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Our Irish-born foundress, Mother Mary Martin, was actually in Nigeria when she made her first profession of religious vows, which marks the foundation of MMM, back in 1937. In the years since then MMMs have seen many developments and changes in Nigeria.
Today we are involved in health care at nine different locations. We have three hospitals. One is at Eleta in the city of Ibadan in Oyo State. Another is at Urua Akpan in the State of Akwa Ibom. The third is at Mile Four, just outside Abakaliki, in Ebonyi State.
At Itam, which is also in the State of Akwa Ibom, we have the Family Life Center, where Sister Ann Ward pioneered the cure of women suffering from vesico-vaginal fistula. This is a residential Unit, as the cure usually requires several separate surgical interventions. Today, another MMM surgeon, Sister Mary Molloy, is in charge at Itam.
Elsewhere we are involved in community based health care, training of Traditional Birth Attendants, control of diseases such as TB, leprosy, measles and others to which the population is particularly vulnerable. As in all countries, a considerable amount of effort is devoted to the effects of the AIDS pandemic.
We have a multi-cultural Novitiate at Ibadan. Many professed MMM Sisters who come from Nigeria are working as missionaries in other countries.
Back in 1921, when our foundress was a lay missionary, she took a canoe up the Cross River from Calabar and then trekked on foot the rest of the hundred-mile journey to Onitsha, she saw the teeming multitudes of people without health care. That inspired her to return to her home in Ireland and look for companions who could help her address the needs.