Welcome to the website of the
Last update: 16th July 2016
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.
Newborn Resuscitation training in Bende, Abia State - Job Done!
NHCP has been training trainers at Royal Cross Hospital since 2013. On our last visit, in November 2015, we were encouraged by the energy and commitment of local training coordinators Stella Chibuzor, matron at Royal Cross (left), Felicia Fechi Ujah (below, with Mary) and Joy Chinyere (below right) who work for Bende Local Government Area in Abia State.
Since the visit, Felicia, Joy and Stella have worked hard to ensure that every health facility where babies are delivered in Bende has at least one member of staff who has been trained to resuscitate babies. We have also been able to supply basic equipment (bags and masks) for each facility.
NHCP is working with Felicia, Joy and Stella to develop a reliable way of assessing whether resuscitation skills and knowledge are retained. We are working together to prepare further training for February 2017 on the care of the umbilical cord to prevent infection and the detection and management of jaundice.
Also in February 2017, NHCP hopes to work with Nigerian colleagues in three other states – Benue, Ekiti and Oyo – to train more trainers in neonatal resuscitation and care
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New Chair for NHCP
At the AGM in June, we welcomed Mrs Ali Redmore as the new Chair of NHCP. Clare Meachin has had to stand down due to other commitments but we are delighted that she is able to stay on as a trustee.
She spent the first half of her childhood at Wesley Guild Hospital Ilesa, where her father Dr Andrew Pearson was Medical Superintendent. Ali returned to Nigeria to teach at Oron Methodist Girls High School as a teacher with VSO. She returned to the UK as a science teacher, became a trainer of science teachers and has recently retired from a senior role at the University of Hertfordshire.
Uzuakoli Support Group – Another Job Well Done
Also at the AGM we celebrated the success of the Uzuakoli Support Group who have done so much to support the Leprosy Centre, the Motherless Babies Home, St Christopher’s School and Royal Cross Hospital. Established 13 years ago, the Uzuakoli Support Group(USG) has fulfilled most of its aims and will cease later this year. USG have raised over £220,000 over the past 13 years. We hope that many USG supporters will transfer their support to NHCP.
We welcome two USG trustees – Bob Jarrett and Dr Jill Spencer – to join Rev Dr Jen Smith (already a USG and NHCP trustee) as trustees of NHCP. Bob was Chair of USG and used to work as a volunteer manager at Uzuakoli. Jill is a consultant neonatologist in Liverpool and has volunteered at Uzuakoli and Royal Cross.
Below: Jen Smith, Bob Jarrett and Jill Spencer
2016 Christmas CardThe new card for 2016 is now available. We hope you like this year’s design which, like last year’s best-selling card, is based on Nigerian fabrics. See order form for details
2016 DVD ‘The Gift of Life’
The new DVD is now available and lasts 17 minutes – a good length for most meetings. It includes news from the training visit in November 2015.
New NHCP Leaflet
We have produced a new leaflet for 2016 that supercedes the previous general leaflet and the Association of Friends leaflet
The DVD and the leaflets are available free from:
Dr David Cundall
1 Gledhow Park Road
Tel: 07989 194726 or 0113 2938351
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
An Association of Friends leaflet is available.
Introduction to NHCP now on YouTube
We now have a 6 minute introductory video on YouTube.
Find out about the What, Where, How and Why of NHCP by clicking on this link: