We began our newest clinic in the small city of Gidan Waya in the Anglican Diocese of Kafanchan. The site of Gidan Waya was chosen because there is no medical facility in the city of about 50,000 people. Bishop Markus Dogo felt tat this city was the one with the greatest need for a medical facility.
As is the case with our hospital in Gusua, the clinic in Gidan Waya is being built adjacent to a diocesan primary and secondary school. It is also adjacent to St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
We are building this clinic next to the church and school based on the model of the early missionaries in Nigeria, who always planted churches, schools and clinics together to mutually reinforce the message of God’s love and presence through worship, education and medicine.
As is the case with all of our other clinics, we have a commitment to serve everyone, even if they cannot afford to pay. We have dual goals of sustainability and helping those who cannot afford medical care.
We hope to open this new clinic in late 2017.
Bishop Markus and Wife.
In August 2016, Rev. Tom Furrer, President and Executive Director of Kateri Medical Services traveled to Kafanchan to meet with Bishop Markus Dogo and his wife Nana. They have been discussing the possibility of a new clinic here for the past for years, but now it seems that the time is right. Both Bishop Markus and Nana are energetic and zealous to bring the love of God to bear on real life struggles and problems of the people in Kafanchan Diocese.
Because of religious riots, the diocese has about 2,000 widows. Nana is developing womens’ training center to equip women to set up small businesses to support themselves and their children. They are also developing housing for widows and orphans. Both Bishop Markus and Nana were orphaned when they were young children. They know the pain and needs of those who have been left behind and they are committed to sharing the love of Jesus with the least, the last and the lost.
In August of 2015, Rev. Tom Furrer met with Bishop Markus Dogo, who is the spiritual leader of the Anglican Diocese of Kafanchan. Along with a diocesan planning team, including two doctors, two clergy and the diocesan financial officer, they reviewed plans for a new clinic. The new clinic will be built in a town named Gidan Waya, about tem miles from the Diocese headquarters in Kafanchan. Gidan Waya is a medium sized city which presently has no medical clinic at all. The new clinic will be located immediately adjacent to St. Mark’s Anglican Church and the Anglican Junior Seminary. The school has 150 students, including about 30 orphans. There is housing at the school for the orphans. The land for the clinic is already owned by the diocese and is in an area which has been spared from violence inspired by religious tensions.
Our goal in locating the clinic adjacent to the church and school has may dimensions. First, we are replicating the early missionary model of connecting faith with education and healing. Secondly, we want to build and the reserve of community good-will already fostered by the church and school. We want to minister to a community through faith-formation, education and health care. Thirdly, we want to provide a training ground for students at the school who aspire to become doctors, nurses, lab technicians and pharmacists. Bishop Markus has a vision to eventually develop a larger health care facility here to minister to a wide range of medical issues.