For the past four years, we have not been able to take U.S. team members to our clinics for our
annual medical outreaches. In 2019 and 2020, the pandemic restrictions prevented U.S.
members from going. Since then, the worsening security situation made it too dangerous
for us to go. However, the security threat has improved in some parts of the country and
we decided to try a low-key and low-visibility medical outreach at our St. Thomas Clinic in Port
We offered general medical consultancy and eye care at this clinic. We served many mothers and small children with malaria prevention being the main concern along with a number of childhood diseases.
In addition to the clinic outreach, we packed our medicine and our team and did two mobile clinics at local churches: Hosannah Anglican Church in Echaapere Aleto and Our Saviour’s Anglican Church in Orominieke on August 18 and 19. Although we deliberately planned low-visibility events and despite needing extra time to move to three locations, we served 941 people.
The bishop of the Diocese of Niger Delta North was so impressed with our team effort that he invited us to do a diocesan-wide medical outreach next year. If the security situation continues to improve in this area, we hope to be able to do just that.