The Eziama Community located in Imo State, Nigeria is a rural area of 23 villages with over 80,000 people. The area is greatly lacking in basic health care facilities or programs. Over five years, a small but outstanding hospital complex had been constructed in the middle of Eziama community.

In May of 2003, field staff, along with an experienced hospital administrator, traveled to Nigeria to assess how we could assist in equipping, staffing and starting up services at Grace Hospital.

A phased opening of the Hospital began in January 2004 providing Outpatient Services. Phase Two involved setting up a Maternity and Surgical wards and Diagnostic services such as lab and X-Ray.

The operation of Grace Hospital, however, was only one component of a Comprehensive Community Health Initiative which included Community Health Education, Public Health Programs at the village level and District-wide Immunization Programs.