, and TEACHING about His intentions for people! Imagine yourself fighting against injustice by showing value to those who seem to have no value - the untouchables, the forgotten, the oppressed… those whom Jesus calls the “LEAST OF THESE”; letting people know they are NOT forgotten, that God sees their suffering, cares deeply about it and wants to bring about change!
What if missionaries had tangible skills to help communicate these things despite differences in culture or language? IPHC is a 5 month training course for missionaries who desire these skills to help them serve their communities and build relationships.
◦ IPHC is comprised of 3 months of classroom lectures followed by 2 months of field assignment
in a developing area, potentially in the South Pacific or Southeast Asia.
◦ Both elements are required for successful completion of the course.
◦ Instructors are from a variety of different healthcare backgrounds including doctors, physician assistants, nurses and long-term missionaries.
◦ Successful completion of a YWAM Discipleship Training School.
◦ Medical professionals as well as those with no medical background are welcome.
◦ 20-24 credits will be earned upon successful completion of the Introduction to Primary Health Care Lecture
Phase (CNH 261) and Field Assignment (CNH 262).
◦ These credits may be applied to a UofN degree and have been accepted at some other colleges and universities.
◦ Contact us for more information!
1. Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Perin J, Scott S, Lawn JE, Rudan I, Campbell H, Cibulskis R, Li M, Mathers C, Black RE; Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group of WHO and UNICEF. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000. Lancet. 2012;379(9832): 2151-61.
Below is an overview of what the IPHC Course Includes:
◦ Hands on training in healthcare techniques & practices
◦ Learning to diagnose and treat common diseases
◦ Importance of nutrition rehabilitation and its impact on community health
◦ Addressing the issues of mother and child health
◦ Exposure to health structures of developing nations
◦ Supporting national healthcare providers through working alongside them
◦ Learning principles of international health and development
◦ The use of field diagnostic tools e.g. rapid malaria tests or hemoglobin test kits
◦ Instruction on the importance, strategy and implementation of immunizations
◦ Learning healthcare practices for areas with little or no access to regular healthcare
◦ Clinical field experience
◦ Instruction and practice of health education for a village environment
◦ Emergency first response training