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The School of Primary Health Care

April 20 - July 10

School of Primary Health Care - Prevention and Cure Hope and Healing

The School of Primary Health Care

Bringing Hope and Healing

If you have a heart to make a difference and to bring health care, understanding, and the hope of Christ to people with minimal or no health care accessible, this school is for you!

Designed with a heart to see long-term change, the School of Primary Health Care (SPHC) will equip you with skills to serve as a health care worker to those with little or no access to health care.

Additionally, the SPHC will teach you how to address primary health care issues in the most practical way: to care for as much of the problem as possible, as close to the problem as possible. The School of Primary Health Care is for anyone – no medical background/training required! Whether you want to simply broaden your perspectives, or become equipped for medical missions, through the SPHC, you can bring hope and healing to those who desperately need it.

*Prerequisite: Successful completion of any YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School).



Be trained as a missionary health care worker by instructors from a variety of different health care backgrounds such as doctors, physician assistants, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists and long-term missionaries in the 12-week Lecture phase.

Subjects include Biblical basis for health care, mother and child health, anatomy and physiology, tropical diseases, food and nutrition, water and sanitation, disease eradication, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, skin diseases, community development and much more!



Primary Health Care is a ministry that demonstrates God’s heart of love and compassion towards people in a practical way and enables them to be brought into wholeness- physically, spiritually and emotionally. It provides access to the least evangelized nations and opens doors for opportunities to share the Gospel. It also provides opportunities for other teams to work alongside, to provide discipleship and evangelism, particularly in needy areas.

Primary Health Care is essential to reaching the unreached and least evangelized areas of the world as most of these areas exist within the poorest of the poor nations.

The school aims to:

  • EQUIP STUDENTS with the means to enter otherwise closed communities, and to see mercy ministry locations established within the Indian Ocean Gateway region and beyond, using a Primary Health Care approach.
  • FACILITATE ACCESS into poor and needy communities both rural and city areas by using the keys of Primary Health Care to serve the people and show God’s love and empower them to look after themselves, both physically and spiritually. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
  • PROVIDE PRACTICAL TRAINING for students that will enable them to better serve the people they are called to minister.
WEEK 1: Eight keys of Primary Health Care – Vitals – Intro to Anatomy and Physiology OUTCOMES
WEEK 2: Communicable Diseases – Sexually Transmitted Infections – AIDS and Tuberculosis
WEEK 3: Target Diseases – Immunizations/Injections
WEEK 4: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
WEEK 5: Respiratory System – Gastro-Intestinal – Diarrhea/Dehydration/ORS
WEEK 6: Mother & Child Health
WEEK 1: Eight keys of Primary Health Care – Vitals – Intro to Anatomy and Physiology OUTCOMES

Acquire understanding of:

  • The strategy and philosophy of Primary Health Care as defined by the World Health Organization using the eight essential keys of primary health care.
  • Become confident taking temperature, pulse and respirations and blood pressure using medical equipment.

Acquire introductory knowledge of:

  • Anatomy and physiology, cell structure and organization of the body.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of medical terminology.
WEEK 2: Communicable Diseases – Sexually Transmitted Infections – AIDS and Tuberculosis

Acquire knowledge of:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
  • The mode method, transmission, description, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections
  • Tuberculosis as a global health problem
  • Leprosy as it is today
  • The lymphatic and nervous system
WEEK 3: Target Diseases – Immunizations/Injections

Develop skills to:

Administer, ID, IM and SC injections correctly.
Acquire knowledge of:

  • The six target diseases and to understand their preventable nature
  • The protocol required of the cold chain method in immunizations
  • A standard immunization model for a child through to adulthood and pregnancy
  • Resistance and immunity
  • The skin (as related to administering injections).
WEEK 4: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat

Develop skills to:

  • Safely use an otoscope.
  • Identify ear diseases.
  • Safely remove excess ear wax.
  • Conduct a visual acuity examination and assessment.
  • Teach safe ear hygiene.
  • Acquire knowledge of:
    • Eyes, ears, nose and throat and their diseases
    • Special senses anatomy and physiology of the eye, ear, nose and throat
      • Vitamin A deficiency
      • Tooth abscess.
WEEK 5: Respiratory System – Gastro-Intestinal – Diarrhea/Dehydration/ORS

Acquire knowledge of:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system and its diseases.
  • Diarrhea & dehydration.
  • The reproductive system.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and acute respiratory Infections.

Develop skills to:

  • Measure the respiratory rate in a child, infant and adult.
  • Listen for lung sounds.
  • Identify and simply interpret crackles, wheeze, stridor on examination.
  • Correctly use the WHO chart for diagnosing and treating respiratory infections.
  • Perform a thorough abdominal exam.
  • Address issues related to diarrhea & dehydration.
  • Make oral rehydration solution.
WEEK 6: Mother & Child Health

Acquire knowledge related to:

  • Mother and child health including
    • The food requirements of pregnancy
    • A person with anemia
    • A weaning child and
    • A basic understanding of the most prevalent maternal needs amongst women in developing countries.

