Like almost everyone else, the Covid pandemic has forced Kateri Medical Services to do things differently. We have been prevented from traveling to Nigeria for our annual medical outreach missions, first because of the Covid restrictions and second because of security problems. Prior to the pandemic, we were a very hands-on enterprise in terms of engaging with our local partners and in evaluating potential sites for new clinics to be built. When the Covid restrictions stopped us, we decided to find new ways to accomplish our mission. Here are three examples.
New Clinic Development in Kebbi Diocese
With the help of a local organization which wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons, we were able to do an extensive study of potential clinic sites in three rural villages which are in desperate need of basic medical care. Consequently, we have begun our most challenging initiative to date. We are educating workers, hiring new workers and building three rural clinics to serve some of the most medically underserved people in Nigeria.
Urban and Rural Medical Outreach Missions with Cornerstone Health Foundation
We have formed a partnership with Cornerstone Health Foundation (CHF) to organize volunteer doctors and nurses and others to conduct medical outreaches in areas of desperate poverty. CHF was founded by Yohana Iko, a local high school science teacher and an ordained deacon in the Baptist church. Yohana has worked with us on our annual outreach medical missions for many years. When we were not able to host any outreaches in the past two years, Yohana requested our help in purchasing medicine for outreaches he organized. In 2021, our combined efforts helped 2,873 people. We hope to increase that number in 2022.
June Medical Outreach in Port Harcourt with FaithCare
After a two-year hiatus, Kateri Medical Services (KMS) is planning our first medical outreach mission in Nigeria this coming June. We will be holding a one-week outreach at our partner clinic in Port Harcourt. We will be receiving help from FaithCare, a faith based ministry based in Pennsylvania and Abuja, Nigeria. The FaithCare team will be providing surgeons. We will be providing volunteers from the United States plus funds for medicine, security and housing. Our local partner, St. Thomas Medical Centre, will be providing the site for the outreach, nurses and support staff, and volunteers. We will combine our respective resources to help many hundreds of people over five Days. When we finish the outreach in Port Harcourt, we will travel to Abuja to dedicate the new FaithCare Hospital there and to conduct the very first outreach at that location. One of our KMS board of directors was a major contributor to the FaithCare Hospital. We are grateful for our partnership with FaithCare and look forward to working alongside their teams in the same work for many years to come.