Niger’s main road stretches along the southern border, from Niamey in the west to Zinder in the east. On one seemingly empty stretch, Galmi Hospital suddenly appears like a beacon on a hill.
Galmi was founded in 1950. The purpose of the Hospital is to glorify the name of Jesus Christ by demonstrating God’s love. Here, SIM seek to offer spiritual and physical healing side-by-side, caring for those most in need whilst proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples.
Since its foundation, Galmi has become well known throughout Niger for its high standard of patient care. It is frequently used as a referral centre for government health posts and hospitals. In truth, Galmi plays a critical role in health care for the entire central region of Niger.
The clinics serve over 300 men, women and children per day, ranging from those who are wealthy and influential to those who struggle to meet their daily needs. The hospital provides a wide range of healthcare, including outpatients, paediatrics, elective and emergency surgeries, obstetrics, neo-natal and post-natal services, HIV/AIDs clinic, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and the malnutrition clinic, along with many other projects and services.
A dedicated team of 130 Nigerien people, alongside SIM staff, provide care for a total 110 beds. It is an important goal at Galmi to train Nigerien staff, including doctors and surgeons, to compassionately and competently serve their own people.
Around the hospital the village of Galmi has grown, and with it a healthy community of Christian believers. Galmi has two Christian churches and a Christian private school, and there is a desire amongst local believers to grow and build Christian ministry.