Health Services

For almost as long as The Salvation Army has existed, it has operated hospitals and clinics in some of the most needy areas of the world. That remains true today.

The Salvation Army's medical services are most effective, influential and sustainable when they link to health-related community development, which gives local people – Salvationists and others – the opportunity to participate.

The international vision statement for health ministry says:

The Salvation Army seeks to be a significant participant in the delivery of faith-based, integrated, quality primary health care as close to the family as possible giving priority to poor and marginalised members of society. The Salvation Army offers education programmes that equip health workers with appropriate skills and experience as well as developing commitment to holistic Christian health ministry.

Salvation Army works in all geo-political zones in the countries, Salvationists respond to the health concerns in their communities. In addition to church-based programmes, The Salvation Army currently has 9 health facilities in 7 states, focusing on healthcare and the eye care. These include 2 hospitals and more that 5 clinics and 2 Rehabilitation center’s. We also have Children’s Home

In the Nigeria Health sector , we are committed to the spreading of the social gospel by Rehabilitation of the vulnerable to tropical health challenge without discrimination, and through provision of qualitative medical treatment in order to restore health and wholesomeness in collaboration with others who share our vision.

The different Salvation Army health care facilities provide care covering a range of different conditions, in line with the needs within their geographic location. The types of services provided included, in 2020: (including clinics stats)

  • Eye clinic
  • Mother and child
  • Optical services
  • ENT clinic (ear, nose & throat)
  • Audiology
  • Medical outreaches
  • Mental health
  • Laboratory services
  • Orthopaedic/physiotherpy
  • X–ray service
  • Dental

Clinic Stats

  • In our hospitals we cared for 348 inpatients, 473 786 in out-patients per visits on weekly bases
  • In our clinics we attended to 338,064 new out-patients and 608,809 repeat visits.
  • An average of 72 pregnant women attended their first antenatal clinic visit in our centres weekly

Services Provided

  • Maternal and child health services
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Detection and management of communicable disease e.g. HIV and AIDS
  • Early detection and management of cancers
  • Emergency care
  • Infectious diseases e.g malaria, cholera
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dental services
  • General surgery
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy

We encourage local communities to respond to health issues, to increase their capacity to care, change and develop healthy communities and to have hope and a knowledge of the grace of God in Christ.

The Territorial Health Services – part of the Programme Department at The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters – supports and encourages the development of health services throughout the world where The Salvation Army operates, and influences the development of local and international partnerships.

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