America Abroad: Africa’s Holy Healers
Nearly 50% of healthcare in Africa is provided by medical missionaries or faith-based groups. In this edition of America Abroad anchored by Ray Suarez, we visit Kenya and Uganda to learn whether nuns, imams, and priests can save lives as well as souls.
Sub-Saharan Africa is a religious place. It’s also riddled with disease. AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis prey upon Africa’s faithful, often in the prime of their lives. And anemic public health systems can’t carry the cross. And so, into the valleys of death step medical missionaries. They are welcomed by a continent where prayer and pills often go hand in hand. And, they provide some of the best healthcare in Africa. But sometimes doctrine overrules doctor’s orders, and that can leave patients in limbo.