Essential primary health care in rural areas according to practical, scientific sound and social acceptable methods and techniques, realized by an intersectorial approach, community participation and education of the community on prevention of illness, rendering a durable primary health care system characterized by uniformity, attainableness/sustainable, affordable by both the provider and the receiver.
The target group of the Medical Mission are the inhabitants of the hinterland who have the right to health care free of charge on behalf of the Government. Furthermore the Medical Mission provides health care on request to fee-paying organizations and individuals working in the hinterland.
The health care is being provided by health assistants of different schooling levels with a clear-cut level of responsibility. The greater part of the health assistants are persons from the local community, who have been trained by the Medical Mission.
In daily practice the health assistants have the first contact with the patients. These health assistants have a diploma acknowledged by our Ministry of Health and fall under the department of the Chief of Nursing Officer. They have been trained on such a level that they can handle a great range of demands for medical aid from the patient/clients. This varies from consultations, health education, vaccination, infant welfare consultation up to the suturing of wounds and conducting of child deliveries All of this with the legal qualification. Besides these health assistants there are also malaria microscopists working in the clinic, who can examine patients on malaria. Furthermore there are clinic helpers who assist the other workers as a team.
Besides the medical trained personnel are the capable boatswains, drivers, maintenance workers, technical service workers and administrative workers indispensable for the managing.
The different health workers are supervised through an extensive network of radio communication and regular, periodic visits and at almost each moment of the day they can ask for advice to a nurse, doctor or a medical expert.
For this health care system, the Medical Mission has received the Clarence Moore Award from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in December 1994.