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.
Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Referral Hospital, Akwa Ibom State
In September 2018 work started on Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Referral hospital Ekpene Obom, Akwa Ibom State.
The new 20-bed amenity ward will expand and improve hospital services in memory of Dr Esther Davies (1919-2011) a missionary doctor from Portadown who gave 50 years of her life in service to people affected by leprosy in Ekpene Obom. The new ward will benefit approx. 200 leprosy-affected people each year who will receive free and subsidised services for leprosy reaction and ulcer management.
In previous years, your support has 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.
Read about how your gifts have transformed this hospital.
Read about Dr Esther Davis - a missionary from Portadown who worked in Nigeria for 40 years.
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.