HCJB Global Hands run several family practice and eye clinics that bring affordable, Christ-centred medical care primarily to poor people in Quito and other cities of Ecuador. Medical staff see about 65,000 patients a year, including those coming for dental work, lab tests and physiotherapy. Most clinics are managed by graduates of the family practice residency programme at Hospital Vozandes Quito (HVQ). Specialists such as orthopedic surgeons and ophthalmologists also see patients in our clinics.
Vozandes Family Practice clinics were born as a response to the need to place the family practice doctors and healthcare workers that HVQ was training. The primary goal of all of our family practice clinics is to serve the poor with quality healthcare. Meeting this physical need gives us a great opportunity to share the Gospel. Hopefully, people will find both physical and spiritual healing when they walk through the door of one of our clinics.
Four of the clinics are legally and financially independent of HCJB Global Hands. These clinics all still receive donated items such as medicines and supplies through Vozandes Community Development, and missionaries working with HCJB Global still go there to serve. They each carry the name of Vozandes and have a contract with HCJB Global Hands stating that they will maintain low costs for healthcare while maintaining the quality of healthcare that Vozandes has come to stand for. It is our goal that all of our clinics would one day be independent legally and financially like these four clinics, and we are working towards that goal.
Mobile Clinics/Medical Caravans
Many people living in rural areas and poor city neighbourhoods have no public health facilities, so HCJB Global Hands regularly takes healthcare to them. Teams including doctors, nurses and dentists visit communities for a week at a time. Sometimes this involves the use of our purpose-built caravan, containing a range of medical and dental equipment.
One goal of the mobile medical ministry is to serve the people with the healthcare they need. However, the primary goal is to share the Gospel with as many people as possible. So, the caravan team partners with local churches and missionaries to show half-hour segments of The Jesus Film every night and hand out many tracts and literature.