African Christian Hospitals was born in Nigeria. As early as 1953, missionary nurses began serving the sick and wounded through backdoor clinics. Dr. Henry Farrar, his wife Grace (RN), and their 5 children went to Nigeria in 1964, and were joined by two missionary nurses the following year: Nancy Petty and Iris Hays. An outpatient clinic was opened in 1965, and the Nigerian Christian Hospital opened in 1966, at the outset of the Biafran war.
To support this ministry and other future ministries, the African Christian Hospitals Foundation was legally incorporated in 1974. Over the years we have added two additional medical works in Nigeria, two in Ghana, and two medical works in Tanzania. As we grew in Africa, we also added "International Health Care Foundation" (IHCF) to our name to accommodate other medical missions opportunities.
Our facilities and ministries provide services ranging from primary health education to life-saving surgical care. As Dr. Farrar said in 1964:
"It is our hope to have a part in bringing the light of truth to dispel spiritual darkness and the healing arts of medicine to relieve the suffering of humanity even as did the Great Physician himself."