Chad

While supporting BMS World Mission as a whole, as a church we have a particular emphasis on their work in Chad, a needy country.

Mark and Andrea HotchkinCurrently we support three people there. Surgeons Mark and Andrea Hotchkin have had much experience in the NHS and in Guinea.  In 2010 they were asked to go as a family (with two school age daughters at the time) to set up and run a newly built hospital, Guinebor II, on the outskirts of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. They advertised and appointed national staff and worked as surgeons and leaders in the management. Their work as surgeons was very successful in spite of shortages and limitations.  The American founder of the hospital returned after some years, and Andrea and Mark moved on to establish work in an unused hospital on the Saharan borders of Chad, which they were setting up, with some difficulty in recruiting permanent staff and equipment, when local fighting meant the sudden evacuation of non-nationals.

A temporary return to N’Djamena has provided an opportunity for them to contribute to a national health consultation, and to visit another distant site to establish a clinic, but they are nevertheless anxious to return as soon as possible to continue the improvements and establishment of the new hospital in Bardai.

 

We also support Claire Bedford, a hospital pharmacist, who has continued to work at Guinebor hospital as Claire Bedfordchief pharmacist and to take some part in management. Obtaining necessary drugs and equipment is not easy. She also tries to establish relationships with some of the local people who live near the hospital, and to take part with Christian fellowships in N’Djamena.