Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:

"What is the most needed medical specialty on the mission field?"

"Midwives are needed."

Answer from Candy, who has served with Newlife Ministries, Every Nation, and Steiger International in Asia, Africa, and the Americas for seven years.

Midwives are needed in most medical mission areas. Nurses are also in high demand, but positions for trained midwives or a nurse-midwives are usually critical positions and difficult to fill.

There are many ways to become a midwife. A wonderful organization that provides training in a developing country and certification in the US is Newlife International School of Midwifery.

"Primary health care workers and educators are needed."

Answer from Bill in Canada, who has served with Youth With A Mission in Australia, Canada, East Timor, Fiji, Kenya, Switzerland, and Vanuatu for thirteen years.

One of the biggest needs is for educators: people to teach about basic health care like nutrition, dental, sanitation, clean water, etc. Many illnesses are preventable. Basic education can greatly assist communities and individuals to avoid them. Primary health care workers and educators can greatly help to reduce these illnesses through teaching and by treating basic illnesses.

They can be most effective when also accompanied by nurses, doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, and other health care professionals.

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