We opened the Nancy Mason Memorial Clinic at Iburu in July of 2016. And since then, we have been operating with a full-time nurse and weekly visits from one of our doctors at Kateri Clinic ( more than 2 hours drive away).We were searching for a doctor who was willing to live in a rural area and to conduct mobile clinics in the remote rural villages. It is not easy to find a doctor willing to commit to these criteria. After a long search, we have finally fond a doctor who shares our vision, Dr. Abel Dahunsi.
The Nancy Mason Memorial Clinic at Iburu is an inter-faith and international collaboration.
First of all, the land was donated by the local Muslim Village Chief to the Anglican Diocese of Kaduna with the proviso that it be used to build a medical clinic to serve the community of rural farmers who have no access to medical care locally. Several years before, the chief’s own daughter died as a result of not being able to get help in time. So he donated the land in hopes of saving other children.
Secondly, funds were donated by the family of the late Nancy Mason to build the clinic. Nancy was a nurse in Connecticut for many years prior to her death from cancer. When she was a young woman, she wanted to be a missionary nurse but marriage and children changed her plans. Her family felt that this missionary health clinic would be an appropriate way to honor her memory.
Thirdly, when we hosted this outreach in July, we realized that the clinic would not be large enough to host all of the people we would serve. So, we asked for help from the pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church which is right next door to the clinic. He gladly agreed to help and we used the church for our triage team, eye clinc, dental clinic and prayer teams.