“Caring for Victims of Disasters and War”

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Mitch Duininck MD

  • Workshop II : Fri 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Speaker: Mitch Duininck MD
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  • Language: English
  • Title: “Caring for Victims of Disasters and War”
  • Workshop IV : Sat 2:40 - 3:40 pm
  • Speaker: Mitch Duininck MD
  • Category:
  • Language: English
  • Title: “Caring for Victims of Disasters and War”

Synopsis - “Caring for Victims of Disasters and War”

Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face significant challenges to their health and well-being. Caring for people in these situations requires an understanding of their unique needs as well as having realistic goals regarding what can and cannot be done for them.

Our experiences in providing healthcare for the victims of disasters in Congo, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Honduras, Nepal, Kurdistan, and Turkey – both natural and manmade – highlight the need to be well prepared when serving in these difficult situations. 

We are called to serve “the least of these,” and the victims of disasters and crises certainly qualify. Often these events, though causing much hardship and suffering, create the possibility for doors and hearts to be open to the message of Jesus that otherwise would be closed. We must be both willing and well prepared if we are to serve well when we are called to respond to those in need. We will discuss team selection and preparation; logistical issues; identify unique needs of the people being served – physical, psychological, social, and spiritual; partnering with other organizations; and how to return home healthy.

Biography

Mitchell W. Duininck, MD, is the President and CEO of In His Image, Inc. and the Program Director of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency. This program emphasizes training doctors in Christ-centered, whole person medicine and preparing them to care for the medically underserved in the United States and globally. Many of the graduates of this program are full-time medical missionaries. Dr. Duininck is also the CEO of In His Image International and Good Samaritan Health Services. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Dr. Duininck has done medical missions in many countries, including India, Kenya, Ghana, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Russia, Romania, and the Czech Republic. He has led multiple crisis response teams to Zaire, Honduras, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Iraq, and Turkey.

Dr. Duininck and his wife Leah have six children and eight grandchildren. As a family, they served at Manna Mission Hospital in Ghana, West Africa, for two years. They also lived for one year in Kabul, Afghanistan, helping train Afghan physicians in the Hope Family Medicine Afghanistan (HFMA) Residency Program.