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Medical mission serves folks who fish


As the name suggests, the new Fisherfolks Clinic in northern Tanzania will serve people in predominantly Muslim fishing villages along the East African nation’s coast.
“The only way in and out of these villages is by foot, bicycle or boat,” said Tom Carr, executive director of International Health Care Foundation, which oversees the clinic.
“These isolated villages will be able to load their sick into boats and bring the boats up the coastline to the clinic, where they can be treated,” Carr said. “This will be much better than the current situation — in which the sick are carried many miles over rough paths to receive care.”
In its first two weeks of operation, the clinic treated more than 40 patients per day, Carr said.
Bob and Michele Bentley are working at the clinic, providing leadership during its start-up phase, Carr said. Bob Bentley is associate minister for the Singing Oaks Church of Christ in Denton, Texas. He also is an accountant, and his wife is a nurse. Both speak Swahili.
Searcy, Ark.-based International Health Care Foundation serves more than 70,000 patients per year in seven locations in Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria, Carr said. The ministry seeks partners to provide volunteer medical personnel and finances for the clinic.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, see www.ihcf.net or call (501) 268-9511.

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