For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40, NIV)
The Zambian health system is made of government, private, and mission hospitals and clinics. CURE Zambia is both a private hospital and mission hospital in the sense that we treat adult patients at a fee to help sustain our charity work. At the same time, we are a mission hospital because we are a Christian hospital that treats children for free. One difference between our hospital and other “mission” hospitals is that, unlike them, we are not owned and controlled by a church denomination.
We are also a hospital that specializes in ears, bones, and brains. This is also the reason why we do not have a mother’s shelter like other hospitals because we do not have pregnant mothers delivering at our hospital. A “mother’s shelter” is a basic hostel where pregnant mothers stay as they await to deliver because of the long distances between their homes and the hospitals. These shelters are also used by people who have “sick patients admitted in the hospital wards,” as per our tradition of coming together as families when one is sick. In as much, we do not have a mother’s shelter for expecting mothers, one would wonder why we do not have a shelter for families of people admitted in our wards?
In answering this question, may I boldly say we are family to all our patients. We take care of them no matter where they come from. The majority of the patients at CURE Zambia come from outside Lusaka, since we are a national hospital serving people from far away places. Our brethren in the hospital are brothers and sisters to patients and guardians and they serve them as such. It does not matter which department, all of our staff are serving patients as a calling. Like the Bible says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossions 3:23 NLT
This is what makes CURE Zambia unique. It’s not because of professional training, tribe, or nationality; rather we are serving God and the “least of the brethren.” This discipline did not come based on mere confession, but through our daily devotion at the hospital as we humbly seek to know what it means to be a Christian worker.
One of our recently hired medical officers, Dr. Kazadi Kalombo, had this to say about our CURE Zambia team.
“I have worked for many years in a number of hospitals. One thing which I can say is (that) CURE staff stand out. One can easily tell they are working for God, not just for money.”
I totally agree with Dr. Kalombo. We can boldly say that we are family to all the people we serve.