Welcome to the website of the
Last update: 27th May 2017
This site tells you about our work and how you can support it.
Nigeria Health Care Project is a registered charity No 1112932
The project was launched in April 1992 in order to revive the work of the Wesley Guild in medical mission, which began at Ilesha Hospital in 1912. From just two (centres) projects in 1992, we are currently involved in funding 16 projects.
- To work with the local Methodist Church Nigeria leadership in providing health care facilities and trained personnel in areas of Nigeria which have poor or non-existent services as an expression of our common Christian love and discipleship
- To work with the Nigerian diaspora to raise awareness and funds for the above cause.
- To work with the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain to continue a creative partnership with Methodist Church Nigeria,
- To raise funds and be good stewards of our financial resources.
Short Story Competition – ‘Welcome to My World’
As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations we invite entries to our short story competition from adults aged 18-30. We are delighted that the shortlist will be judged by Chibundu Onuzo, the well-known Nigerian novelist (author of The Spider King’s Daughter and Welcome to Lagos). The competition is open from March 13th and will close on June 30th 2017
A glittering awards ceremony will be held in London on Sunday October 1st 2017 – Nigerian Independence Day. See the competition page for more details.
NHCP AGM 20th June at Christ Church, Halton, Leeds, LS15 7RW
This year’s Annual General Meeting features a keynote speech by Professor Ajesola Majekodunmi, Chair of the Medical Board of Methodist Church Nigeria and Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Lagos College of Medicine. Her subject will be
'NHCP, The Story So Far: And Beyond.'
The AGM starts at 11.30 for 12 noon. Prof Majekodunmi’s talk will be followed by lunch and the business meeting. RSVP to Dr David Cundall firstname.lastname@example.org
Training in neonatal resuscitation and care
During February and March 2017 we completed two weeks of further training in church hospitals in Abia and Benue States. This year we were keen to evaluate the programme. 39 out of a total of 91 participants had been previously trained and came back for a ‘refresher’ course where their skills were evaluated and some new training provided.
Early in the first week, our evaluations showed that it had proved difficult for staff to retain their skills. In partnership with local training coordinators, we emphasised core resuscitation skills and found ways to ensure that people will be able to practice their skills regularly.
Each day started with singing and we enjoyed an enthusiastic response from participants.
Click here for a full Training Report
Dr Ogunlaja, Sisters Marcellina and Eunice training at Bethesda Hospital
David Cundall with local training coordinators from Benue and Kaduna
Dr Joseph Onah, the new Medical Director at Bethesda, showing how it's done
Trustees’ Visit February- March 2017
A small group of trustees visited all the places we support, except for Damishi and Galadima in Kaduna State which were off-limits due to security concerns. Reports on each centre have been updated on this website. We were encouraged to see progress on the building of the Wesley Guild Centenary Hospital at Odo Village, Ishara, Remo Diocese. This was started with seedcorn funding raised by NHCP in 2012 and is continuing with a major donation from Sir Kessington Adebutu, a local philanthropist
Left: Ali Redmore, NHCP Chair, speaking at Odo, Ishara, Remo Diocese
Right: Walking the foundations of Wesley Guild Centenary Hospital
Our Silver Year
When Peter Grubb and the Revd John Pritchard launched the Project in 1992 they could not have imagined just how much has been achieved in 25 years. In the early days, NHCP played a key role in galvanising interest and focusing support for health care in Nigeria from Wesley Guilds in the UK. By October 2017 we anticipate that over £1.5m will have been raised from all sources, a remarkable achievement.
During this quarter century the world has moved on. We are in an equal partnership with Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) and are blessed with excellent working relationships with the MCN Health Secretary Deaconess Ronke Oworu. Mobile phones and e-mail mean that we can communicate so much more quickly and easily with our friends in Nigeria.
More recently we have been able to offer training of health workers in Nigeria – with volunteer training facilitators in Nigeria working hand in hand with colleagues from the UK.
In 2017 we hope to further develop the curriculum in newborn care with our friends in Abia State and train more trainers in Benue State.
We will have lots to tell you about as the year unfolds – see below for some more highlights.
Association of Friends
NHCP has an Association of Friends who give money regularly to ensure that salaries of essential staff in Nigeria continue to be paid.
One of the people we support is Esther Yakubu, a nurse midwife at Galadima Health Centre in Kaduna State. Here she is training others.
We currently have 90 members of the Association of Friends. Our target of reaching 120 has been extended to June 2016. If you are interested in becoming a Friend please contact Jenny Benfield: Tel: 01284 702157 e-mail email@example.com
An Association of Friends leaflet is available.