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“The Adventist Health-care Ministry: Achievements and Challenges” – Allan R. Handysides

Date: June 25, 2005

Speaker: Dr. Allan R. Handysides

Position: Director, General Conference Health Ministries Department

Topic: “The Adventist Health-care Ministry: Achievements and Challenges”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 80

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Presentation: At the centennial of LLU and the GC Department of Health Ministries, Handysides outlined changes & challenges faced by SDA hospitals in Third World nations as local unions & divisions took over administration from Western missionaries: mission offerings declined, technological equipment was not up-dated, failure to retain qualified physicians and staff—all led to declines in quality & closing many institutions. Solutions suggested included removing some hospitals from union and division control and establishing a centralized organizational structure to control these medical systems. Discussion of AIDS and what the GC Health Ministries Department is doing to combat it.

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