Develop skills to:

  • Instruct others in the aspects of the ‘seven cleans’ required at birth.
  • Conduct a basic antenatal clinic.
  • Perform a physical examination on a pregnant woman.
  • Perform clean and careful delivery of baby in a situation where there is no other health personnel.
  • Perform a clinical check for anemia.
  • Perform a hemoglobin test.
  • Give the correct iron tablets to a woman who is anemic; and during pregnancy as a prophylaxis.
WEEK 7: Emergency Response – Musculoskeletal and Physiotherapy
WEEK 8: Nutrition
WEEK 9: Water Related and Waterborne diseases – Tropical diseases
WEEK 10: Worldview – Community Development
WEEK 11: Wound Care – Water and Sanitation
WEEK 12: Urinary System, Dermatology, Pharmacology
*Sample Schedule Only
WEEK 7: Emergency Response – Musculoskeletal and Physiotherapy

Develop knowledge in:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
  • Christian response to crisis and coping strategies in the midst of overwhelming need.
  • Disaster preparedness.
  • The triage systems in mass casualty incidents.
  • Clinical emergency skills related to life-threatening situations.
  • First Aid procedures in various cultural settings.
  • Critical incident stress management and the need of referral to higher level of care.
  • The significance of teamwork in high stress situations.
  • Safety awareness and risk management.
  • A&P of the musculoskeletal system and disease processes of the diseases associated.
  • The processes involved in movement and mechanisms of injury and the prevention of injury.

Develop skills to:

  • Conduct trauma assessment and examination of an injured person.
  • Perform emergency management plan using clinical scenarios.
  • Give emotional care to patients.
  • Perform triage in emergency and non-emergency scenarios.
  • Perform physical examinations to help determine diagnoses.
  • Identify and treat associated illnesses on a primary care level and give prevention education.
  • Identify available treatments or referral networks.
  • Recognize when transfer of care is necessary for situations beyond the scope of primary care.
  • Identify the cause of musculoskeletal pain, a treatment plan and teach corrective and strengthening exercises.
  • Identify growth/development issues
WEEK 8: Nutrition

Develop knowledge in:

  • The building blocks of nutrition.
  • Obstacles to good nutrition.
  • The principles of community nutrition rehabilitation.
  • Essential macro and micro nutrients.

Develop skills to:

  • Educate communities and individuals on the essential nutrients and their local availability.
  • Conduct dietary assessment.
  • Help locals overcome misconceptions, cultural attitudes and taboos about food.
  • Use growth charting and anthropometric indicators to identify nutritional status of individuals and communities.
  • Make intervention for individuals with deficiencies.
WEEK 9: Water Related and Waterborne diseases – Tropical diseases

Acquire knowledge in:

  • Recognition, and management of waterborne and water related diseases, their complications and prevention.
  • The state of tropical disease burden around the world.
  • The lifecycle of the major helminths that infest humans.
  • The challenges people face in endemic regions.
  • The ways in which water relates to disease including its role in the lifecycle of various important parasites and their vectors.
  • The major symptoms and signs of helminth infection, prevention, and appropriate cure.

Develop skills in:

  • Teaching the topic on a village level.
  • Recognizing, managing and preventing tropical, waterborne and illnesses on a primary level.
  • Utilize Rapid Diagnostic Test kit to test for and diagnose Malaria.
WEEK 10: Worldview – Community Development

Develop knowledge of:

  • A biblical worldview.
  • The differences between worldviews.
  • Community development principles.
  • The influence of worldview on the process of development.
  • How to partner with and empower communities for development.

Develop skills to:

  • Conduct a community assessment.
  • Partner with others in an asset based community development discussion with cultural sensitivity.
WEEK 11: Wound Care – Water and Sanitation

Develop knowledge of:

  • The process of wound healing.
  • Effective cleaning, disinfecting and dressing/bandaging techniques.
  • The lack of safe water and adequate sanitation around the world.
  • Strategy and community development principles highlighting assets and needs in a community.
  • An inclusive community approach to presenting/suggesting/implementing appropriate technology solutions within a community.
  • The theory and building of various appropriate technologies.

Develop skills to:

  • Recognize and effectively treat skin infections.
  • Perform effective wound care techniques and provide education on follow up treatments.
  • Build safe water and sanitation solutions of various appropriate technologies such as: toilets, rain catchment tanks, tippy taps and water filters.
WEEK 12: Urinary System, Dermatology, Pharmacology

Acquire knowledge in:

  • Basic A&P of urinary system and integumentary system.
  • Disease processes associated with these systems on a primary care level.
  • Principles of basic pharmacology including drug interaction and drug info resources, prescribing medications from the essential drug list, drug resistance, mixing and distributing medications in various forms, and terminology and dosage calculation.

Develop skills to:.

  • Utilize field urinalysis tests.
  • Recognize, manage and prevent urinary diseases on primary level conditions at an increasing ability.
  • Recognize when a patient needs to be referred to further care.
    • Recognize particular lesions and conditions and facilitate appropriate treatment
    • Coach patients on proper adherence to treatments.
Marine Reach YWAM NZ DTS New Zealand Missions Training




20 April 2020
19 April 2021


Lectures       $5995 NZD
Outreach      $4495 NZD


Lecture phase: Meals, Accommodation, Tuition,
School Outings & Activities

Outreach phase: Flights, Transport, Accommodation, Meals, Visas

Please check with us before booking air tickets as dates are subject to change.


20-24 credits will be earned upon successful completion of the School of Primary Health Care (CNH 261/262). These credits may be applied to a U of N degree and have been accepted at some other colleges and universities. Contact us for further information.


April 20
July 10
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