Below are several stories of how the plane makes a difference to vulnerable people in remote areas.
1. Supporting Evangelism and Discipleship
The number of Christians in Mongolia has grown rapidly in recent years, leading to a need for more leaders and Christian discipleship training. MAF flights are helping to overcome the huge distances within the country which are made worse when temperatures fall to sub-zero levels. MAF flew trainers in Mongolia 1,100km to Ulaangom for a leadership course for 100 delegates.
MAF supports organisations working to serve the poor, eradicate poverty and alleviate suffering.
In Tanzania, where 1 in 5 children are underweight, the growth of 38% of children has been stunted and where 1 in 100 mothers die from complications of childbirth, access to primary healthcare is vital. Much of MAF’s flying in Tanzania involves medical safaris where national and missionary staff are flown to 20 remote destinations to run medical clinics. These regular flights enable people who are cut off for most of the year to receive medical help such as mother and baby clinics, maternity care and dispensaries.
This involves compassion for the whole person – caring for both the physical and spiritual needs of people. MAF is privileged to support those working in holistic ministries.
Many aid workers and sometimes missions, concentrate their efforts in areas that are easier to reach as this is perceived to be a better investment of their time. But MAF’s unique ability to reach isolated communities can ensure that they too, have access to basic health care, education, other basic services and the Gospel message.
Lesotho is a mountainous country made up of thousands of tiny, often inaccessible villages. Roads are of poor quality or entirely lacking. Over 30 percent of the population is infected with the HIV virus, and as many as 73,000 HIV orphans live here. Because of the lack of roads and the ruggedness of the terrain, many who live in the mountains have little or no access to medical care.
Partners in Health (PIH) run a small two room clinic in Lesotho and wanted to extend their services to the community by building an X-ray room, two isolation wards, a pharmacy, a store room and decent housing for the doctor. But getting the building materials to the clinic would be impossible without MAF. 98.5 tons of building material were flown across mountainous country to enable the extension to be built. Cement bricks, door frames, rolls of plastic, window frames, packets of cement, bags of crushed stone, reinforcing bars, fuel and tools were all transported by air.
5. Powerful Partnerships: Mission Multiplier
MAF’s support for us is absolutely fantastic because it means that the surgeons are transported here very easily, very swiftly..they’re ready and fresh as soon as they arrive to start operations and other medical services. This is opposed to coming by car or by road. The roads in Bangladesh can be quite dangerous and they’re also not in a very good condition. So surgeons can spend 6-7 hours travelling by road and when they arrive they’re very tired and have to rest. This is obviously time wasted that they could spend with the patients here.Simon Rea, the UK Representative of the Impact Foundation, explaining the value of MAF’s partnership
MAF routine flights help save lives, but in the long term. Medevacs save lives - now!
When medical emergencies occur, the time taken to reach hospital is often the difference between life and death.
For those in remote or isolated communities an MAF ‘medevac’ flight is often the only way to reach such life-saving care.
With a base in Haiti, MAF was involved immediately following the string of tropical storms and hurricanes Ike, Fay, Gustav and Hanna. MAF flew a Red Cross official to assess the damage caused by Hanna and from the air the official sent a message to the International Red Cross, requesting emergency approval for 20,000 inoculations and water purification supplies to offset waterborne diseases. Before the plane was back on the ground, permission was granted.
8. Ensuring Safe Travel
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