March 3, 2016

Eastern Mennonite Missions workers help build new clinic in Guinea-Bissau

Written by  Emily Jones
Nurses Madeleine Ndiaye (left) and Tening Mané (right) stand in the consulting room, prepared for their first day in the new clinic. In 2014, Mané completed a two-year nurses’ training course, paid for in part by EMM fundraising, that allowed him to return to Catel as director of the clinic. Nurses Madeleine Ndiaye (left) and Tening Mané (right) stand in the consulting room, prepared for their first day in the new clinic. In 2014, Mané completed a two-year nurses’ training course, paid for in part by EMM fundraising, that allowed him to return to Catel as director of the clinic. Photo provided by Karen and Michael Baker.

CATEL, Guinea-Bissau – After two and a half years of construction, a Catel clinic began operating out of its new building on February 29, 2016. Until February 29, the clinic, started by EMM worker Beryl Forrester, had been based out of various temporary locations, including a church, a bedroom, and a disused cashew processing plant. With help from local leaders and U.S. teams, EMM workers Dave Shirk and Michael Baker have overseen construction of the new clinic building since October 2013. The new building has a prenatal care room, a lab, a pharmacy, a wound care room, three beds for overnight observation, indoor bathrooms, and a shower. “Through many hours, and generous donations from many in America, this clinic is now a reality,” said Baker.