Grace Hospital is a brand new rural health facility serving Eziama and the surrounding communities (23 villages, 80,000 people) in Imo State, 1.5 hours north of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Grace Hospital is a symbol of God's Grace. 'Hope for the Hopeless, Grace for the Lost.'
The vision of Grace Hospital is to provide total health care services to the people of Eziama and surrounding communities in Imo State, as a demonstation of the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. It provides services to 23 villages and 80,000 people.
The most glaring need for the Eziama community was basic health care. Starting a hospital was the latest and most ambitious venture to date. There is an almost total lack of good medical care for villiage people. The simplest medical need requires a bus ride to the city hospital and most rural people do not have the resources to pay for medical attention that requires surgery or a hospital stay. In 1996, the finances to erect the basic buildings were secured from Canada and the decision was made to start and proceed, in faith, one step at a time.
The land for the hospital was donated by community memebers and the construction began. In 2002, construction of Grace Hospital was largely completed and the focus turned to equipment and staff. A working committee now known as the Friends of Grace Hospital was formed in Vancouver to help the Anyanwu's reach the goal of getting the hospital operational. In 2003, a phased opening plan was developed to start up the hospital first with an outpatient clinic and community health education programs.
Community Involvement - Partnerships with Nigerian and International organizations will be focussed on empowering the people of Eziama to be intimately involved in the development of programs to improve the physical and spritual health of their community.