This tragic cycle of neglecting health care because of poverty, which may lead to medical emergencies that can only be paid for by going deeper into debt, is described in a special report released by GFA on the impoverished:
“No money means no food, which means malnutrition and increased health problems. No money means no doctor visits, and in the case of a medical emergency, no money may mean indenturing a child to work off the incurred debt after receiving critical treatment.”1
A 2017 World Health Organization report claims, “Many families worldwide suffer undue financial hardship as a result of receiving the health care that they need.” 2
Put simply, many poor patients are plunged further into poverty by seeking medical attention.
It is not surprising then that many villagers seek help from local witch doctors and traditional practices that can actually make their conditions worse.
Hospital Gives Free Resources
As Pastor Ganesh faithfully ministered to these rural communities, he knew many needed to see a doctor but could not. He prayed for the Lord to show him how to help break the cycle of poverty and illness that so many were trapped in.
After some time in prayer, Pastor Ganesh decided to organize a free medical camp. At the camp, locals could be seen by a doctor and prescribed medications at no cost.
Pastor Ganesh reached out to the nearest hospital for help. The hospital generously donated medication to be dispensed under the supervision of a doctor.
Next, Pastor Ganesh needed to secure doctors to see the patients. Two doctors agreed to travel to the remote location and see more than 100 patients each in one day.