In late January of this year we told you that due to recent terrorist activity in Nigeria, government officials had closed of all Nigerian’s boarders. ( Click here to read that report.) Medications for our Health Center were being secured through our contact, a Christian medical doctor on the teaching staff of a major training hospital in Nigeria. The closing of Nigerian’s boarders had a devastating impact on our Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad, eventually resulting in its closure due to running out of medications. The supply line from Nigeria was initially set up because we were able to purchase medications at a greatly reduced cost through our contact. Retail prices for the same medications in Chad were over seven times the cost we were paying in Nigeria.
We immediately began to plan for a team to travel to Dono-Manga by air with supplies to reopen our Health Center. We told you of this pressing need and your response has been so encouraging. We are excited to announce we now have sufficient funds to send our Director of Operations, Rambi Ayala and Dr. Eni to Dono-Manga with sufficient supplies to restock our Health Center. We have also tasked them with the responsibility of establishing arrangements with a Chadian Pharmaceutical company to enable us to purchase medications at a reduced price.
The people we are serving are the poorest of the poor and without this Health Center would just die at home without the hope of treatment. Before this situation arose our Health Center was treating over 1000 people per month! Hundreds of lives have been saved, many of them children under the age of 5. We don’t have words to adequately express our deep appreciation to those of you who responded to this special appeal.
Our team will be on their way in the very near future and we look forward to bringing you news when they return. We asked that you join us in prayer for the success of this critical mission.