Helen Ntukidem, a retired UK nurse, has had a long-standing vision for a small maternity hospital in Ikot Ayan Itam, in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, the village where she was born. In 2005 an architect produced detailed drawings for her of a small, single storey building. The India Africa Foundation was established in 2011 with the Africa element focussed on Ikot Ayan Itam. By 2016 sufficient funds had been raised to start building.
Ikot Ayan Itam, with a population of some 10 000, lies between Oyu, the State capital and Itu, which borders River Crossing State. It is tropical, hot and very humid. There are no shops; the market place is not functioning. There are no health facilities.
The building of a security wall, a borehole and the hospital itself has neared completion. However, the raised funds are nearing depletion.
Hospital equipment is needed; IAF is exploring possible sources for used equipment either in Nigeria or UK (together with means of transporting equipment to Nigeria). Next, we need to hire local staff (in particular, nurses and midwives).