In Kogi and Akwa Ibom states your support is helping fund the early detection, prevention and management of leprosy impairments and disabilities at the hospitals in Ekpene Obom and Ochadumu and within the local communities there.
In 2017, your support enabled the renovation of four toilets and four shower rooms at Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital in Ekpene Obom. This has made a huge improvement to the living standards of the patients as the bathroom facilities had fallen into disrepair. Now, there is less risk of outbreaks of disease.
Throughout the year, leprosy patients receive health education on personal hygiene and sanitation and are given advice on how to avoid anything that may cause a reoccurrence of ulcers or injuries that could worsen or lead to disabilities. This is such a vital effort in ensuring that patients can live a fulfilled and independent life once they leave hospital and return to their families and jobs.
Thanks to your gifts we have also been able to provide Bibles, daily devotionals and Hymn books on each of the wards at Ochadumu hospital.
In Kebbi state your support has funded initiatives to reduce leprosy-related stigma in the community, reducing discrimination and encouraging better integration of leprosy-affected people within their home village.
In 2018, your generous gifts will help build a ward at Ekpene Obom hospital in memory of Dr Esther Davis (1920-2011), a missionary from Northern Ireland who worked in Nigeria for 50 years, specialising in the care and treatment of leprosy.