|Year Joined MKLM: 2010
Focus: Health Care
People Served: Potential 50 to 70 thousand residents
Project Goal(s): St Patrick's Clinic is a new ministry founded to address the health needs of the poor who live in the slum area on the outskirts of Mombasa known as "Bangladesh"
Judith hails from Illinois and the Parish of the Holy Angels in Aurora which is situated in the Diocese of Rockford. Judith graduated from Rogers College, Ossining, NY in 1971, Valhalla Nursing School in 1972, Columbia Presbyterian where she got her Nursing degree in 1984. In 1999 got her Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago. She is a Registered Nurse, certified in Hospice nursing and is also a Chaplain. Prior to joining Maryknoll Lay Missioner she worked in Bangladesh and India for 22 years with the Medical Mission Sisters, Holy Cross Community, and the Church of Bangladesh
Judith is a Registered Nurse in charge of St Patrick’s Bangladesh Clinic. The Clinic hopes to provide a holistic approach to health care, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the community. Particular areas of focus are Mother-Child health, immunizations, ante-natal care, growth monitoring, eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids through early intervention and education, as well as providing good health care for the general population.
The Clinic works in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Mombasa, the Kiltegan Fathers, and the Community Based Health Care and Aids Relief Project. The Community Based Health Care Workers are mainly residents of Bangladesh who have received basic training in community health care, then volunteer their time within the community. The Clinic collaborates with other ministries in the parish such as Peace and Justice Outreach and the Parish Council. Collaboration with local district hospitals can also be found such as referring patients to these facilities which the Clinic does not have the infrastructure to support.