CSLF Danja (Centre de Santé, Leprologie et de Fistule), also known as Danja Hospital, is a general purpose health centre, with expertise in the treatment of leprosy and obstetric fistula. Its vision is to minister to the whole person as exemplified in the life of Jesus, who “…preached, healed and taught.” (Matt. 4:23)
Throughout Niger, many former patients and others are living testimony to the witness of Danja as they serve the Lord as teachers, pastors, evangelists, farmers, traders and in many other walks of life. Leprosy care in particular provides a unique relationship between staff and patients due to the long term nature of the treatment and rehabilitation required. The fruit of these relationships has been the vibrant and growing Christian community related to Danja and it’s projects.
In 2009 CSL Danja began a major partnership with Worldwide Fistula Fund, and in 2012 the obstetric fistula center was opened. The centre offers specialist surgical care for women who have been injured in childbirth, and is growing to also include rehabilitative training. This is similar to the effort already in place for patients who have recovered from leprosy. The centre also plans to train doctors in fistula repair, and to develop model community-based prevention programs.
The unique community structure at Danja also involves projects addressing a wide range of needs. The large site on which CSL Danja and the nearby SIM compound are situated also includes hundreds of acres of farmland, with a history of agricultural development. Sowing Seeds of Change in the Sahel has a project on site, and there are also Danja’s large Food Aid program, a primary school, and CSL Danja’s church amongst others.
As SIM Niger seeks to bring the message of Jesus to new ears, Danja works alongside local churches to reach the population in the immediate area. The planting of churches has always been a major emphasis. Danja is situated in a rural area just outside the major city of Maradi, and so bridges the gap between two major ethnic groups in particular, the Hausa and the Fulani. Additionally, people come from far and wide across Niger and northern Nigeria to Danja for care, bringing individuals from many other groups into contact with Christian ministry.