After four years of planning, praying, discussing, designing, fund-raising and constructing, we are now putting the finishing touches on our newest clinic in Nigeria. The new clinic is in the small city of Gidan Waya – about 30 minutes drive from the larger city of Kafanchan.
Since 2014, Kateri Medical Services and the Anglican Diocese of Kafanchan have been discussing and planning for a new medical clinic. It all began with a friendship between Bishop Markus Dogo and Rev. Tom Furrer, President and Executive Director of Kateri Medical Services. They met during our annual medical outreach in Kaduna Diocese. At that time, they began to discuss possible locations in Kafanchan Diocese to build a clinic. After several site visits, they decided to build a new clinic in the small city of Gidan Waya. The larger city of Kafanchan already has several health care facilities, but Gidan Waya has none. We decided that the need was greatest in this location.
In 2016, we began to draw up plans for the new clinic, to be sited adjacent to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and a diocesan secondary school. The Diocese of Kafanchan purchased this large piece of land many years ago with the vision that it would have a church, and school and a hospital located there eventually. This new clinic is a dream come true for the people of Gidan Waya.
The new clinic will contain a pharmacy, an operating room, a birthing center, male and female wards, offices for general medical consulting, offices for doctors and nurses and for record keeping. We hope to serve about 5,000 patients per year in the early stages and more after the clinic gets established.
Dedication and Grand Opening in April
The new clinic will be dedicated in mid-April when our mission team from the US travels to Nigeria for our annual mission outreach effort. After the dedicating the clinic, we will be staying on for an intensive medical mission during which medical care will be offered free to everyone who comes. After that, the clinic will open for full-time operation with a doctor and two nurses on staff.
The new clinic will be dedicated in honor of the late Arthur and Esther Bradley. Funds were given to Kateri Medical Services from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley to establish new medical clinics in Nigeria. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley were long-time residents of Simsbury, Connecticut and members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville, Connecticut.
Other contributors to the construction of this clinic were the regular supporters of Kateri Medical Services, members of the Diocese of Kafanchan, grants from the Millennium Development Fund of the Episcopal diocese of Connecticut and several grants form individual parish churches in Connecticut and Ohio. Funds for the first five years of staffing for the new clinic were raised through or recent “New Horizons Fund” conducted in December of 2017.
Kateri Medical Services has been funding and facilitating medical clinics in Nigeria since 2003. We work in partnership with three local Anglican Dioceses: Kaduna, Kafanchan and Gusau.
In partnership with Kaduna Diocese, we have helped to fund Kateri Clinic since 2003 and Iburu Clinic since 2016. In partnership with Kafanchan Diocese, we are building and funding Gidan Waya Clinic. In partnership with Gusau Diocese, we are currently building Graceland Hospital in Gusau, the capital city of Zamfarra State.