Since 1950, the SIM Galmi Hospital has been serving Nigeriens and has been a bridge for the Gospel in this country of over 18 million people. Our patients often travel great distances to come to Galmi for treatment, because of our far reaching reputation.
What is the General Hospital Fund
Unlike many places in the world, Niger does not have nationalized health care. The population does not have health insurance. Typically when a Nigerien is unwell, he will seek out the least expensive treatment option which often just prolongs the course of illness. But even if someone seeks proper medical care, the standard model in Niger is that before a patient is examined, he must first go to a pharmacy and purchase gloves and any other materials the doctor needs for the exam. Medical centres do not provide even the most basic supplies that are necessary for treatment.
At the SIM Galmi Hospital we practice a different model. We keep stocks of gloves, gauze, saline solution and syringes. We believe that to provide the best care possible in the name of Jesus to our community there are basic supplies that must be available while still maintaining affordable access to our services.
We recognize that there are certain aspects of the business model of Galmi Hospital that must be sustainable. All of our patients are charged an affordable fee for both inpatient and outpatient services. This income covers the cost of employee wages, hospital utilities, a stock of medications and necessary medical supplies, without which we could not continue regular operations.
There are, however, additional costs that exist in order to provide the best quality care for our patients in this context. These costs include maintaining, repairing and replacing medical equipment and supplies, purchasing office supplies and computers, obtaining necessary maintenance equipment, etc.
There are many hidden costs in keeping a hospital running, and if we were to factor these into our patient fees, our care would no longer remain accessible to our community.
How You Can Give
Interested in supporting the work of the SIM Galmi Hospital by contributing to the General Hospital Fund?
Choose your country:
Canada (be sure to enter project #84400)
East Asia (be sure to include project #84400 on your cheque)
France (be sure to choose “projet” then type in: Hôpital de la SIM Galmi no 84400)
New Zealand (be sure to enter project name and number: Galmi Hospital #84400)
United Kingdom (choose “give now” or “give regularly”, then select “my chosen project”, enter in Galmi Hospital 84400)
United States (select “support a project” and search for project #84400)
*Don’t see your country here, check out this list of our international SIM offices that are able to accept donations. Please contact them directly, and don’t forget our project number: 84400.