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FUM Announces Handover of Kaimosi Hospital

Friends Hospital Kaimosi has been handed over to the National Council of Churches of Kenya

Eight years ago, Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer time and financial resources. Under FUM’s leadership, the hospital has become financially stable with a well-qualified professional staff and an ever-improving reputation for medical care in the name of Jesus. We praise God for all that has been achieved during these years of FUM’s management of Kaimosi Hospital, including:

· Financial transparency and accountability through a Team Management system
· The Adopt-a-Nurse Program
· Donations of essential pieces of equipment: Portable ultra-sound machine, oxygenators, etc.
· Delivery of a container of medical equipment and supplies through World Medical Relief
· Purchase of an ambulance
· Hiring of a resident doctor to assist the government appointed doctor
· Renovation of half of the main hospital building
· Purchase of medications and other hospital supplies
· Support for the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) for over 1,500 HIV/Aids and TB patients
· and, perhaps most significantly, we made sure the staff was paid a living wage, consistently and on time throughout the 8 years.

On 1 February 2014, FUM ceased involvement in Kaimosi Hospital. East Africa Yearly Meeting, in cooperation with Friends Church Kenya, has entered into a new relationship for the future of the hospital – the National Council of Churches of Kenya has chosen this facility to be the flagship of their new “Jumuia” chain of high-quality Christian hospitals. The Council is poised to invest significant funds in upgrading the buildings, equipment and staffing in order to attract patients from across Kenya.

Three months after the handover, Agatha Ganira, director of the hospital’s HIV/AIDS program (called the CCC), had this to say about how things are going:

“The hospital is running well. We have now settled in and finished our probation of three months. The staff are happy; at the beginning there was a lot of tension but they have relaxed and working well. We have a devotion and staff meeting every Tuesday where our new Administrator has been spiritually feeding us. Since he is a trained pastor, he has really changed the staff attitude toward this meetings. His teaching and preaching have been building us spiritually. … The community has started using the facility and they appreciate the positive way that services are offered. The Patient Care Service Manager and I visit churches every Sunday for mobilization and sensitization and it has been fruitful. The CCC still offers free services for HIV and TB and there is good support for these clients from the clinicians. … We are now fully computerized, from registration, outpatient and all other departments. This has reduced a lot of paperwork. … Renovations will be starting soon, and I believe that after renovations are complete there will be a lot of changes including offering of specialized services according to the NCCK’s long term vision. The school of nursing will be reopened so that they can be able to have enough trained nurses. Please continue to pray for us as we go through this transition.”

There have been “wrapping up” costs associated with the handover, and FUM is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of donors, we have been able to clear all outstanding financial obligations. After all final hospital transactions have been concluded, we will remain with a the corpus of the Mary Ellen Kessler Bequest Fund for health care ministries in Kenya. Although Kaimosi Hospital is no longer associated with FUM, Friends have certainly not exhausted the gospel mandate to offer healing to the sick in Jesus’ name! As we look ahead, we invite all Friends to pray with the FUM Board as it discerns how God might be leading Friends into new forms of health and healing ministry in East Africa.