I would love to share this invitation from Zimbabwe for a unique health fair. the text of the invitation follows, but first — to give you a sense of this vibrant faith community, I will include six photos of Lance Muteyo’s last initiative — the Children’s Talent and Culture Night.
COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO
Saturday 12 October 2013 at Emmanuel Baptist Community Church Warren Park One Harare
Community Health Expo is an artefact of Emmanuel Baptist Community Church, Warren Park Harare, Zimbabwe ministered by Rev, Dr. C. H. Chiromo. The vision of the church is of ministering to the total person through the liberating and empowering gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The ministry covers the following areas; spiritual, economical, social, physical and ecological. Our major concern entails the fact that the church is the mirror of the community. It has to influence the community as it is influenced by that same community and both are influenced by forces around.
This expo seeks to bring in several exhibitors to the community to come and showcase their health products and services to the Harare Western District. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Since 1984 the church has been doing several community projects including HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns, environmental campaigns, Arts and culture shows, provision of clean drinking water, clean up campaigns, free medical attention, Malaria and cholera educational campaigns. The Theme of the expo is; “A health community is a wealth community- Our health Our Community”. The expo attracts more than 800 visitors from churches, schools, community centres and the community from Kuwadzana, Rugare, Westlea, Cold Comfort, Kambuzuma, Warren Park One, Warren Park D and Westwood residential areas in Harare Western district.
1.1 Raison d’être
This is the only event in Southern Africa that brings together medical professionals, distributors, Health Agencies, manufacturers of medical equipment, related service providers together at community level to showcase, demonstrate and educate those at the society’s margins in situ.
2.0 Expo Objectives
- The chief aim of this Community Health Expo is to recognise the diverse players that play a pivotal role in the health industry to ensure a healthy community.
- A platform for the various players provided for the showcase of their practises to the community.
- To allow the community to get information pertaining to health and safety practices by interacting with various service providers.
The expo is free to visitors and includes free health screenings in the following;
- Dental screenings
- A1C (measure of estimated avg blood glucose)
- Blood Pressure
- Eye and hearing screenings
- HIV and AIDS testing and it attracts a wide range of exhibitors across the spectrum of health care including;
3.1 Physical Health
Exhibitors will be mainly those who deal with the physical body of a human being in the following areas;
3.1.2 Reproductive health
- Voluntary Counselling and Testing of HIV
- Male circumcision
3.1.3 Chronic illnesses
- Diabetes mellitus
3.1.4 Infectious diseases
- Six Killer diseases
3.1.5 Alternative Remedies Practitioners
3.1.6 Physically challenged
- Down Syndrome
- The deaf and dumb
- The blind
- Physically crippled
- Paediatrics neurological disorder
3.2 Mental Health
Exhibitors will emanate from practitioners who study the mind and mental processes in the healing sessions which include;
3.3 Insurance and Assurance
- Life assurance
- Wills and inheritance
3.4 Health Institutions
- Blood Transfusion
- Tree and plant nurseries
- Waste management agencies
- Recycling agencies
Lancelot Muteyo-Project Coordinator
BSc Hons in Sociology – University of Zimbabwe
Dip in Humanitarian Work- University of Zimbabwe
Dip in Systemic Family Counselling- Connect in conjunction with Zimbabwe Open University
Diploma in Non-Violence Conflict Transformation- GBPC-Rome, Italy
Minister of Social, Cultural and Environmental Issues
Emmanuel Baptist Community Church
Stand 6905 9th Road Warren Park One (Along Bulawayo Road)
Phone: 263 4 222 808, 263 4 292 8593
Mobile: 263 774 633 336, 263 772 275 046