First point of care for a population of about 25,000 in the Massinga District
Receives referrals from several outlying health centers
Around 500 babies delivered annually
Provides prenatal care and well baby check-ups, including immunizations
HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment Center
Rotation site for nursing students in Inhambane Province that focuses on rural community health prevention services
Founding of Inhaloi Hospital
Inhaloi Hospital opened to the Inhaloi community in 1959, providing access to basic medical care and, eventually, surgical services. Dr. Marguerite Palmer, a Free Methodist missionary, assisted with forming the hospital and training staff. A partnership with the Free Methodist Church provided several additional nurses over the next two decades to assist with training and providing specialized care.
With the onset of a national civil war in 1977, the hospital began to limit services and eventually became caught in the turmoil. For a period of time during the war the hospital served as soldiers' barracks and the grounds were neglected. With the ending of the civil war in the 1990s the hospital began to resume service to the community with the leadership of Alfredo Sevene, Technico. Following a peace treaty in 1994, the hospital grounds were handed over to the government of Mozambique. The hospital continued to be administrated by the Free Methodist Church of Mozambique and a partnership between the two was fully formed in 2005.
Partnership with the FMC and Hope & Healing Africa
In 1997 Rev. Hendrik Smidderks, son of missionaries Dean and Faith Smidderks, returned to visit Mozambique following the civil war and reconnected with the staff who had continued to provide care through the years of the civil war. In 2012 a team of medical professionals traveled to Inhaloi Hospital and began to form a closer partnership with Inhaloi Hospital. In 2013, Hope & Healing Africa, Inc. was formed to support the work of Inhaloi Hospital. To learn more about the ongoing work of Hope & Healing Africa, visit www.hopehealafrica.org.