International mission is challenging at best and can seem overwhelming during times of crisis. The Covid pandemic has put developing third world countries into an even deeper level of insecurity. How do we, as partners, navigate this latest challenge? What solutions can be brought to light?
Our greatest ongoing need is to raise funds to pay our doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and lab techs. We now employ 67 medical staff at six clinics. We have created the “New Horizons Fund” exclusively for this purpose — to insure continuity in the funding of staff salaries.
We have just begun a new partnership with a small diocese in the north of Nigeria. For security reasons, we are not publishing the names and locations. It is located in one of the most medically underserved areas of the country.
She had had a severe abdominal pain 4 days prior to presentation and treated herself for "typhoid and malaria" at some chemist but the pain persisted, she vomited and after the second day she noticed her stomach swelling and pain became unbearable. How she managed the third and fourth day she couldn't explain.
A Testimony from St. Thomas Clinic in Port Harcourt
By Dr. Olaniyi Olaobaju
The date was 27 May, 2021. Just about fifteen minutes past midnight. I was calmly sleeping in my room after a hectic day. The phone rang and I answered it. It was my bosom friend and colleague, Dr. Onyebuchi Obia.
“Hello Dr. Olaniyi! Are you in the clinic?”
“Yes.” I replied.
Dr. Obia continued, “I am in Famo Clinic right now and I have a patient with a ruptured uterus here with me.
Tabitha is a very smart young lady. I am just knowing that her parents were actually killed in one of the crisis that engulfed Southern Kaduna in 2006. She is being catered for by an orphanage that houses over 70 children and widows. A good Samaritan picked interest in her case and is taking care of her education.
She is being cared for by one of our clinics in rural clinics in Nigeria. The head doctor is raising funds to help with the cost of her surgery.
In the recent past, at this time of year I would have been writing to tell you about our summer medical mission trips. However, for the second year in a row, we are not able to conduct our annual medical missions at each one of our 6 clinics. Last summer, the problem was Covid. This year, it’s Covid plus.
We welcome you to the month of May.
Amazing how little children recover with the right diagnosis and treatment. I love treating children even though they can be very difficult to handle. Just look at those eyes that were formerly sunken looking full, purposeful and happy again.
We welcome you to the month of April.
Have faith in science, go get your jab while you still can. It is safe.
We welcome you to the month of March. We hope this month ushers in good health and peace of mind to you all.
More importantly, we pray for more genuine concern and philanthropy towards the health of our brothers and sisters in the rural areas.