Saving lives through
Believers Church educates thousands of people about topics like hand washing, substance abuse and AIDS prevention.
Basic health practices that many take for granted—such as washing hands after going to the bathroom—are unknown to millions of people in developing nations. Many don’t understand the need to bathe regularly, brush their teeth or boil contaminated drinking water. They don’t realize the harm of early marriage and childbearing. No one has ever told them to take medicine when sick, drink fluids while having diarrhea or vaccinate their children.
Because of this, a simple fever or infection can quickly turn deadly. Many children die from preventable sicknesses. Girls marry and start having children in their teens, many losing their own lives or their babies during pregnancy.
Superstition and myths only add to the problem. For example, newborns not only lack a sterile environment during birth—villagers in many places apply cow dung after cutting their umbilical cords, unknowingly inviting infection.
This widespread lack of health and hygiene awareness causes frequent illness and premature death for millions.
Educating Communities on Disease Prevention
Improving Health by Raising Awareness
Since improving health in undeveloped communities starts with education, Believers Church is committed to raising health and hygiene awareness through rallies, programs, community classes and more. Our vision is to empower people to make informed decisions in each area of life and become healthy, productive members of their nation.
Each year we educate thousands of people about topics like hand washing, substance abuse and AIDS prevention. Everyone gets involved in spreading the message—church members, Women’s Fellowship teams, seminary students, Bridge of Hope centers and Sunday school children. They hold rallies, organize awareness events and distribute educational booklets.
- Teach people to prevent disease through hygiene, vitamins, vaccines, etc.
- Equip people to respond properly to illness or injury.
- Prevent early marriage and childbearing
- Educate women about pregnancy and parenting
We have conducted health awareness programs in over 20,000 villages
“Now I have the right information”, Says Ranjeeta
Prior to attending a Believers Church healthcare training seminar, Rajneeta lost her first baby due to ignorance about how to properly care for her health.
“If such healthcare programs would have happened before my first pregnancy,” she said, “I would have saved my child. Now I have the right information. As I am going to conduct the healthcare program in my assigned places, I will share my experience and teach women to take care of their own health and family too.”
Additionally we offer basic healthcare classes in rural communities that cover general health, hygiene, first aid, family planning, pregnancy and childcare. A blend of textbook teaching, practical demonstration and group participation helps community members to grasp concepts quickly.
Thousands of lives are changing through our health awareness initiatives.
Our goal is to bring health awareness to atleast two million people in six nations over the next 2 years.
In Their Own Words
– World AIDS Day program participants in Imphal Diocese