|Dr. Claudia Avila with her husband, Dr. David Graham.|
A medical missionary, Avila was working as an attending doctor in the outpatient clinic of HCJB Global’s Hospital Vozandes del Oriente (Hospital Vozandes-Shell) when offered the position by Health Ministry officials.
“They were attracted to not only her fine medical work but to her well known integrity as well,” said her husband, Dr. David Graham. “She carries a passion for people who needed attention in all areas of life: mind, body, and spirit.” Even as Avila has begun her new responsibilities with the province, Graham continues his work as a surgeon at the Shell hospital.
|Dr. Claudia Avila checking the health of a baby girl at Hospital Vozandes-Shell in August 2012.|
Avila told attendees at the ceremony that she plans to contribute to the implementation of health programs aimed at improving the quality of life of people living in jungle communities scattered throughout the province.
“Through a coordinated effort we can serve the community and carry out the project of the national government,” she said.
Avila is a medical graduate of Universidad Central del Ecuador (Central University). In addition to her medical training, she recently completed a master’s degree at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Catholic University) in public health, according to Graham, whose asks that mission donors and friends pray for his wife in her position of influence.
“This will require much prayer for strength and wisdom,” Graham said.
Avila’s appointment to the health post this year follows the May 2012 recognition by Ecuador’s Social Security Institute of the mission hospital for its efficient operations that safeguard the health and safety of 67 staff members at the facility in the country’s eastern rainforest.
Source: HCJB Global