One of ten short stories of PWRDF and partner projects.
"If you can judge the success of an innovation by how often it is replicated, then bicycle ambulances first introduced in Mozambique have been very successful. In 2010 Mozambican partner SALAMA firse created the bicycle ambulance, then Bangladesh partner UBINIG replicated the idea in 2012, with Burundu following the trail in 2014. The bicycle ambulances have connected people in hard to reach rural areas with lifesaving health care and have even evolved into boat ambulances in Bangladesh. PWRDF received a Civil Society Effectiveness Award from the Canadian Council for International Cooperation for its work with the bicycle ambulances". [Text of entire article.]
Bishop Andrew Hutchison was among featured speakers at last month's symposium of the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal. The institute is composed of people who believe that health is more than just the absence of physical or mental disease.
The second national gathering of Anglican health care spiritual care professionals met from 11-14 October 2022 in Mississauga Ontario attended by 18 chaplains. The first Anglican health-care chaplains' national gathering took place in 2019. Chris Salstrom who attended both gatherings noted "Many of the church's health-care chaplains say they're exhausted by the pandemic and have felt unsupported -- but some hope this could change with recognition of their network as an official ministry of the church. 'Who do the healers go to when they need healing ?'", she asked. "In a report she presented to the gathering Salstrom described a chronic understaffing situation across Canada, even before the pandemic, that has led many spiritual health practitioners to retire, change jobs or leave the profession entirely". "The Rev. Eileen Scully, director of Faith, Worship and Ministry (FWM) for the Anglican Church of Canada, and organizer of the gathering, said that as of 2022, the health-care chaplains' group had a membership of 70". "At the gathering, chaplains worshipped together and shared what they had learned during the pandemic about grief and pastoral presence. Sarah George works nights shifts as a spiritual care professional at St. Michael's and Sunnybrook hospitals in Toronto. Both are part-time jobs with closer to 'full-time hours', she said". "Rejoice Anthony, who started work in July  at St. Jude's Anglican Home in Vancouver and also serves as on-call staff for Vancouver General Hospital's pastoral care team, works with elders suffering from dementia and their families. She says she finds morning prayer essential. Earlier this year, to process being the last person a dying patient ever saw shortly after their introduction, she also began what she calls 'pilgrim walking'". "The Rev. Carolyn Herold, who works part-time as a parish priest at St. Laurence Anglican Church in Calgary and part-time as a chaplain for Alberta Health Services, said chaplains continue to find great fulfillment in their work despite the difficult times facing health care in Canada. ,,, 'We get the privilege of seeing people as they truly are at their most vulnerable point in their life and seeing God moving in them in whatever way that is. That is such an incredible privilege'".
Article includes photograph with all 18 attendees identified by name.
"In El Salvador, PWRDF works with CoCoSI, a group of young people dedicated to raising awareness of AIDS and working to end its transmission in their country and even over the border in Honduras. CoCoSI gets their message out to communities through radio broadcasts, theatre productions, working to educate school teachers, prison guards and even military personnel, and other innovative methods. Their work has brought them to the attention of the international community and earned them a Red Ribbon Award from the UN for their education and accompaniment work in rural El Salvador and Honduras.
In Haiti, PWRDF has helped to train teachers and students at schools about proper hygiene to prevent cholera, which began to spread in the country after the 2010 earthquake and subsequent hurricanes and tropical storms affected the island nation. Cholera education and water purification tablets were provided to schools where PWRDF funded a hot lunch program for 8,000 students".
1. Ban the use of tobacco products, exclusive of ceremonial use, in and around all venues for national meetings of the Anglican Church of Canada.
2. Strongly encourage the dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada to ban the use of tobacco products at all levels.
3. Encourage Anglicans in all physical, psychological and spiritual ways to cease their personal use of tobacco products.
Point of Order
Archdeacon Harry Huskins raised a point of order about the feasibility of this motion. He was ruled out of order by the Assessors.
The motion was then put and DEFEATED Act 60
Point of Privilege
Bishop William Anderson stated that there was a sense of disrespect or humour relative to the above motion, which he felt was unfair to the mover and seconder. He urged the Synod members to have respect for all motions and to treat the presenters with courtesy.
"I have long feared the prospect of my own decline and disappearance from earthly existence. .... This fear has persisted in my life, even after my baptism and entrance into the faith. I believe many people fear the end of life, though I know not everyone shares my apprehension of oblivion". "Scripture reminds us that our bodies and beings are merely on lease from God -- and that the lease comes with an expiration date and lots of fine print. As soon as Christians forget this --when we view health as a means to an end, something to manipulate in order to avoid death or pain -- I think we risk handing victory to death". "Christians, including Anglicans, are poised to own and operate this way of life -- offering an alternative to society's dogmatic, limited views on pain and death. As I look to Christ, I feel called to a life founded upon discipline that pulls me away from my self-centred fears and towards true health. The first task is to go and sin no more. The second is to offer the least of God's people the most I can, to love my neighbour as I love God and myself. I believe Christian life, Christian health and Christian death rest in these two places. When I live there, I can make reasonably informed choices about my health through the lens of redemption and loving service".
"At first sight this lengthy Bulletin may appear to be of little use to the clergy. We were anxious to give them a general picture of the services available for their people in each Province. .... Dr. Charlotte Whitton has come to our assistance again. She wrote the main article for our Bulletin No. 135 a year ago, `Aids to Social Security in Canada Today'. .... This present Bulletin will have an equal, or even more practical use. Health of body, mind and spirit is a definite concern of the Christian Church. While the Provinces have full responsibility for the oversight of the Health Services within their boundaries ... the Federal authority must of necessity have a very direct interest in the health of the Canadian people as a whole. It was therefore logical that some years ago a Department of Health was set up, now the Ministry of National Health and Welfare, and that grants are now being made to the Provinces to assist them in their various health programmes. .... The central section of Dr. Whitton's article may be of most practical use to the clergy, presenting as it does, an outline of the services available in each Province". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Understanding Our Health Needs / Charlotte E. Whitton -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library.
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) makes a "grant to the Christian Medical Commission which is multiplied fourfold, thanks to a matching grant from the Canadian International Development Agency."