The Salvation Army Pakistan is focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable development goals are call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity everywhere.17 goals form a unique fusion of two global agendas, namely sustainable development and development cooperation. The focus of this agenda is on "universality", which means that implementation must be ensured not only in the Global South, but also on the entire planet.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. The Salvation Army Pakistan is focusing on SDG’s to help in developments of local communities. SDG number three is mainly focusing on to:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
- Reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
- End preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age.
- End epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-born diseases and other communicable diseases.
- Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
The Salvation Army Pakistan is working on many of the SDG's through our Corps (Church) Based Community Development programme throughout the territory.
In 65 Corps mother and child health clubs are running through CBCD (Corps based community development) to minimise mother and child mortality rate. To educate mothers on health and hygiene, where they go for their blood pressure and to have their sugar levels checked. Information has been shared with them on how to take care of themselves during antenatal and postnatal period. We encourage them on children vaccination and birth control.
To prevent communicable and epidemic diseases, Corps (Churches) are conducting health awareness programmes. They use our health module Behter Zindagi for this purpose which provides basic necessary information on symptoms, signs, causes prevention and some guidance what tests be asked for by doctorsfor proper diagnosis. To promote healthy living every year in October we observe Keep Fit day in our Corps (Churches)/ Community.
During 2018 we conduct workshops on Sexual and Reproductive for our Corps officers and volunteers from Corps/communities to break taboo and start talking about issues and diseases related to this.
To sensitise our youthon drug, alcohol and tobacco use and their affects on our mind, body and soul, during 2019 we organized workshops through our youth department.
We are grateful for our medical fellowship members and volunteers who support our Corps officers in making Pakistan healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.
Now question is this, why are we spending a lot of time, money and energy on health and well-being? Why, as The Salvation Army, is it important for us to be part of this international task. What motivates us to do so?
Our Responsibility to Care for Our Body:
Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So, you must honour God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
As human our minds, spiritual nature and body are all interrelated and interdependent. What affects one affects other. If our bodies are misused, our minds and spirit cannot become what God wants us to be. The Salvation Army believes in holistic care where we do not just care for the spirit but body and mind too. When our body get sick, we feel down spiritually and mentally as well, likewise if our spirit is sick it affects our mind and body. Our mission and vision statement say we exist to disciple believers, to help them to take care of their soul. We also aim to develop communities and we can do this through health promotion for strong bodies and strong minds.
My prayers for all:I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2 (NIV)