Work has Begun on the St John of God Rehabilitation Centre

The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God has been Cameroon since 1968 and now has two healthcare facilities: the St John of God Hospital at Nguti, specialising in traumatology and orthopaedics, a benchmark facility in the country, and the St John of God Health Centre at Batibo.

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience of providing health and social care in the country, the Brothers of St John of God realised that there was a need to provide care and rehabilitation services to people with disabilities in the city of Douala, which has a population of 2 million, particularly for boys and girls with serious malformations. And it was this that led to the decision to create a Rehabilitation Centre in Douala to be able to provide care for a large number of people unable to travel to any other centres because of the lack of resources and the difficulty of crossing overland through the jungle.

On 23 March, 2012 the contract was signed for the construction of the first building for this new centre, between the Hospitaller Order and the Cameroonian company "Ets Mbeussjp Construction Cameroon", in the presence of the technical director of Juan Ciudad ONGD, Bro. José María Viadero Torre, as the representative of the organisation, to which the management of the project has been entrusted, together with its monitoring and evaluation.

The new rehabilitation Centre will specialise in traumatology, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and will take place in several phases, with different modules to house the medical personnel and the Community of Brothers, and the operating theatre, and the inpatients department.

Various entities belonging to the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God are financing the project including the General Curia in Rome (Missions and International Cooperation Office), the African Province of St Augustine, the Spanish Andalusian Province, and Juan Ciudad ONGD itself, which is particularly involved in finding other public and private sources of financing.

 

 

 

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