Maternal Health Program
Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomoso (now Bowen University Teaching Hospital)
Project completed: 2008

Project Managers: Dr. Timothy Awotunde and the NFW Council
     Hugh and Joan Philpott are South Africans who served as missionaries to Nigeria in the 1950s.  Dr. Philpott served at the hospital in Ogbomoso, in addition to other medical facilities.  Since retiring as a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he has spent the past 15 years leading maternal health programs in rural South Africa.

In April 2008 the Philpotts returned to Obgomoso for three weeks.  NFW sponsored Hugh’s airfare to and from Lagos, and the medical centre provided all ground transportation, lodging and meals.  Hugh taught seminars for midwives and doctors, introducing methods of perinatal audit he had developed in South Africa, and they established together new interventions that will help to advance the quality of care.  He and Dr. Awotunde visited other maternity units in Ogbomoso to develop closer links with Baptist Medical Centre-Ogbomoso (BMCO) and share protocols of management and patient referral.

Dr. Philpott recommended the biomedical equipment project that NFW helped implement later in 2008, and he continues to consult with the BMCO staff via internet to help them analyze their maternity patient data for findings that will enhance patient care.

Academic Periodicals and Journals

Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso
Project Completed: 2006

Project Managers: Dr. Joseph Ilori and Becky Neil Albritton
     In 2004 Joseph Ilori, president of one of
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Africa’s preeminent seminaries, requested assistance from NFW.  He asked for help in providing periodicals and journals for the seminary library to update and enhance professional resources for the students and staff.

NFW provided $1,000 and ‘Professor’ Ilori selected seven periodicals he felt were essential.  Becky Albritton made the contacts and set up subscriptions ranging from one to three years, so that the seminary has access to current religious and theological publications.