Health and Social Services

Health and Social Services

Health and Social Services

This department is one of the arms of the Church coordinating her work of spreading the gospel by delivering health and social services in line with what the early missionaries did. Units under this department are involved in rendering health care and promoting community development. The Units are:

Vom Christian Hospital

This hospital was set up by the early pioneering Sudan United Mission (SUM) as a way of reaching people with the gospel. It was founded in 1922 and located in Vom (Vwang), Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State Nigeria. The hospital has a 300 bed capacity with on-going services such as AIDS prevention with the help of the Aids Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), Drugs Abuse and Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (DATRC) as well as other areas of health care. The hospital currently has a consultant family physician and visiting surgeon and obstetrician/gynecologists. Specialist eye care has commenced since October, 2010. The centre is working toward starting a residency programme in Family Medicine and works in  collaboration with some non governmental organizations like the Pro-Health International to render free health care. It has also received support from Medic Assist International (MAI) UK.

COCIN Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre (CHRC) Mangu

The Hospital which was founded by Sudan United Mission (SUM) was established in 1950 as a leprosy settlement. The School for the Physically Challenged is part of the hospital and was established in 1954 but subsequently admits other children that are not physically challenged. The Leprosy Settlement became a full fledged hospital in 1976 where all cases were seen and treated including other special services like eye services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, TB and Leprosy (the hospital serves as the Plateau State referral Centre), community based rehabilitation services and other outreaches in the area of mental health and AIDS.  The name Leprosy and Rehabilitation Centre was changed to COCIN Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in the year 2000 in order to reflect the new range of services being rendered. The hospital is useful for the learning experience of students from Colleges of Health and Technology Pankshin, Zawan, Kagoro in Kaduna State, Keffi in Nassarawa State and students from University of Jos Department of Social Works and Rehabilitation. The hospital has an annex in Jos called Barden Memorial Clinic situated at Laranto, Bussa Buji Street, Jos. It was established in 1985 in memory of late Dr & Mrs. P.W. Barden (founder of Vom Christian Hospital).
The hospital is supported by the following non- governmental organizations (NGOs)
1. Christoffel-Blindenmission International (CBMI)
2. The FARIDPUR Stitching Foundation in the Netherlands
3. The Institute of Human Virology in Nigeria (IHVN)

COCIN Community Development Programme (CCDP) Panyam

This is the community development arm of the Church, which started in 1997 with the merger of the then COCIN Rural Health Programme (RHP) and Rural Development Programme (RDP) to deliver holistic community based integrated care. Apart from the provision of primary health care to the remote communities, the programme is engaged in mobilizing communities towards realizing the solution to their everyday needs. A lot has been achieved in the provision of clean water, roads, schools, clinics/dispensaries and many other things. The centre is supported mainly by the Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED) also known as Church Development Services, an association of the Protestant Churches in Germany.

Rural Health Programme (RHP) Molai-Borno State

This centre started as the Lake Chad/Rural Health Programme, Molai in 1936 in the Borno area as part of what was called the Borno Outreach Committee (BOC) which was responsible for all missionaries sent to the area by COCIN Headquarters in Jos. The expatriate, Dr. David Carling, spear-headed the establishment of the health care in the form of a leprosy hospital which was later taken over by the Borno State Government in 1976. Like CCDP-Panyam, this centre is involved in rural health care as well as community development activities. A lot of work is ongoing at the centre in the area of eye care with the strong support of Christoffel-Blindenmission International (CBMI) while outreaches to outside clinics are carried out by the team at the centre. The centre also carries out primary health care through the 15-18 clinics it runs.

COCIN AIDS Awareness and Care Programme (CAACP)

This unit came in to being in 2002, after a COCIN Minister’s Conference on HIV and AIDS in 2000 which was sponsored by the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). The purpose of this programme is to raise awareness and advice on HIV and AIDS issues. This is done by raising awareness and education on prevention, care and support for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and also countering stigma and discrimination. CAACP also informs and advices the Church on HIV and AIDS issues to enable her take appropriate decisions. CAACP works in collaboration with government and some non governmental organizations like Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA); Geneva Global Incorporated (GGI); Tear-fund Nigeria; Pioneer Mission Australia and Plateau AIDS Control Agency (PLACA).