A Note from Inside Niger
“If you could come here and see what life is like in West Africa, it would change you. The level of destitution here is foreign to most. Our hospital is doing work at the deepest level of human need.
“The population of Niger is about 98 percent Muslim, and most healthcare facilities are operated by the government. As a private hospital, we are in a unique position to provide a different kind of care in a Muslim country.
“But the Danja Hospital is a 62-year-old facility, and as such, natural needs arise—like our current need for improved sanitation methods and a new culvert (see details below). The old culvert is too small and causes flooding at the entrance of the hospital. We need a better way to welcome those who arrive at our front door. We need something like a bridge—which, we pray, is also what we’re offering through the hospital: a bridge to real hope.”
—Steve Brown, 20-year SIM worker; based in Niger
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” — Hebrews 12:12-13 (NIV)
DETAILING THE NEED
by Steve Brown
Danja Hospital is where much healing takes place. But the facilities themselves are in desperate need of healing! We seek improvements in two primary areas:
SANITATION: Our disposal facilities are aging. A new incinerator is essential. Our current incinerator is broken and is no longer usable. Since its collapse, we have been disposing of hospital wastes in ways the government is demanding we change. Along with a new incinerator, we need another couple of structures for handling waste vials, needles, and other hospital wastes that must be handled separately from burnable wastes.
ACCESS: We must improve the culvert that allows stream water to pass under the entrance road to the two medical centers. The size of the current culvert is inadequate. During heavy rains the stream water overflows the culvert onto the main hospital access and damages the road. It can force those in need of care to turn around.
We repair the culvert each year, and each year take temporary measures to avert major damage. But when the necessary funding is received, we will make a much wider culvert that can handle three times as much stream water. This will remove the annual threat to the hospital entrance.
All said, the goal is to offer the public accessible, sanitary facilities for the best medical care possible.
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